THE HIGHTY MARFUS
Once upton a finble, there joved six highty marfuses. They joved in a marce tave. Now, marfuses were somewhent blodget and
flocious. Marfuses often debrited or whorked with the neighbor farbles. One day the pecanious highty marfus whorked for sifty bunbons with a pecanious farble. The marfus begomed blodget with this farble. His mother had to gerfit and brented the pecanious highty marfus to his tave.The marfus tamted a while. Later the highty marfus pringed to the farble. Both the marfus and farble were able to whork without begoming blodget. The marfus and farble whorked for bunbons in the tave. (End of Story)
When you are finished reading the story, go to Step 2.
The Highty Marfus story is rated as being late 3rd to early
4th grade level on the Fry readability index.
Questions 1 - 5 test your understanding of the "facts" presented in the story.
Questions 6 - 9 test your ability to make "inferences" from the facts.
The most important thing to note is this: Even if you answered ALL the
test questions correctly, you still have no idea what a marfus is, what a
marce tave looks like, or how to jove or gerfit or brent. It probably feels like you are reading a foreign language. You may be able to pronounce the words and answer the questions on the test, but you really do not understand the meaning of the words or the point of the story.
This demonstration is designed to simulate the abilities and difficulties of
children who have a language disability with respect to decoding and comprehension of
written material. It shows how some students may get passing grades in school
even though they do not really understand what they are reading. Without intervention
and instruction that addresses their specific learning problems, these students may
get passing grades in many classes but still remain functionally illiterate.
For more information, refer to the Glossary of Terms
and the list of Reading Disability Resources on the ReadingCoach