One of the challenges in providing students with the most significant disabilities with access to the general curriculum is finding materials that link directly to the grade level content, but are written at a level that is accessible. As part of the DLM® project we have been building a library of companion texts that go with the exemplar texts called out in the Appendix of the Common Core State Standards. These books are accessible, open-source texts that you and your students can read online, on a reader that uses epub files, or offline as Powerpoint files or printed versions of the books.
The books come from the collection of books at Tar Heel Reader. Many of the books were written by teachers across the U.S., Canada, and other English speaking countries. Please read the message about Tar Heel Reader below if you are not already familiar with the site. You will find a great deal of variety in the quality of the books and not all of the books are appropriate for all students. If you take some time to familiarize yourself with tarheelreader.org you’ll find you can choose which books you want your students to access.
To find books you might use with your students, start by selecting the appropriate grade band:
To access FAMILIAR TEXTS used in the DLM Alternate Assessment, visit your state’s page on the Dynamic Learning Maps website.