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Marshall Adult Education Reading Skills: Good Nutrition

Example Web Site and/or Technical Equipment Required

Website: http://resources.marshalladulteducation.org/reading_skills_home.htm

Website Example: http://resources.marshalladulteducation.org/rs/hc/l15hc/Good_Nutrition_Level_1.5.pdf

More Ways

Computer(s), Internet access, projector, speakers and/or headphones

Activity Description

This site can be used for helping students gain fluency in reading and for supplemental reading exercises. Choose a topic that fits with your current course objectives. For example, if you are teaching health and nutrition, choose a text such as the example "Good Nutrition."

Preparation

  1. If using the readings as a whole class exercise/lesson, print out and prepare copies of the text. (See Web Site Example above.
  2. Answer keys  are also available, as are charts for students to record their progress.

How-To

See simple instructions for students

  1. Use the pre-reading questions to introduce the topic.
  2. Teach the vocabulary listed in the pre-reading section.
  3. Give students one minute to read as much as they can of the text (see instructions for timer) .
  4. Have students record/graph their words per minute on the reading chart.
  5. Using the site, have students read along with the audio (a voice recording of the text).
  6. Have students practice reading again without the sound (individually, in pairs, with a tutor, etc.).
  7. Complete the final timing with the facilitator.
  8. Graph the final timing.
  9. Have students write answers to the questions about the text and check their answers.
  10. Assign students to complete the writing activity.

Students can also be assigned to use the site individually in a computer lab for reading practice.

Teacher Tips

  • This Web site is specifically designed to support reading fluency for adult ESL and ABE students. There are numerous texts on a wide range of issues, including topics related to EL Civics, from “Getting to Work on Time” to “Bee Stings.” They are grouped by reading level (.7 to 8).
  • For each text, there are pre-reading questions and vocabulary definitions, three timed readings of the same text including audio to hear the text read aloud, post-reading comprehension questions, and a final timed reading.
  • There are very simple steps that explain in easy English how to use the site, Answer Keys  for all the reading exercises, which can be printed out, and Reading Charts  for students to record their progress (reading rates).

More Ways

The texts and recording of timed readings could be used on a regular basis to supplement and support reading fluency.

Levels

  • Beginning Literacy
  • Beginning Low
  • Beginning High
  • Intermediate Low
  • Intermediate High
  • Advanced
  • All Levels

Standards

Basic Communication

  • (3.5) Understand basic principles of health maintenance

Basic Communication

  • (7.4) Demonstrate study skills
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OTAN activities are funded by contract CN200091-A2 from the Adult Education Office, in the Career & College Transition Division, California Department of Education, with funds provided through Federal P.L., 105-220, Section 223. However, OTAN content does not necessarily reflect the position of that department or the U.S. Department of Education.