| Text Complexity Analysis of
by _Alma Flor Ada____________ (author)
Recommended Complexity Band: _Moderately Complex_______
Briefly describe the text:
A prince makes a promise to an unknown voice that he will go to the Land of No Return to save his father’s life. He is then given tasks to complete or risk losing his life and with the help of Blancaflor, he is successful.
Meaning/Purpose: (Briefly explain the levels of meaning (Literary Text) or purpose (Informational text)
Moderately Complex: Though the story line is predictable and obvious, there is a lot of symbolism. Many of the animals hold meaning.
Eagle, dove, horses Viento (wind) and Pensamiento(thought)
Pg. 343 “A young prince…”
A deep voice came from the tree.
Pg. 348 “ If you fulfill the three tasks that I ask of you, …”
Pg. 349 “…Blancaflor disappeared.”
Text Structure: (Briefly describe the structure, organization, and other features of the text)
Moderately Complex: There is more than one story line; Prince Alfonso and Blancaflor.
Language Features: (Briefly describe the conventions and clarity of the language used in the text, including the complexity of the vocabulary and sentence structures.)
Very Complex: there is a lot of symbolism
Pg. 346 “… she sensed a connection between her husband’s healing and her son’s departure.”
Pg. 347 “…the prince saw a white dove…”
Pg. 347 “Then a majestic eagle appeared…”
Knowledge Demands: (Briefly describe the knowledge demands the text requires of students.)
Moderately Complex: Themes of honoring your word and theme of love is relatable to student readers. Students need to understand what the symbols of the eagles, dove, and horses mean.
Complexity Band Level (provide range):
4th - 5th
Lexile or Other Quantitative Measure of the Text: 800L
Considerations for Reader and Task
Below are factors to consider with respect to the reader and task (See attached guiding questions to assist each teacher in filling out this section for his or her own class):
Potential Challenges this Text Poses:
*Understanding symbolism of Eagle and doves
*the two horses; wind and thought
Major Instructional Areas of Focus (3-4 CCS Standards) for this Text:
RL 4.3 Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text.
RL 5.3 Compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text.
RL 4.2 Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.
RL 5.2 Determine a theme of a sotry, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize text.
Differentiation/Supports for Students
-chunking text in small sections
-create reader’s theatre
-use graphic organizers to sequence events
-pause frequently to allow students to sequence events and ask questions
English Language Learners
-Review challenging vocabulary
-students can read independently
-students can create character maps analyzing the two main characters Prince Alfonso and Blancaflor.
Recommended Placemat: Briefly explain the recommended placement of the text in a particular grade band.
4th - 5th grade due to symbolism and complexity of figurative language
Created by: Jean Macintosh and Paula Landau Reviewed by: