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. Volume XV Number 5. . . .October 24, 2008
The titles listed above form part of a 30-title series of biographies written at a low reading level (Grade 2) for the benefit of adult readers who are new to the English language, reluctant readers or those children who have difficulty reading. The biographies are of people from many areas
of life, offering these readers the opportunity to learn about important people in Canada's history, something they might not be able to do through conventionally-written books. The range of titles also reflects the variety of interests of the targeted readers.
Grass Roots Press's website (http://www.literacyservices.com/index.html) states that it has
produced these books with a deliberate structure to :
Containing succinct information, the sentences are written in the first person and are short. The 48 pages are divided into chapters according to the periods of the individual's career or life. With the book's pages containing only three or four sentences on a large white background, students will be able to complete the reading of the page without stress. They can then become engaged in the accompanying pictures which are plentiful but which do not divert the student from the text. A few significant words are bolded and explained in the glossary found at the end of the book.
These books are a valuable resource for teachers who need materials for new readers of English, and within the school system for older students who can't read well. While simple in structure, they do not patronize the reader. Rather, they are rich with information. Students who use these books will be able to feel they have read interesting content and will be able to glean useful and complete information for a project or essay. Most importantly, readers will achieve a sense of success that will hopefully inspire them to tackle more advanced reading.
Harriet Zaidman is a teacher-librarian in Winnipeg, MB.
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