Readability and Visual Literacy


Readability means that our document is created appropriate for our audience.

Even if you follow all the other guidelines for documents if your document is not readable by your audience then it is not accessible.

Webaim information on Writing Clearly (great additional resources too)
www.webaim.org/techniques/writing/

Readability – comprehensive tool to examine readability of any draft for any audience
www.eastendliteracy.on.ca/clearlanguageanddesign/readingeffectivenesstool/

Readability Juicy Studios juicystudio.com/services/readability.php
If you don’t like the Literacy site on Readability you can use this one instead.

Wikipedia Readability Definitions en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Readability

Okapi: Measuring Readability and developing reading probes for progress monitoring
www.interventioncentral.org/htmdocs/tools/okapi/okapi.php
Copy and paste any text into the space and analyze your text by grade level.
Another bonus you can create a reading probe within 30 seconds.
Link to a screencast video on using Okapi

Kathy Schrock Use of Fry: school.discoveryeducation.com/schrockguide/fry/fry.html

Flesch Kincaid Readability en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flesch-Kincaid_Readability_Test Quick

Tests Document Readability & Improve it www.online-utility.org/english/readability_test_and_improve.jsp

Text Compactor: www.textcompactor.com/ Free online autosummarization tool



ELL & Cultural Diversity

NCTE ELL and resources: www.ncte.org/ell
NWREL Resources ELL www.nwrel.org/learns/resources/ell/index.html
Cultural Diversity and Academic Achievement www.ncrel.org/sdrs/areas/issues/educators/leadrshp/le0bow.htm
CLAS Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services clas.uiuc.edu