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Textbook Evaluation

Evaluation Worksheet

Individual Textbook

Grade Level _______________________________________________________

Title of Textbook ___________________________________________________

Publisher _________________________________________________________

Imprimatur ________________________________________________________

Evaluator(s) ______________________________________________________

 

Evaluation Code:

   3 - Outstanding                              Fulfills the criteria exceptionally well

   2 - Satisfactory                               Adequately fulfills the criteria

   1 - Minimally Adequate                     Partially fulfills the criteria; needs

                                                          supplementary resources

   0 - Unacceptable                            Does not fulfill the criteria

 

Content                                                                                                 Circle One

1,   The content was found to be in conformity with the teaching of        3   2   1   0

      the Church as found in the Catechism of the Catholic Church

      and magisterial documents.

2.   Explanations of the Faith and particularly the sacraments are         3   2   1   0

      clear, complete and appropriate to the grade level

3.   The language used in the text is clear and does not create a          3   2   1   0

      new vocabulary that oversimplifies or confuses learners

4.   The teaching methodology lends itself to the student level and       3   2   1   0

      teacher experience

 

Format                                                                                                   Circle One

1.   Text reviewed presents a broad cultural representation                   3   2   1   0

2.   There is evidence in the script of honest and fair representation of

            Multiculturalism                                                                           3   2   1   0

            Both sexes                                                                                  3   2   1   0

            Diverse family groupings (e.g., single parent, extended

            family                                                                                          3   2   1   0

3.   The text uses short, clear sentences and complete sentence          3   2   1   0

      titles

4.   The text layout is uncomplicated and easy to follow                         3   2   1   0

5.   The text provides an appropriate balance between information       3   2   1   0

      to be read and learning activities to be experienced

"Modern texts do more than present information.  Their graphics, for example, can foster learning and stimulate or discourage interest.  The graphics in catechetical texts must be in the best tradition of Christian art, chosen with sensitivity to the age, psychological development, intellectual capacity, and background of learners"  (NCD 264)

6.   The graphics in this text:

            Are balanced among pictures, present day photos, charts,       3   2   1   0

            and graphs

            Are appropriate for the age of the learners                               3   2   1   0

           Contain examples of good Christian art                                     3   2   1   0

            Are representative of both sexes, diverse cultures, and           3   2   1   0

           family groupings

7.   The text takes into account the experiences and background        3   2   1   0

      of those being catechized

8.   The text urges language and images appropriate to the                3   2   1   0

      developmental stages and special needs of the age level

9.   The text maintains a judicious balance between personal               3   2   1   0

      expression and memorization

10. The text stresses the importance of the local church                      3   2   1   0

      community

11. The teacher's manual is clearly laid out and easy to follow             3   2   1   0

12. The student text is attractive in design                                            3   2   1   0

13. The pictures are of high quality                                                       3   2   1   0

14. The graphics are appealing                                                            3   2   1   0

15. The print is appealing and easy to read                                          3   2   1   0

16. The text is visually interesting and assists in stimulating the           3   2   1   0

      interest of the student

 

Note:  Please provide additional or summary comments on the individual text as a whole.  Please give at least three examples that justify, validate/affirm your assessment in an attachment to this forrm.

Persons or persons completing the worksheet please fill out the information below and if a school, please get the signature of the principal:

Print Name(s) _____________________________________________________

Position _________________________________________________________

Parish or Parish School _____________________________________________

Name of Principal of School __________________________________________

Signature of Principal _______________________________________________

Signature of Person making request ___________________________________

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