Universal Design for ... Reading
Supporting ALL students as readers
What is Universal Design for Reading?
The goal behind UDR is to support all students as readers. This requires embracing reader variability and identifying clear goals that enable defining flexible Purpose & Engagement. In order to remove barriers to reading, UDR also means providing students with choice of reading materials in terms of the following aspects:
Rights 1, 3, 6, 7, and 10 address children's basic rights of access that schools and educators have the capacity and responsibility to ensure.
At its core, UDR emphasizes right 3 that "Children have the right to choose what they read."
Just as UDL embraces flexible means to account for learner variability, allowing choice with reading acknowledges reader variability.
More specifically, this site addresses the following ILA rights.
- Purpose & Engagement - Addresses rights 5, 8, 9
- Medium & Format - Addresses right 2
- Content & Representation - Addresses right 4
The ILA also offers an in-depth Case for Children's Rights to Read, a position statement on Children's Rights to Excellent Literacy Instruction and a manual for Advocating for Children's Rights to Read.
Curious to see another version of reader rights?
See the "Your Reading Rights" infographic below.
Some People to Follow
- Crawling Out of the Classroom - Blog by Jess Lifshitz (@Jess5th) sharing outstanding literacy-related inquiry instruction
- Nerdy Book Club (@nerdybookclub, #nerdybookclub) - Co-leaders include Game Changer!: Book Access for All Kids co-authors Donalyn Miller (@donalynbooks) of the Book Whisperer and Colby Sharp (@colbysharp)
- Pernille Ripp (@pernilleripp) - Author of books including Passionate Readers: The Art of Reaching and Engaging Every Child
- Penny Kittle (@pennykittle) - Author of Book Love: Developing Depth, Stamina, and Passion in Adolescent Readers and founder of Book Love Foundation, which supports development of classroom libraries