Adapted books are a great way to provide access to grade-level content for all learners. By using adapted books, you can support students’ comprehension, focus on content-specific standards, and deliver grade-level content for early learners. Here are three ways you can use my Barack Obama adapted book in your classroom.
Small group and whole group read alouds
My favorite way to use it in my classroom is with a read aloud group of 2-3 students. The text is differentiated into two levels so all learners can comprehend and access the complex ideas in the text. Level one provides early learners visual aides to answer wh- questions through matching identical pictures. The level two text aides comprehension by providing visual choices in a field of three to answer wh- questions. Follow up your read aloud with adapted activities like a was-had-wanted sort, a timeline, and a main idea graphic organizer.
Independent reading and listening center
This book uses simple, concrete language that learners can access using real-life pictures. Display this adapted book in your library so that students can read it and answer wh- questions about Barack Obama. You can add this book to a listening center and record yourself reading the text! Pair the recording with the adapted book and students can work on fluency with an appropriate reading model and familiar text.
Addressing Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts
Students with disabilities often require modifications and visual supports to access grade-level content, and this book provides them the opportunity to access this content. When I read my Barack Obama book, I focus on informational texts standards such as ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers (grade 3), because students are able to refer back to the simple, concrete language and real-life visuals to answer questions about the text.