Evaluating Reading & Writing Curriculum

Instructor: Matthew Hamel

Matt has degrees in Journalism and Business and has taught a variety of courses at high schools and universities around the world.

It can sometimes be difficult for teachers to know which curriculum is appropriate for students. This lesson outlines how teachers can evaluate reading and writing materials to ensure that they meet the needs of both teacher and students.

How Curriculum Evaluation Helps

If you're in the enviable position of being able to choose your own reading and writing curriculum, then it's important to have a clear and realistic way to evaluate the effectiveness and usefulness of the material. The wrong curriculum can quickly derail a lesson or an entire subject because if the material is either too advanced or too confusing, students may lose interest. However, this lack of motivation can be avoided by ensuring that the curriculum you do select has passed a comprehensive and an informed evaluation.

Evaluation Criteria

Initially, you'll need to take into account the following criteria when evaluating reading and writing materials:

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