Comprehension Corner

What Are Accessible Texts?
Comprehension Corner
What Strategies Do Good Readers Use?
What Are Fix-Up Strategies?
What Are Comprehension Constructors?
How Do I Use Modeling Effectively?
What Are Accessible Texts?
What Are Text Sets?
How Do I Make Reading More Purposeful?
How Do I Improve Group Work?
What Does Engaging Instruction Look Like?
How Do I Promote Transfer?
What Strategies Promote Comprehension?
What Are Inquiry Units?
How Do I Create Opportunities for Social Learning?
How Do I Promote Questioning?
Where Can I Learn More?
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Tovani recognizes that traditional textbooks aren’t appropriate for all reading needs or all readers.  Among her concerns are, “The reading material is often above their grade level and inconsiderately written. Concepts are introduced too quickly.  Too many vocabulary words are thrown at students, with not enough opportunity to use them.  Students’ background knowledge on the topic may be limited, so they have nothing to connect the new reading to.” 


Tovani suggests supplementing textbooks with what she calls accessible texts.  Accessible texts are interesting, well written, appropriately matched to the level of your students, and high interest.  They should be pleasing to the eye and interesting to read. While accessible texts are more readable, they do not compromise rigor.  Accessible texts can be compiled into text sets.


Examples of Accessible Text


         short nonfiction selections


         picture books


         short stories

         biographical information

         internet pieces

         student writing


         historical recounts



         primary sources



         letters and journals






For further reading, see Do I Really Have to Teach Reading, Chapter 4.

Last updated: July 9, 2008

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