Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Adapted Novels from InteGREATity.com

Do you have kids with special needs who are having a little trouble reading? Maybe you have an older child who is reading below his or her reading level? This might even be a great resource for adults with special needs or even English as a second language learning- Wonderful classic stories adapted to be easier to read and enjoy. What a great concept! I used to work as a substitute teacher in Florida and I subbed many times in the ESL classes with high school and middle school kids from other countries. I was a bit appalled at the selections available for them to use to practice reading. How would a high school kid feel being handed children's books like "Are you my Mother?" and "Green Eggs and Ham" while wonderful children's books you have to admit its pretty lame for a 16 year old. If any of these scenarios apply to you or you know someone I highly recommend that you send them to this link. Home - Adapted Novels:

I met JeffMcGunegle on My Autism Team the creator of www.integreatity.com and here is what he had to say...

"Thanks for checking the books out. I taught middle/high school students who have autism the last few years in a self-contained setting. The books give students who read on a 2nd/3rd grade level and lower an opportunity to access the titles that their general ed peers do. Adapted with vocab and character pics throughout, the pics give reference for memorization and keeping track of the story. We used these with very good success in our classrooms. 
I stress for teachers to use these books for integrated units. This means teaching all subjects from one chapter. This way the kids experience the books from many different angles. On the website, there are some excerpt downloads. The books are targeted to the classroom, but are great for the home." 

A few of the Titles available      The Celebrated Jumping Frog
To Build A Fire                                           Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Leave me a comment after you visit and let me know how you enjoyed Jeff's Books! 

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