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BC Reads: Adult Literacy Fundamental English - Reader 1

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Val's Garden by Carlee Ashton Diabo is used under a CC-BY 4.0 International license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).

Description: This reader contains nine original stories about healing, discovery, survival, relationships, justice, and connections to the land explored through the lens of the plant world. These stories, written specifically for adults, are designed to accompany the BC Reads: Adult Literacy Fundamental English - Course Pack 1. This level 1 reader, one of a series of six readers, is roughly equivalent to beginner to grade 1.5 in the K-12 system. Font size and line spacing can be adjusted in the online view, and have been enhanced for the print and PDF versions for easier reading. This reader has been reviewed by subject experts from colleges and universities.

Author: Shantel Ivits, Vancouver Community College

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1. Reviewed by: L. Smith
  • Institution: College of the Rockies
  • Title/Position: ABE Instructor
  • Overall Rating: 5 out of 5
  • Date:
  • License: Creative Commons License

Q: The text covers all areas and ideas of the subject appropriately and provides an effective index and/or glossary

The reader contains nine stories based on the themes healing, discovery, survival, relationships, justice and connection to the land. They are written specifically for adults at Adult Literacy Fundamental English (ALFE) level 1, and the words in the story are level appropriate. The vocabulary and word pattern exercises in the supplementary course pack along with the online audio recordings of each story prepare students to read each story with more self-assurance. There is an effective table of contents at the beginning of the reader.

Comprehensiveness Rating: 5 out of 5

Q: Content is accurate, error-free and unbiased

The author has used themes and pictures/illustrations that are relevant to adult literacy learners. The content is accurate, error-free and unbiased.

Content Accuracy Rating: 5 out of 5

Q: Content is up-to-date, but not in a way that will quickly make the text obsolete within a short period of time. The text is written and/or arranged in such a way that necessary updates will be relatively easy and straightforward to implement

The contents cover topics that are relevant to adult literacy learners. New contents around the reader’s themes could easily be adapted or added to.

Relevance Rating: 5 out of 5

Q: The text is written in lucid, accessible prose, and provides adequate context for any jargon/technical terminology used

The text is written in plain language and at an appropriate level for the ALFE level 1 student. The pictures/illustrations are vibrant and help with the context of each story.

Clarity Rating: 5 out of 5

Q: The text is internally consistent in terms of terminology and framework

The reader is internally consistent in terms of terminology and framework.

Consistency Rating: 5 out of 5

Q: The text is easily and readily divisible into smaller reading sections that can be assigned at different points within the course (i.e., enormous blocks of text without subheadings should be avoided). The text should not be overly self-referential, and should be easily reorganized and realigned with various subunits of a course without presenting much disruption to the reader.

The reader can easily be divided into smaller reading sections that can be assigned at different times in the course. Each story is written independently.

Modularity Rating: 5 out of 5

Q: The topics in the text are presented in a logical, clear fashion

The reader contains nine stories based on different themes. The stories include: Sweetgrass, A New Flower, The Sack Garden, Val’s Garden, GM Food, Tomatoes, Grow Your Own Tomatoes, Canada’s Largest Tree, and Arctic Plants. Though the stories in the reader are independent of each other, there are a few stories that could be used in sequence.

Organization Rating: 5 out of 5

Q: The text is free of significant interface issues, including navigation problems, distortion of images/charts, and any other display features that may distract or confuse the reader

The font size and pictures/illustrations in Reader 1 (print version) are appropriate for adult literacy students at this level. The font size and line spacing in the online view can be adjusted if needed.

Interface Rating: 5 out of 5

Q: The text contains no grammatical errors

I did not notice any grammatical errors in this reader.

Grammar Rating: 5 out of 5

Q: The text is not culturally insensitive or offensive in any way. It should make use of examples that are inclusive of a variety of races, ethnicities, and backgrounds

Themes are used throughout the stories that are inclusive of a variety of races, ethnicities, and backgrounds.

Cultural Relevance Rating: 5 out of 5

Q: Are there any other comments you would like to make about this book, for example, its appropriateness in a Canadian context or specific updates you think need to be made?

The author has done a remarkable job making sure the reader and supplementary course pack work well together. The combination of the reader and course pack meet all of the BC ALFE provincial level 1 articulation outcomes.
The review of Reader 1 is based on the print version printed by SFU Document Solutions and not the online version.