Wikipedia has a sister site called http://simple.wikipedia.org. I discovered it only recently and it’s a very useful differentiation tool for those students who insist on using Wikipedia as their first port of call when researching homework etc on the net but may struggle with the content. It still remains to be said that students should be reminded to always compare resources and to evaluate the content.
- The Simple English Wikipedia is an English edition of the Wikipedia encyclopaedia
- Written in primarily Basic English.
- The site’s stated aim is to provide an encyclopaedia for “people with different needs, such as students, children, adults with learning difficulties and people who are trying to learn English”
- Articles are usually shorter than their English Wikipedia counterparts
I have shown an example (side by side) but please feel free to click on the link and trial it with a subject matter that students would find the benefits.
More differentiation resources:
http://rewordify.com/index.php I think this could be used with students who have difficulty in this area of understanding and deciphering text.
http://www.snappywords.com/ A visual dictionary