This section is divided into two parts for your convenience. Although there may be overlap, the websites and resources are categorized under two headings:

1-Instructional resources/Intervention

2-Assessment/Screening Tools

1-Instructional Resources/Intervention


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The Abracadabra site provides activities for students in K-Gr. 2. The activities aim to develop reading skills in the areas of phonological awareness, phonics, accuracy, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension. There are also two spelling activities.

Adolescent Literacy (AdLit) Grades 4-12

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AdLit offers information and resources to teach struggling adolescent readers and writers.

  • The AdLit 101 section offers information on the various reading components. It also contains a section called Make it a priority to assess students’ literacy skills. This provides information on formative and summative assessments and screening practices
  • The Hot Topics section provides hyperlinks in the form of keywords that provides you with more information on the selected topic.
  • The Classroom Strategies section breaks activities down into before, during and after reading.

Brain Builders

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This website contains 13 short animated videos about the Science of Reading. The 5 minute videos are designed to help young students understand the elements of the Science of Reading and what the brain needs to do in order to learn to read. It also helps students understand the purpose behind certain instructional practices.

Canadian Language & Literacy Research Network

Evidence-based toolkit for teaching reading and writing, Kindergarten to Grade 6 (Canada, 144 pages).

CELA Centre for Equitable Library Access

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CELA is an online public library service for Canadians with print disabilities.

Dylexia Myths

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Nadine Gaab, Ph. D, along with her team of researchers have created the Gaab Lab. This site contains a wealth of resources, including 31 myths about dyslexia and a thorough explanation debunking each of them.

Florida Center for Reading Research

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The Student Center Activities tab along the left includes:

  • Teacher Resource Guides
    • Part 1 explains how to implement reading centers by incorporating flexible groupings and suggested activities based on DIBELS assessment results. The guides are developed for Kindergarten to Grade 5 teachers.
  • Activities
    • All suggested activities are included and ready to use. The activities are organized by reading instruction component, easing the implementation of target instruction.

Linda Siegal Webinar-Understanding Dyslexia and Other Learning Disabilities

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Dr. Linda Siegel’s latest research in Understanding Dyslexia and Other Learning Disabilities addresses how our educational system has failed to identify many children with learning disabilities and calls for the adoption of straightforward diagnostic techniques so that treatment options can be implemented at a young age.

In this talk, Linda Siegel challenges the use of complex and time-consuming testing that is currently used to diagnose learning disabilities. In their place, she outlines simple and pragmatic techniques for testing for disabilities in reading, mathematics, spelling, and writing.

Total time: 1:03:42

Literacy Today

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Literacy Today strives to answer essential questions for today’s elementary and secondary Quebec English Language Arts teachers. What types of authentic contexts will engage my students to talk, read and write? How can I inspire my students while meeting the expectations of the QEP?

MEQ Référentiel d’intervention en lecture et écriture

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Reading Rockets

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Reading Rockets offers a wealth of research-based reading strategies, lessons, and activities designed to help young children learn how to read and improve. The resources assist parents, teachers, and other educators in helping struggling readers build fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension skills.

Strategic Adolescent Reading Intervention (STARI) Grades 6-9

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All intervention activities are free with an e-mail sign up. STARI, a reading intervention program, is a literature-focused, Tier II intervention for students in grades 6-9 who read two or more years below grade level. Using research-based practices and highly engaging texts, STARI addresses gaps in fluency, decoding, reading stamina, and comprehension, aiming to move struggling students to higher levels of proficiency at the end of one year.

Teaching Reading is Rocket Science, 2020

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This research article by Louisa Moats highlights current evidence-based teaching and assessment practices in  reading.

Texas Centre for Learning Disabilities

It is worth checking it out this website for any of your elementary and secondary literacy related needs. Use the left side of the site to navigate through various topics.

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One of the features is an instructional strategies resource book for beginning readers. It is designed for classroom teachers to use with students who are at risk for reading difficulties. It can also be used in intervention by remedial teachers. When students struggle with learning to read, they need additional instruction focused on the areas causing them difficulty.

Download the free Reading Strategies and Activities Resource Book.

The resource book contains instructional strategies grouped by “big ideas” and contains lesson plans to integrate subskills for each of the big ideas into daily instruction. (p. 401-415)


Collaborative Strategic Reading (CSR)

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The four reading strategies used in CSR help improve reading comprehension by maximizing student engagement. Informational texts are read in cooperative learning groups.

Knowledge Matters Campaign

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The goal of the website is to expose the plethora of research pertaining to background knowledge and its impact on reading comprehension. This done through a podcast, videos, and examples of ELA Curriculum that incoporate knowledge building.


Decodable Books 

UFLI Foundations Decodable Text Guide

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UFLI has aligned decodable books with their scope and sequence.

Phonics Faux Pas

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This short article clarifies seven misconceptions about early phonics instruction.

Vocabulary & Morphology

Academic Word Finder

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The Academic Word Finder highlights suggested Tier 2 vocabulary words in a text that has been uploaded by a teacher. It also indicates a suggested grade level for introduction. The teacher has final say to select the words or not based on subsequent lessons and content. This tool is free, but requires a sign-up.

Can Do Kids Academy: Word Sums and Picture Books

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This site contains word sums that align with specific picture books.

Etymology Resource (Etymonline)

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Etymologies help us understand what our words meant and how they sounded. This understanding may help us gain the meaning of morphemes, while working on morphology activities to enhance vocabulary.

Mini matrix maker

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The mini matrix maker allows you to visually create word sums. This helps students understand how English words are built and interrelated.

Root Repository by Jason Wade

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Jason Wade adds a new PDF word card every Monday. Download the PDF to build up a collection of root word, their meanings, and examples of words that share the meaning of the root. In addition to helping students increase their vocabulary, this morphological tool can also be used to teach spelling.

WordGen Elementary Grades 4-5

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Units are free with an e-mail sign-up. Every unit begins with a video newscast and a “Reader’s Theater” that introduces multiple perspectives on a high-interest topic. Students read, discuss, debate, and write about each topic, using the five or six target vocabulary words.

WordGen Weekly Grades 6-8

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These interdisciplinary lesson plans are free with e-mail sign-up. The site contains weekly lesson plans on engaging topics. These lessons aim to:
  • Expand general and content-oriented academic vocabulary.
  • Build the reasoning and argumentation skills that are necessary for learning in all content areas.
  • Build reading comprehension and content-area literacy by providing students with motivating text, opportunities for discussion and debate, and weekly writing.

2-Assessment/Screening Tools

Academic Screening Tools Chart

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You can use the ratings in the chart to determine which screening tools meet your needs. The screening tools, suggested in the chart, will also help identify students that require intervention.


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Cubed 3 is free for download. It contains two research-based screening and progress monitoring tools that assess decoding, language comprehension, and reading. The assessments are designed for students in Pre-K to Grade 8. You can find more information on the Narrative Language Measures (NLM) and Dynamic Decoding Measures (DDM) assessments by using the web link above.


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Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) is available free for download. The screening tools are used to evaluate individual student development by detecting the acquisition of basic literacy skills in students from Grades K-8.  The progress monitoring tools can be used to verify the effectiveness of an intervention.

Target the Problem

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This document will help teachers and parents understand the problems a child may be having with reading (phonological and phonemic awareness, word decoding and phonics, vocabulary, fluency, comprehension and other sources) and target what can be done to help.

When Kids Can’t Read by Kylene Beers-Summary

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This summary, based on the book by Kylene Beers, helps secondary teachers identify their students’ reading problems. The summary then offers practical strategies to target what can be done to help struggling readers.