If students are to understand what they read, then teachers must find text to supplement the textbook – as well as give them time to practice new strategies for understanding the reading during class.
Accessible text is timely, well written, and short. It can be read in one class period. It is pleasant to the eye and interesting to read.
Accessible text helps students make a connection between school subjects and the real world because it helps them experience reading that is done in the real world.
If we are constantly giving students text that is too hard for them to read, they may get through it, but will they really understand it? Many struggling readers feel defeated before they even begin.