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5 Methods ofAssessing Textbook Difficulty (1)

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Assessing Textbook Difficulty 1) FORMAT & ORGANIZATION - the physical arrangement of a page ( difficult = solid block of print, helpful = ideas are broken up by headings, spacing and listing) . Does it progress in an orderly, logical fashion? What features are included to make it organized? Where are the features placed to help your understanding? What is included at the beginning, middle, and end of the chapter to organize the content? 2) GRAPHIC & VISUAL MATERIAL (including TYPOGRAPHICAL AIDS ) - inclusion of maps, pictures, graphs and charts. Graphic elements present detailed information. Typographical aids include boldface, italics,
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Unformatted text preview: colored type, and headings 3) LANGUAGE FEATURES – 1. sentence length 2. paragraph length 3. vocabulary level. 4) SUBJECT MATTER – 1. The type of ideas (Do you have any background on the subject? Will the content be easy based on the subject?) 2. The number of ideas and concepts that an author presents 5) LENGTH- (short, moderate, long) How long is the entire chapter? How will the length impact your reading? Lengthy materials: 1) demand sustained concentration 2) require you to relate larger numbers of ideas 3) require you to maintain a broader focus and perspective....
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