Strategy 1: Provide access to the general education curriculum using individualized reading and writing materials
What to Do
- Identify grade level curriculum goals, standards and areas of study.
- Identify the relevant big idea/key concept appropriate for student.
- Connect text to real life experiences, provide concrete experiences and relate text to child’s prior knowledge.
- Adapt grade level texts or locate trade books on specific areas of study.
- Adapt text or presentation by adding pictures/symbols, reducing amount of text, reduce complexity of text as needed, provide multi-sensory materials to reinforce text and concepts.
- Provide accessible formats for literacy materials.
- Provide/create key words in accessible format and have available to student.
- Preview key vocabulary.
- Read book, article, text multiple times, in a variety of formats (for example, teacher reads aloud with props, computer access, choral reading, speech/AAC device, round robin, readers theater-act out story).
Things to Consider
- Are all materials offered in child’s preferred reading medium?
- Are all materials age appropriate?
- Are materials provided at both the instructional and independent reading levels?
- For students in inclusive settings, are you pre-reading lesson before presentation in general education classroom?
Always Ask Yourself