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Basal Readers in the BTC

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What is a Basal Reader?
A Basal Reader is a type of textbook that teaches reading skills in a specific order, assesses those skills, and provides coaching for those skills through several grade levels. Skills may be revisited many times with increasing complexity. This is also known as scaffolding.
Where is the BTC?
The Ballenger Teachers Center (BTC) is found in the northeast corner of Booth Library on the Main (3rd) Level.

So Where ARE the Basal Readers in the BTC?
Basal Readers are found in the shelves at the north end of the BTC (the end closest to the MLK Union). They are generally found at one of two call numbers:
LB 1573
PE 1119


Once you get to this area of the Ballenger Teachers Center and find either of those numbers, select a teacher's edition. These are the ones with a spiral binding. In most cases, each grade level will have between 6 and 8 units with each unit in a separate book. When you look inside the book, you may notice that the student edition of the Basal Reader is contained within the Teachers Edition. This is called a TWE or Teachers Wraparound Edition. Some of the texts may include Scope and Sequence charts in the teachers resource area at the end of the text, and newer textbook series will reference Common Core State Standards.

You may check out Basal Readers at the BTC desk or at the circulation desk on the south end of Booth Library.
Subject Librarian
Ann Brownson Ann Brownson
Reference/Education Librarian
Coordinator, Ballenger Teachers Center
aebrownson@eiu.edu

Office 217-581-6099
BTC   217-581-8442
Reference Desk 217-581-6072