• Accessible Literacy
     
    For the 2008-2009 school year we have been involved with a literacy project with some of our good folks in the Laredo area school districts. 
     
    We have known that one of the biggest hurdles for secondary level (middle school, junior high school, and high school) teachers in providing access to the general curriculum for students with significant disabilities is age-appropriate literature.
     
    So what we did was provide the participants of the training a copy of the software Writing with Symbols 2000 (WWS2K.)  In addition to the software, they received training on:
    • appropriate strategies for determining grade level text
    • how to lower the readability level of text
    • how to add symbols for literacy support
    • using WWS2K to develop symbol-supported reading and writing activities
    Below are just some of the activities created using WWS2K.  Feel free to download them for use with your students. 
     
    Rebus symbols ©Copyright1992-2007 Widget Software. Used with permission
    Picture Communication Symbols (PCS) ©Copyright 1981-2007 Mayer-Johnson LLC. Used with permission.
     
    NOTE:
    Some of the graphics were imported to support specific text within in each story.  Those graphics will not transfer to your computer. Be sure to import any graphics that you feel your students need for reading assistance.
     

     
    Gail Devers / Fact or Opinion
    The story of Gail Devers was taken from a released 2007 SDAA II 5th grade test.  It was reduced to a 4.4 readability level.  The associated writing activity conforms to TAKS-Alt reading objective 3: The student will use a variety of strategies to analyze culturally diverse written texts. The activity was written for a Level 2 TAKS-Alt assessment task. I'm sure you can find this objective at other grade levels.
     
    Right click and choose "save Target As..." to save the documents to your computer.
     
    You will need the WW2K program to open this document.
     
    This is a zipped file. After it is unzipped you will need the WW2K program to open this document.
     

     
    The Dust Bowl / Cloze Sentences
    The story of the 1930s Dust Bowl across the Great Plains was taken from a released 2006 8th grade TAKS test.  It was reduced to a 3.4 readability level.  The associated writing activity conforms to grade 7 TAKS-Alt writing TAKS Objective 4: The student will recognize correct and effective sentence construction in written text. The activity was written for a Level 2 TAKS-Alt assessment task.
     
    It can also be used with grade 11 TAKS Objectives 4 and 5: The student will, within a given contect, produce an effective composition for a specific purpose.  The student will produce a piece of writing that demonstrates a command of the conventions of spelling, capitalization, punctuation, grammar, usage, and sentence structure. A Level 2 task.
     
    You will need the WW2K program to open this document.
     
    This is a zipped file. After it is unzipped you will need the WW2K program to open this document.
     

     
    Louis Pasteur/Text Supported Conclusions
    This story was taken from a released 2006 exit level TAKS test and reduced to a 4.7 readability level. The associated writing activity conforms to TAKS-Alt ELA 11 TAKS Objective 2: The student will demonstrate an understanding of the effects of literary elements and techniques in culturally diverse written texts. A Level 2 task.
     
    You will need the WW2K program to open this document.
     
    This is a zipped file. After it is unzipped you will need the WW2K program to open this document.
     

Last Modified on February 11, 2009