I need help with the Adapting Subject-specific Material question from the Unit 3 OISE TEFL Reflection Journal.

I've failed and I need some help figuring out what I did wrong.


It is always difficult to find appropriate reading resources for English language learners when you're teaching a content subject. Create or adapt an existing reading resource from a subject area to make it more comprehensible for students. Incorporate the different strategies you have learned to make the text easier for language learners to comprehend.

What the team looks for in your answer

This questions asks you to create or adapt an existing reading resource. If you are creating your own, be sure to say so. If you are adapting a resource, you'll need to provide a reference. Include the link to the original resource if possible. 

You'll also need to include details on the strategies and activities you would use in your future classroom to make the text easier for your learners to comprehend. 

You can use things like capitalized words or parentheses to show how you might adapt this text for your students, but you will also need to include an explanation about how this resource would be used in your classroom and what other ways your lesson would support this resource. 

Here's a sample of an excellent response

Subject: Human Anatomy Reading Resource: https://www.partselect.com/JustForFun/Anatomy-For-Kids-A-Guide-To-Body-Parts.aspx

The following are reading strategies to help reduce the demands of the text: Anticipation Guide: A pre & post reading strategy that activates students prior knowledge then revisits to compare key learnings. Example: 1. How does blood flow pump throughout the body? What system is responsible for it? 2. What are the main “Systems’ in the human Anatomy? Briefly describe each systems function. Reading In Reverse: 1. Present real-life application to the text. o Do you think it’s important to understand basic human anatomy? o How does the immune system fight against disease and germs? 3. Discuss Those applications 4. Read & Answer the following questions a. What system gives the body shape and durability? What is it made up of? How can you keep the system healthy and strong? Highlight Important Words & Ideas. Either teacher highlights or Ask students to highlight key vocabulary, concepts and phrases, topic sentences and summary sentences Example: Teacher or Student highlights the System Name & main function of the respective system. For this example, i would of highlighted the following text: "Muscular System Muscles are elastic tissues that allow for people to move in both voluntary and involuntary ways." Chunk Reading: Ask students to identify the main ideas regarding the definition of the subject. Record responses on the chalkboard. What is the human Anatomy made up of? (Answer integrates how the human anatomy consists of several systems each with it’s own function) Guided Reading: Done is small groups so teacher can focus on the individual needs of students and improve student proficiency. Read the intro, then let the students learn more by clicking on the respective links underneath the introductory paragraphs. Concept Maps: A visual students complete as they read. Write “Human Anatomy” then circle the word in the centre of the chalkboard. With sub-circles, list and attach all the different systems (Circulatory System , Immune System, Respiratory System, etc) Adapted Texts: Rewriting specific sections of text in the content area that contain important concepts and information. Ex. Circulatory System The circulatory system is responsible for pumping blood throughout your body. It fuels the body! Its central part is the heart, which does the pumping.