[Bookreader] help getting e-book content to use teaching English to 6th graders in Ethiopia

Carol Farlow Lerche cafl at msbit.com
Mon Jan 26 17:33:08 EST 2009

Here is a great source of a fun activity with language that is simple and
more appropriate for readers with non-adult skills.  The site gives
permission to use these "readers' theater" scripts in the classroom.


On Mon, Jan 26, 2009 at 2:22 PM, Carol Farlow Lerche <cafl at msbit.com> wrote:

> Also try the Aussie Gutenberg.  Their copyright law has a saner copyright
> period, and since your are in Ethiopia...
> Btw, you might want to aim for books written for kids younger than the ones
> you are teaching, as there is a general problem with the reading level being
> quite high for many "kids books" in these repositories.  And preview the
> books yourself to be sure the content is acceptable for your audience.  I
> computed the Lexile score for a story from a book labelled as "kindergarten"
> in Gutenberg and found it matched the level of an average sixth grader.  Of
> course the book was meant to be the source of stories for a teacher to tell
> a kindergartener.
> On Mon, Jan 26, 2009 at 11:08 AM, Richard Murray <rmurraygr at gmail.com>wrote:
>> Hello,
>>      This e-mail requests some help on getting e-book content for two XO
>> laptops I'm donating to a school in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
>>      My name is Richard Murray.  I'm a retired lawyer visiting Ethiopia
>> for two months with my wife, who is helping with some medical projects.  I
>> am volunteering to teach English to some sixth graders at a private school
>> in Addis Ababa that is funded by the Children's Home Society and Family
>> Services in St. Paul, MN.  I brought two XO laptops that I got in late 2007
>> through the Get One, Give One program.  They didn't come with any e-book
>> content, but now that I am here I think that would be most useful.  There
>> aren't many English books in Addis, and those that exist aren't very good
>> for 6th graders.  We are making photocopies of the few good books we have
>> for use in class.  I would like to show the teachers here how e-book content
>> would work with these laptops.  We don't have enough machines for the
>> students, but such content might lead them to work to get more machines.
>> Can you help?
>> Dick Murray
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