Highlighted Text

UDL 3.2

Highlighting could include highlighting key words/phrases, key points or arguments or text structures such as headings. This adaptation can assist students in locating the key information in a written passage or narrow down the focus of the text that the student is expected to read. Color-coding can be used to visually distinguish between different categories of key information.

Implementation Tips

Key Details
After students have highlighted chapter and section headings from the text, the teacher can instruct them to highlight 2-3 important facts from each section. Students needing additional assistance with locating facts can be paired with another student.
Prompts and Guidance
For students requiring assistance in locating information, the teacher can highlight the paragraph or sentence that the information is in.
Support with Graphic Organizer
For students who are emerging readers, the teacher can highlight key information in the text and provide a graphic organizer highlighted in corresponding colors for the student to record the information.


Language Arts - Argument
When reading an essay or article that presents an argument, each claim and its related supporting evidence can be highlighted in a different color.
Language Arts - Editing and Revision
he teacher gives a written passage to students and they are expected to identify grammatical errors and correct them. For students needing more assistance, the teacher can highlight the sentences that contain errors.
In an article about energy, students can highlight renewable energy sources in green, non-renewable in blue and key vocabulary in pink. Students can then compare and contrast between renewable and non-renewable sources of energy. Students who need assistance can have their passages pre-highlighted by the teacher.
Social Studies
Highlight chapter and section headings and vocabulary from the chapter to draw the student's attention to them before they attempt to read the rest of the text.

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