Q: The text covers all areas and ideas of the subject appropriately and provides an effective index and/or glossary
There is an effective and easy to understand table of contents at the beginning. The units and stories in this reader are tied to the Level 3 Course pack and cover three themes: Mysteries in BC History, Snapshots of Culture in BC and Wild BC.
Comprehensiveness Rating: 5 out of 5
Q: Content is accurate, error-free and unbiased
The content is high interest stories for adults with engaging photographs, plenty of white space, and clear, easy to read font. Word pattern vocabulary is bolded and tied to activities in the course pack.
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 content is relevant to current Adult Literacy Fundamental English (ALFE) BC provincial learning outcomes for Level 3. The stories are engaging and provide lots of opportunities for rich discussion. They also serve as a launching point for further research into the topics incorporating computer skills and practice into lessons.
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 clearly written in plain language suitable to fundamental level learners. There is the right amount of whitespace. The colour photographs break up the text, and when photocopied in black and white still come out clear.
Clarity Rating: 5 out of 5
Q: The text is internally consistent in terms of terminology and framework
The layout and terminology is consistent throughout, and with the accompanying course pack. The three themes are: Mysteries in BC History, Snapshots of BC Culture, and Wild BC and they work well together.
Consistency Rating: 4 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.
Each of the three units features three stories that could be broken into nine separate stories, and be used separately with the accompanying exercises and activities in the course pack. I have used them as a collection all together in one book, and this has worked well for students.
Modularity Rating: 4 out of 5
Q: The topics in the text are presented in a logical, clear fashion
This Level 3 reader has 9 original high interest stories written specifically for adults.
Stories include: Searching for Sasquatches, The Shooting of Ginger Goodwin, The Gentleman Bandit, Altogether Now: BC Festivals, Bold and Bright: Sook-Yin Lee, Spread the Word: First Nations Languages in BC, The Rare Spirit Bear, The Journey of the Salmon, and Spy-Hopping with Orca Whales.
The stories are presented in a logical, clear fashion. This reader accompanies the BC Reads: Adult Literacy Fundamental English – Course Pack 3. It is one of a series of six readers. This is the first of the series I have used, and I look forward to trying Levels 4-6.
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 variety in sizes of headings and subheadings works well. At first students found navigating between the course reader and the course pack a little challenging, however they soon got used to it. In my experience having the course pack separate from the course reader makes it easier to photocopy sections. The images and photographs are clear and enrich the students' experience.
Interface Rating: 4 out of 5
Q: The text contains no grammatical errors
The text contains no grammatical errors that I could find.
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
The themes of the stories are relevant to a variety of diverse cultures. The first unit has a story about Sasquatches, which encouraged a very interesting discussion among students of different cultures. It also served as a jumping off point as students were keen to do further research on the subject.
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?
My original plan to use this reader and course pack in my literacy class was to have them access it online through our campus online Desire 2 Learn (D2L) program, but this proved to be too challenging and frustrating for students. I have been using it in paper format instead and this is working well for students at ALFE level 3.
The stories are written from a progressive Canadian perspective using a BC context.
I recommend this reader and accompanying course pack for use in literacy classes in the post secondary system as well as community adult literacy programs.