Open Book

UDL 6.3

Open book refers to having access to the core material/textbook while taking an exam and/or test on the content. With open book, students can tab and or create shortcuts to find the information in the text. Having the option for the accommodation of open book helps a student with focusing on understanding themes within the content with less emphasis on having to memorize or recall all the exact facts and details.

Implementation Tips

Text Features
Teach students how content is organized within the text and how to find information using headings, subheadings, pictures, timelines, etc. that are embedded within the book/text.
Sticky Notes & Text Annotation
Have students use post-its or colored tabs to help locate information within the text and help the student create a system for finding the information. For example with colored tabs, a yellow tab could indicate important dates, blue tab – people, red tab – locations, etc.
Time Considerations
With open book, consider the amount of time it may take for a student to refer to the book and answer the questions. The number of questions on the test may need to be adjusted or the student may need more time to take the test.


Outline of Events in Social Studies
In a fifth grade social studies class, when students are asked to describe historical developments prior to the American Revolution, students can refer to the text to outline some of the events that occurred prior to the start of the American Revolution (e.g. The Stamp Act, Boston Tea Party, etc.).
Literary Comprehension Questions
In a third grade class, when given a set of comprehension questions about the story “The Chalk box Kid” by Clyde Robert Bulla, students can look back at the text to answer the comprehension questions.
Science Exam
In sixth grade science class, when taking an exam on natural disasters, students can refer to the text to create a timeline of some of the natural disasters that occurred in the U.S., including the date, location and degree of the disaster using different rating scales (e.g. Richter scale, Simpson hurricane scale, etc.).

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