Please READ this important message about Tar Heel Reader if you are not already familiar with the site.
The DLM Alternate Assessment supports students with the most complex disabilities by providing them with the texts they will encounter in the English Language Arts assessment before they encounter them in the assessment. The FAMILIAR texts will be released as they are available. In addition, when there are specific objects called out for the assessment, those are described.
The familiar texts for are available through the Educator Resource Page for your state. If your state participates in the Year-End assessment only, the familiar texts are here: Year-end assessment familiar texts. If your state participates in the Instructionally Embedded Assessment windows, the familiar texts are here: Instructionally embedded assessment windows familiar texts.
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 linked above 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. You can find the library of companion texts at https://www.dlmpd.com/exemplar-text-supports/
Shared Reading Vignettes
Having a hard time imagining what shared reading might look like using these books with your students with more complex needs? Here are some vignettes that describe what interactions between teachers and students with the most significant cognitive disabilities might look like. They are arranged by grade level because they link to specific books at each grade level, but read some at the grade levels above and below the levels you teach to get more examples.