Welcome, Mrs. Siegelbaum’s Fifth Grade Class!

If MotherGoosemouse were to check her site meter, she’d notice about a 16 hour stint on her Blinded Me with Science BlogHer post coming from my IP address.

Go there and you’ll find links to all the info presented at the conference breakouts that you missed. And um, that would be me. Because I am a little embarrassed to admit, I spent far too many of the sessions either blogging, talking, or foraging for berries and edible bark thanks to a food service schedule at odds with both east coast jet lag and my blood sugar levels.

Mo G.M.’s links led to links led to links which led me to Lynne D Johnson’s suggestion of exploring a readability assessment tool. In plain English: how easy is it fer peeple to follow wot yer saying on yer blog.

My results:

Average number of syllables per word: 1.44

Words with one syllable: 2669

Two syllables: 795

Three syllables: 251

(Notice how I just used three more three-syllable words by using the word syllable three times? Ha! Now it’s five more!)

Flesch Reading ease (A 100 point scale, 100 being Dr Seuss and 1 being medical texts written in Aramaic. 60-70 is ideal.): 75.65

And finally, the Flesch-Kincaid Grade, or how many years of schooling it would take someone to understand the conten): 5.09

Wait til I tell my parents that my overpriced private college degree has enabled me to write at a fifth grade level. They’ll be delighted. (That’s another three-syllable baby right there, just in case you’re keeping track.)

Try it yourself and let me know your Flesch-Kincaid Grade. I’d love to know what I’m spending most of my time reading these days.


64 thoughts on “Welcome, Mrs. Siegelbaum’s Fifth Grade Class!”

  1. Flesch-Kincaid of 4.23 and Fox Index of 6 something. Just slightly more challenging than the TV Guide. Jeesh. I’m going to blame this on the husband’s occasional post.

  2. This is a hoot. I’m glad to know my blog is clearly accessible to all…Avg # syllables: 1.44Reading ease: 74.17Flesch-Kincaid: 5.58

  3. Some good resources, eh? I’m happy to be the kid off whom everyone else cheats. Anything to be popular…Average # syllables: 1.46Reading ease: 70.42Flesch-Kincaid: 6.64Check out the F-K algorithm…Algorithm: 206.835 – (1.015 * average_words_sentence) – (84.6 * average_syllables_word

  4. Oooh, fun! Reading ease: 68.15 (uh-oh)Flesch-Kincaid: 7.67 (You have to be in grade seven to understand my blog!) At least I’m still coming in just under most novels. (I wonder if they calculated The DaVinci code into that assessment?)

  5. I will play with you at recess, since my blog is in grade 5.53. I’m feeling a little bad about this. Should I be? Back to figure out the rest. So this will require more comments (just so that will still be at grad school level, I’m no fool).

  6. Oops – confusion! The TV Guide/Reader’s Digest/Popular Novel chart is for the Gunning Fog index – mine is 10.83, which means I am slightly less readable than Dan Brown (I always suspected as much). Has someone tested the readability of the readability test?

  7. Uh oh. My Flesh-Kincaid grade level is only 4.21. And the Gunning Fog index puts me a shade below Reader’s Digest. Maybe I should put a little more time into composing posts…

  8. My Flesch-Kinkaid is 6.76, so I’m evidently as readable as “Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret” and other fine pre-adolescent literature.Flesch Reading Ease: 69.33

  9. Don’t bank on that quite yet, Liz.I have an average syllable per word at 1.42 and a Flesch-Kincaid grade level of 4.05.I’ve never been more proud of myself.

  10. 75 on the nose, which puts my writing at just below a grade 6 reading level.Must be because I transliterate all of those ancient Greek words.That, or they’re incorrectly counting WTF as a one-syllable word.

  11. Summary ValueTotal sentences 891Total words 9951Average words per Sentence 11.17Words with 1 Syllable 7334Words with 2 Syllables 1884Words with 3 Syllables 574Words with 4 or more Syllables 159Percentage of word with three or more syllables 7.37%Average Syllables per Word 1.35Gunning Fog Index 7.41Flesch Reading Ease 81.07Flesch-Kincaid Grade 4.73I have a masters degree in Comp Lit, and still, not even 5th grade. Sigh.

  12. I’m at like a 4.43. Nice. But if HBM is only just below 6th, that thing is f’d up.Or, I need to go back to college.

  13. I’m a total word nerd, so I love this!My Flesch-Kincaid Grade is 5.51.My Flesch Reading Ease score is 73.22.My Fog Index is 8.24 so at least I’m up there with “popular novels.” Tee hee.

  14. Just found your great blog and regardless of fog, Flesch, Kincaid, or dark of night, don’t change a thing.I’m a bit concerned that I may generally be too obscure.% of words with 3 or more syllables, 9.72Fog index, 12.31Flesch reading ease, 65.6Flesh-Kincaid grade 9.34average words per sentence, 21.06 (lord, I do run on)

  15. I am not sure whether to feel proud of my readability. (grade level – 4.79) Hopefully it makes up for all the big words I use on the job (insurance, portability, underinsured…snore).

  16. Apparently, Mine is about 3.67. as you can see, I worked in State Government for several years and needed to accomodate appropriately.And the kitties? Dear Jeebus….How can you resist?

  17. Oh, this is depressing. I’m only at a 3rd grade reading level. On another note, I am totally not surprised that Bub and Pie is at 10.83. I’ve had to pull out the dictionary to look up words reading her posts–which is a good thing, mind you. It challenges me to improve my 3rd grade skills!

  18. that looks like my fifth grade school pic! Ps 117! QUEENS!Anyway, my score is 4.30? Yikes!!

  19. Gunning Fog Index 7.57Flesch Reading Ease 78.68Flesch-Kincaid Grade 4.80So you either need 7.5 years or 4.8 years of school to understand my blog. Either way, looks like that B.A. in English Literature isn’t helping much. Couldn’t you point out which one is you in that photo? C’mon, please?

  20. My turn…Summary Value Total sentences 676 Total words 9042 Average words per Sentence <>13.38<> <>Chatty Cathy strikes again!<> Words with 1 Syllable 6216 Words with 2 Syllables 1626 Words with 3 Syllables 781 Words with 4 or more Syllables 419 Percentage of word with three or more syllables 13.27% Average Syllables per Word 1.49 Gunning Fog Index 10.66 Flesch Reading Ease 67.07 Flesch-Kincaid Grade 7.23 This was a blast! Thanks for pointing the way.

  21. I’m a low scorer, hopefully this will make someone out there feel a little bit better:Gunning Fog Index 7.39 Flesch Reading Ease 81.83 Flesch-Kincaid Grade 4.52

  22. I do this every time I write. I hover between 65-80% readabilty and between 6-8th grade.I do it because I have a terrible way of using the dreaded passive tense. My goal is always to have less than 3% passive sentences.It is a blast, eh? Gotta love MS Word.ps – at BU, they told us to aim for fifth-grade level. So your education did, in fact, pay off!

  23. cool – one degree, one diploma and half-way through a Masters and I’m writing at 4th grade level (4.6 to be exact).

  24. Umm…I actually considered fudging the score before I reported back to you becauase my fancy dancy education yields only 4.43. I need to clearly add some more syllables. Off to pour myself a stiff drink.

  25. ouch, 4.38 is the grade level for my site, but the reading ease was at 74 percent which is kind of close to what they suggest you should write at… Eeek. Must Focus on Writing More Gooder. Haha.

  26. My Flesch Kinkaid is 6.03, but my average number of syllables per word is only 1.43 compared to your 1.44.Damn you, Mom-101.Damn you.

  27. Mom101,you may be a year younger than I but I would have guessed you to be more than a grade older! To be fair I am an early 4th grader and you are a late 5th grader. Not having a college degree and also already being criticized for my spelling grammar already-I must say I thought it would be worse than 4th grade. I should click it again and see if it gives me the same grading. GAH LEE EYE SHOOD YOOZ LAWNGER WORDZ Reading Level ResultsSummary ValueTotal sentences 755Total words 7638Average words per Sentence 10.12Words with 1 Syllable 5763Words with 2 Syllables 1303Words with 3 Syllables 455Words with 4 or more Syllables 117Percentage of word with three or more syllables 7.49%Average Syllables per Word 1.34Gunning Fog Index 7.04Flesch Reading Ease 83.57Flesch-Kincaid Grade 4.12

  28. Readability ResultsThe following table contains the readability results for http://jenjenqld.blogspot.com/ .Reading Level Results Summary Value Total sentences 207 Total words 2467 Average words per Sentence 11.92 Words with 1 Syllable 1799 Words with 2 Syllables 484 Words with 3 Syllables 139 Words with 4 or more Syllables 45 Percentage of word with three or more syllables 7.46% Average Syllables per Word 1.36 Gunning Fog Index 7.75 Flesch Reading Ease 79.38 Flesch-Kincaid Grade 5.15 This was a hoot,I didn’t know that thes things existed, Thanks for pointing this site out!Jen

  29. Reading Level ResultsSummary ValueTotal sentences:152Total words:1289Average words per Sentence:8.48Words with 1 Syllable:886Words with 2 Syllables:283Words with 3 Syllables:86Words with 4 or more Syllables:34Percentage of word with three or more syllables: 9.31%Average Syllables per Word:1.43Gunning Fog Index:7.12Flesch Reading Ease:77.07Flesch-Kincaid Grade:4.62February of fourth grade. Great. I knew those Lindsay Lohan posts would come back to bite me in the ass.Or. Maybe I’m a GENIUS…“Brevity is the soul of wit.” –William Shakespeare

  30. Or. Perhaps we are all freaking geniuses…“The more syllables a euphemism has, the further divorced from reality it is” –George Carlin Think about it…Love = 1 syllablePolitics = 3 syllablesSex = 1 syllableImpotence =3 syllablesPeace = 1 syllableTerrorism = 4 syllablesHeal = 1 syllableChemotherapy = 5 syllablesJoy = 1 syllableCurmudgeonliness = 5 syllablesHug = 1 syllableXenophobia = 5 syllablesRare = 1 syllablePredictability = 6 syllablesPlus, isn’t simplicity a zen thing. (Zen = 1 syllable)

  31. GCQ: In the words of that great pop God David Cassidy: <>I think I love you.<> I know they’re each just one syllable, but I won’t apologize for it.

  32. Well, my Flesch-Kincaid Grade is 5.35, and my Fog Index is 8.13. The Flesch Reading Ease is 77.39. So I guess I’m right in the middle of everyone – at a decent level so most people can read what I write, but not so simple that little kids are getting the sex jokes. Whew.

  33. Not sure how I hit a 6th grade reading level with my 9 mos. pregnant brain. But it has to be better than when I tried to add several columns of numbers today … carry the one. I’m still figuring that one out.Average words per Sentence12.86Words with 1 Syllable5552Words with 2 Syllables1503Words with 3 Syllables510Words with 4 or more Syllables213Percentage of word with three or more syllables9.30%Average Syllables per Word1.41Gunning Fog Index8.86Flesch Reading Ease74.79Flesch-Kincaid Grade6.02

  34. Total sentences 430 Total words 4960 Average words per Sentence 11.53 Words with 1 Syllable 3594 Words with 2 Syllables 953 Words with 3 Syllables 307 Words with 4 or more Syllables 106 Percentage of word with three or more syllables 8.33% Average Syllables per Word 1.38 Gunning Fog Index 7.94 Flesch Reading Ease 78.38 Flesch-Kincaid Grade 5.19 Well, I guess it’s a good thing I did go back and get that M.A. in English, eh? Imagine how awful my score would be without it.

  35. Here’s mine:Gunning Fog Index: 6.90Flesch Reading Ease: 77.82Flesch-Kincaid Grade: 4.30So this means I’m an idiot, right? Oh well.

  36. Gunning Fog Index 5.65 Flesch Reading Ease 86.32 Flesch-Kincaid Grade 3.13Proof only that having a large family has rotted (rotten? made rot?) my brain.

  37. i… uh… er… um…. meant to do some..thing… else… …it was an accident my coming… here.jeepers. i didn’t know today was “my blog is smarter than your blog” day! yeesh. and an instant classification, to boot? holy crap! instead of crafting a brilliant multi-syllabic missive today, i went to see a really stupid (yet surprisingly funny) movie which did nothing to inflate my score and/or enhance the content of my blog. i’ll just take my low brow sensibilities over to some blog with 2nd grade level writing…. where someone’s idea of hilarity is fart jokes and bad puns. (apparently that’s where i belong.) xox

  38. Okay… I’m back, checking out scores, etc. I’m totally confused because I didn’t pay attention to the 60-70 being ideal on the readability score. I thought the higher the better and thought it interesting that the higher the grade level the lower the ease of reading score. Oh well, what I am curious about now is that picture. That can’t be your class picture, can it? You weren’t even born yet, were you? ‘Fess up, woman!

  39. Fog: 9.19; Flesch Ease: 70; Flesch Grade: 6.36.Also: 11.4% of my words contain three or more syllables. Apparently I’m just another man obsessed with length.

  40. OMG. I have a 4.97. I didn’t realize I was so lame. Dude. Maybe I shouldn’t keep saying “Dude.” I thought I was smarter. I is real smart, ya hear?

  41. The readability test was one more thing I wrote down in my conference notes and then totally forgot. Thanks for the link!Flesch-Kincaid Grade 6.4I’m trying to think about what I wrote in 6th grade. I know I contributed some really bad limerick poetry to the class magazine. Bad as in poorly written, not x-rated, you naughty people!

  42. I didn’t know that I was writing for 8th grade students!!!! Guess I better grab a copy of Teen People and start taking notes.Carrie

  43. I know many of you actually went to the conference, and I didn’t, so I could be totally missing the context of hte post and the comments–but you all did know that a lower score is a better score, right? Whenever I’ve read about readability tests, it’s stated that a grade 4 result is the ideal. You definitely want under grade 10. In other words, what this proves is that you all are very good writers. (FWIW, I got a 5.7 on the grade index and a readability scale of about 80, so not bad.)

  44. Wow who knew I was writing for 3rd graders. Slightly easier reading than the Reader’s Digest.

  45. i write for fifth-graders TOOO!(5.39)Flesch Reading Ease: 74.50.Oh, and I bear everyone here hands down with the “I got a masters degree for this…”try PHD in ENGERSLISH, mofos.In a nutshell–I have wasted a massive portion of my life. Huzzah!!!Actually, I think this score is good. It shows I am rhetorically sensitive–as are we all. Sure, I could throw in posts about the epistemological premises of this, and the deconstructive, poststructural leanings of THAT. (it’d be a BLAST)but I would like at least one person to read what i am writing. so tits and willies it is…speaking of literacy–could there BE any more letters in your word verification? i am now on THIRD go. (i know, i know–better that than spamments. sigh…)my brain ‘urts….

  46. Oh yeah. 5th grade here too. I do take some pride in my “Gunning-Fog index,” which reveals my writing level (8.07) to be well above TV guides (6) and just barely atop Reader’s Digest (8).

  47. Well, I’m at a third, almost fourth grade level at 3.75. Gunning Fog index 6.65 and reading ease 83.21.But I’m better than TV Guide with that GF index? I’ll take it.When they come up with a measure for hilarity and heart, let me know. I bet you’d be off the charts, Missy.

  48. 80.60 Flesch Reading Ease3.88 Flesch-Kincaid GradeOy. Guess I’m going back to finish up that MA in Literature just in time. My teachers would be SO proud.(Though I’m betting that if any one of us wrote a post on deconstruction or epistemology RIGHT NOW and then re-took that test we’d score higher.)

  49. Hey, totally cool quiz. I got 72.25 (where 60-70 is ideal). I guess I won’t apply for any Aramaic medical textbook writing jobs. But I got a 6.87 on the next one, so you ALMOST need to have gotten to the seventh grade to understand me.I’d better scour my blog and make sure I’ve never made any passing references to believing myself to be an intellectual.

  50. Gunning Fog Index 8.20 Flesch Reading Ease 77.13 Flesch-Kincaid Grade 5.34 I’m actually really happy to see these results, because sometimes I worry that I’m too wordy and obscure. Little did I know, I’m practically Dr. Freaking Seuss. Loved this link.

  51. Crap. My writing is apparently at a fifth grade level, too. And my Flesch-Kincaid Grade was around 74 as well. 12.45 words per sentence on average, so somewhere between WSJ and The Times?

  52. Mine was pretty close to Kristen’s and yours:Flesch Reading Ease 76.68Flesch-Kincaid Grade 5.57Average words per Sentence 12.11Three college educated women and we all write at a level that one must have completed only the 5th grade to comprehend. Hmmm. I guess I’ll just be glad it’s not 4th grade 🙂

  53. Fog index: 7.9Reading Ease: 79.2Grade: 4After Izzy’s comment, I am so ashamed. Good thing I wasn’t a writing major in college… 🙂

  54. I’m writing at the fourth grade level. And I’m two years into a doctorate program in education. Two years of grading my students’ papers have definitely had a deleterious effect on my own discourse.

  55. After reading Mrs. Chicky’s Word post, I discovered that I had missed out on this fun piece while on vacation. It seems many of us are hanging in fifth grade. Average Syllables per Word 1.42 Gunning Fog Index 8.19 Flesch Reading Ease 76.07 Flesch-Kincaid Grade 5.17 At least I have a few years of writing before my oldest daughter can comprehend my nonsense.

  56. Thanks for this blog – this thing has just been added to classblogmeister and I had no idea what it was – now I know. And now I know how my kids are going with their writing – very interesting.Thanks again 🙂

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