Many school subjects require students to read and analyse paragraphs of text. Whether it’s a description of freeze-thaw action in geography, or a synopsis of the rise of cryptocurrencies in ICT or economics: blurbs, descriptions and essays confront our students with unique challenges.
Sometimes our students don’t yet have the reading level to cope with the text. Sometimes they just simply get switched-off or disinterested, and this may or may not be related to their English language proficiency.
Have you ever stopped reading a book, or a short article, because it just didn’t interest you enough? I know I have, many times.
I can read but if I’m not interested, I’ll switch off.
Take the following body of text from my book, for example. How would you differentiate this so that all of the students in your class could understand and use it?:
I had a great professional development session with a group of colleagues this week. We came up with some great ways to differentiate texts, which I’ve included in this article. Study the images carefully: I’ve linked them to the text above.