Literacy

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-Evidence-based best practices

2-Assessment and Intervention

1-Evidence-based best practices

ABC Life Literacy Canada

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This website aims to provide literacy services and essential skills to adult learners.

Abracadabra

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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.

Apprenants en difficulté et littératie (ADEL)

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This French website contains reading comprehension strategies for elementary and secondary teachers.

  • Développer collectivement la compétence à lire (secondaire)
  • Stratégies de lecture (4e à 6e année). Affiches et guide pédagogique
  • Faire des prédictions (vidéo)
  • Activités pour développer la fluidité (2e à 4e année)
  • Lecture et élèves ayant une déficience intellectuelle

Canadian Language & Literacy Research Network

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

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.

 

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?

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.

Scholastic Book Wizard

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The Book Wizard is an excellent tool to use in conjunction with Jennifer Serravallo’s 2018 book, Understanding Texts and Readers (pages 15-37).

2-Assessment and Intervention

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.

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.

 

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.

Intervention Central:
Academic Intervention Planner for Struggling Students

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The Intervention Planner for Academics is a free online tool that lets educators put together customized academic intervention plans to address reading, writing, and math issues for struggling learners. This is an excellent tool to enhance the means section of an Individualized Education Plan and for teachers that are moving towards targeted intervention.

Intervention Central:
Behaviour Intervention Plan

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The Intervention Planner for Behavior is a free application that allows teachers, administrators, and other school personnel to browse a range of strategies to improve student behaviors and to develop customized behavior-management plans for individual students, small groups, or even an entire class.

 

Intervention Central:
School-wide strategies for managing writing

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This site includes school-wide writing strategies:

  •  Within the framework of a writing process these strategies are explicitly explained:
    • Content: Memorize a story grammar checklist
    • Fluency: Have students write everyday
    • Fluency: Self-monitor and graph results to increase writing fluency
    • Instruction: Essentials of good teaching benefit struggling writers
    • Motivation: Stimulate interest with an autobiography assignment
    • Organization: “Reverse Outline” the draft
    • Planning: Brainstorm to break the idea logjam
    • Proofreading: Teach a memory strategy
    • Proofreading: Use selective proofreading with highlighting of errors
    • Spelling: Leverage the power of memory through cover-copy-compare

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.

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.

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.