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For challenged readers, custom-tailored texts

from Education Week

Reading experts say such books have been particularly useful for students with reading disabilities and those who are still mastering English, who might otherwise avoid leisure reading altogether. But such books have prompted educators to ask how they fit into the Common Core State Standards, which place a premium on students' mastering complex literary and informational texts. These are works, for example, that may feature a historical tale about the Underground Railroad or a biography of pop singer Rihanna, but be written with vocabulary and sentence lengths appropriate for a student just starting elementary school. The challenge is to work out a balance of engaging older readers while leading them to books that will stretch their skills. more


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