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Do low level adapted text help comprehension?


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Posted Sep 19, 2008 at 10:07:32 AM
Subject: Do low level adapted text help comprehension?

Now that my daughter is in highschool and in SPED English. They use adapted books such as, " The Adventures of Huck Finn" and "Romeo and Juliet". Will my daughter get any benefit from these books? I would think using the original and then breaking it down with the student would be better than already having it broken down. Any comments?

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Mandi
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Posted:Sep 19, 2008 12:20:10 PM

As an auditory learner, myself i agree with you.

Here is the thing schools forget, They aren't there to teach the deeper meanings of life. They are there to provide a skill. Such as reading comprehension. They think getting the story into the head of the kid is most important. But it isn't if the skill to get it there is wholy ignored. That hardly is a method of compensation, it is more a methoed of ignore the problem dumb down the text and say a prayor. I am sure for some students its a great system.... But uh.... Well.... The skill it seems your daughter needs isn't exactly taught that way...Or so i should think. But i am not an educator.

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scifinut
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Posted:Sep 19, 2008 5:28:52 PM

I have to respectfully disagree with Mandi.

It would depend on the severity of your daughters comprehension issues. Will she be able to comprehend with the lower level text and be able to build better comprehension skills by slowly increasing the difficulty of the text as the year goes on? Or, does she already comprehend at a high level but has a lower reading level? If she comprehends at a high level but has a low reading level, then this system won't work for her because she will be bored.

It is typical when working with kids who have low comp skills to start with an easier text and work on the comp skills while not straining their reading ability. Shakespeare can be very difficult to comprehend and read in its original text because the word usage is so different from what we speak. By puting the text into easier form and building up the comprehension skills, it will be easier for the student to build better skills. The goal is to build skills, not overwhelm the student with archaic language.

However, there are some students who have a very high comprehension level but not the reading skills to be able to show it. These students need higher level text given in a way that they can use such as Text to Speech, book on tape/CD or teacher reading aloud. This allows them access to the higher level thinking that they are capable of.
[Modified by: scifinut on September 19, 2008 05:39 PM]

scifinut mom to: ms 16, bp/adhd/anxiety/complex ld mr. 20, add/dyslexic I hear and I forget I see and I remember I do and I understand. -Anonymous

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Mandi
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Posted:Sep 21, 2008 12:35:11 AM

I was assuming high comprehension low reading level.... Or difficulty decoding words but total understanding of the words. If that makes any sense?

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