Raising and Educating a Deaf Child

International experts answer your questions about the choices, controversies, and decisions faced by the parents and educators of deaf and hard-of-hearing children.

Question from Elizabeth C. Alberta, Canada

I am hoping that you might be able to tell me if there is a good set of leveled readers that you would recommend specifically for students who are deaf and use American Sign Language as their primary language.

Question from Elizabeth C. Alberta, Canada. Posted September 22, 2009.
Response from Karen Roudybush - WPSD

It is unclear if you are referring to a reading series that covers the same material but with some level of flexibility concerning vocabulary and reading level or leveled readers that are high interest with low vocabulary. In any case, there are a few reding series that have show a lot of promise with our students here at the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf:
Jamestown Literature – An Adapted Reader (www.jamestowneducation.com)- It complements the Glencoe Literature (an on level reading series). For us that means that students are covering the same stories as their peers but with some adaptation. The literature is adapted to lower reading levels and teaches critical reading skills, builds background knowledge and reinforces essential vocabulary.
Daybooks of Critical Reading and Writing (www.greatsource.com) They combine high-interest fiction and nonfiction with direct reading and writing instruction. They’re a great way to encourage active, analytical reading and help all students build key reading and writing skills. Also the amount of text tends to be more manageable for our students.