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Reading Diversity

Mar 01, 2016 2016-03-01

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Enhance Reading Diversity in the Classroom

Traditionally tools that aid text selection have focused on quantitative and qualitative measures, such as complexity, word and sentence length, cohesion, language features, and knowledge demands. However, these tools do not include diversity and representation, critical literacy, or reader and task as part of the selection criteria. Teaching Tolerance has developed Reading Diversity, a unique model to make it easier for teachers to include diverse voices in K–12 classrooms. This model promotes a multidimensional approach to text selection that prioritizes critical literacy, cultural responsiveness, and complexity. Teaching Tolerance has designed two versions of the Reading Diversity model as two editable PDF tools educators can download, complete, save, and share: Reading Diversity Life: A Tool for Selecting Diverse Texts (Teacher’s Edition) is a one-page questionnaire that helps users include diverse voices in their day-to-day planning by answering 14 simple “yes or no” questions. This tool is ideal for busy teachers and anyone else looking to assess a text’s diversity. Reading Diversity: A Tool for Selecting Diverse Texts (Extended Edition) gives users an in-depth look at the complexity and diversity of a text and is ideal for curriculum coordinators, literacy coaches, book-selection committees, and preservice teachers.

Click Here to Download Free Tool (Teacher’s Edition)

Click Here to Download Free Tool (Extended Edition)

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