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The Melissa Institute Literacy Website The Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention and Treatment is a non-profit organization dedicated to the study and prevention of violence through education, community service, research support and consultation. Go to The Melissa Institute to learn more. Did you know that 85% of youth in trouble with the law have reading difficulties? The Institute’s mission is to prevent violence and promote safer communities through education and application of research-based knowledge. What is the connection between violence prevention and a literacy website? Evidence shows that students who do not learn to read on level by 3rd grade are much more likely to develop low self-esteem, drop out of school, and engage in antisocial and aggressive behavior. The good news is that literacy failure is preventable! Thank you... We want to thank all of the generous contributors who have made the development of this website possible.

Gay Su Pinnell Good readers choose to read a wide variety of materials — biographies, novels for enjoyment, novels to challenge and inspire us, directions to find out how to put something together or cook, or newspapers and magazines to find out about current affairs or investments. Today's workplace demands many different kinds of literacy. Good readers do not simply "practice" reading; they have a range of purposes and objectives. Good readers learn from their reading, and as they do so, learn more about reading. Think about reading a new author, for example, or reading about an unfamiliar topic. How Can I Help My Students Become Good Readers? For most children, becoming a good reader means having access to good teaching and to materials that will support the development of a self-extending system. A key factor in the development of a self-extending system is supported reading of books that offer just the right level of support and challenge. How Can I Provide a Context for Reading? References

Literacyhead - Reading and Writing Lessons Using Visual Art Guided Reading W hat is Guided Reading? Grouping Students l Leveled Texts l What Others Do l Teacher Resources Guided reading is a strategy that helps students become good readers. The teacher provides support for small groups of readers as they learn to use various reading strategies (context clues, letter and sound relationships, word structure, and so forth). Although guided reading has been traditionally associated with primary grades it can be modified and used successfully in all grade levels. " In primary grades children are learning to read and in upper grades they are reading to learn." What is its purpose? When the proper books are selected, students are able to read with approximately 90% accuracy. How do I do it? Although the approach to guided reading is going to depend somewhat on your class size and grade level, the following suggestions can be used to provide an initial framework. Students should be divided into small groups (4-6 students). How can I adapt it?

Free Graphic Organizers for Teaching Literature and Reading Introduction As you probably already know, free graphic organizers are readily available on the Internet. However, access to quality organizers often requires either a monthly or an annual fee. Here you will find, what I think, are quality organizers WITHOUT monthly or annual fees. I dug into my own archives that I've accumulated over my 33 year career in search of organizers that focus on reading. Although I found several, I felt that my collection could be more complete. With that in mind, I searched rather thoroughly for graphic organizer ideas wherever I could find them. The result is what you will see on this page--a collection of 50 graphic organizers designed specifically for teaching literature and reading. And, if you like these, I’ve got a strong feeling that you’ll also like 50 More READERizers—the newer sibling of this collection. Quick Links for THIS Page You may use the following quick links to go directly to what interests you on this page. Character Webs Return to Top of Page