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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

Why Web Literacy Should Be Part of Every Education Like reading, writing, and arithmetic, web literacy is both content and activity. You don’t just learn "about" reading: you learn to read. You don’t just learn "about" arithmetic: you learn to count and calculate. You don’t just learn "about" the web: you learn to make your own website. As with these other three literacies, web literacy begins simply, with basics you can build upon. Our Information Age began, for all intents and purposes, in April of 1993 when the Mosaic 1.0 browser made the World Wide Web available—for free—not just for use but for contribution and participation by anyone with access to the Internet. No one would have believed that peers could contribute knowledge and advice, helping one another to learn through YouTube videos, Wikipedia, or other sites. Why haven’t we had an educational revolution that takes advantage of this human quality that we now have proof exists? Web literacy explains the world we live in and gives us the tools to contribute to that world.

abliteracyforall.wikispaces Visit related communities of practice by clicking on the links above!Interested in joining the 2014 - 2015 Literacy for All Community of Practice? Click here! The content on this site was collected from two communities of practice (2011-2012 and 2012-2013) and has been archived for the use of teachers, learning coaches and others who want to learn more about working with and support literacy learning for students with significant disabilities. Membership to this wiki was limited to participating teachers from 2011 - 2013.

Literacyhead - Reading and Writing Lessons Using Visual Art The Spalding Method Welcome to! Spalding Education International (SEI) is dedicated to teaching all students to spell, write and read. SEI is the home of The Writing Road to Reading, a comprehensive K-6 total language arts program. In The Writing Road to Reading, all elements of the language are integrated in spelling, writing, and reading lessons. Phonograms with Handwriting Fluent and Expressive Reading Reading for Spelling/Reading Mrs. The Writing Road to Reading is a favorite of classroom and resource room teachers, adult educators as well as home educators because Spalding-taught students become competent and enthusiastic readers, spellers and writers. 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?

Jolly Learning 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

Synthetic Phonics Sound Discovery Sound Discovery® Fold-It Books (SD10) Photocopy Masters at Step 1 of the Sound Discovery® Programme - 57 booklets and 2 worksheets for comprehension These little books were written for a group of Y3 children who were struggling to learn to read. They were making progress with the Snappy Lesson® approach, but it was difficult to find sufficient reading materials for them. These photocopiable booklets are the result of the authors efforts to fill that gap. These first 20 stories have been written using just the alphabet sounds, and cover Steps 1.1 –1.4 as described in the Sound Discovery Manual, and in Sound Discovery Words and Sentences, Part 1. a - is the illustrated story for group or individual reading. b - has illustrations and space for modelled writing. c - has the story with space for the child’s own illustrations. Story version (a) can be enlarged and used for group reading. Picture version (b) can then be used for writing.