CTE Textbook Features
The following instructional strategies and
resources have been developed to support Career and Technical
Education (CTE) instruction for increased student comprehension when
reading CTE content.
CTE software and equipment operational manuals
are usually written on a higher level than academic high school
textbooks. Many of the CTE textbooks were written for adult
education, therefore high school CTE students can be discouraged
when reading the text, if they are not given enough guidance or help.
Don’t assume that students will automatically
understand how to read the “text features” or typography format
clues given in the CTE textbook, such as bold or italicized words,
subheads, etc. Review the format of the book with each reading
session, OR do a short informal quiz to find out what they remember
about the textbook layout and how to find information.
Sample Text Features With Pictures
Students Confused by Textbook
CTE Literacy Plan
The Division of Career Technical Education (CTE) has set the
following goals as suggestions for implementing reading and writing
strategies within the CTE content:
- Students will read and comprehend
informational text found in instructional materials, textbooks,
industry magazines, online curriculum and/or technical manuals
daily, and demonstrate understanding in a writing opportunity.
- Students will build a portfolio of quality
workplace or technical documents within their CTE content area.
(ex: weekly student-produced business letters, customer service
reports, building instructions, job change orders, grant
advertising scripts, web page content, resumes,
career summaries, project solutions, etc.)
- Students will participate in a vocabulary
study daily, including word wall activities, relating to school
content and/or industry certification skills.
- Students will be given the opportunity to
take advantage of learning opportunities within FCAT Explorer,
Achieve 3000, Reading Plus, Ready to Work, Discovery Education, etc.
as appropriate to the context of CTE subject matter, or the
study of careers.
CTE Support for ETO Schools Contact:
Dr. Rose L. Martin, CTE District Director
Pamela Lopez, Curriculum Specialist
Feb. 18, 2011 PD Materials
Language Arts / Reading
CTE 2.0 & Academic Support