By taking into account sentence length and syllable frequency, the Flesch-Kincaid readability test (about) tells you what reading level something is written at. See how the U.S. presidents stack up: State of the Union speeches ranked by reading level. *Literature scores are also interesting: Green, Eggs, and Ham (avg. 5.7 words per sentence, 1.02 syllables per word = grade level of minus 1.3) all the way up to a particularly long sentence on sharks in Chapter 64 of Moby Dick that is said to be off the charts (you'll have to find it yourself) 

Inane reading selection is the highlight of this year's New York state's 8th grade reading exam  Pineapples Don't Have Sleeves 

Every child deserves to be read Latin. Winnie Ille Pu: The Latin Versions of 10 Modern Stories for children

In 1999, historian David McCullough delivered one of the most inspiring speeches on the joy of reading in his commencement address at the University of Connecticut, unveiled today, is a new social network that allows students to read, write and discover new literature... more>>

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