Take a look at our favorite resources on reading and writing literacy, collected and reviewed by CIRCLE. Experienced Adventist educators sift the ever expanding array of online resources for those of best value for Adventist teachers, administrators and support staff, curating lists for quick and easy use by busy educators anywhere, anytime.
Parent Inspiration – Developing Literacy
Inspire parents to model and prompt a love of reading and critical thinking skills for lifelong literacy. Ready to print or link parents to; available in color and black/white editions. Part of a series of undated topical parenting tools for schools to build Christian families.
Developing Literacy Skills with Graphic Organizers
This article explores the implementation and usefulness of graphic organizers, mental maps, and other visual guides to help students sort and retain new information.
“A high-quality, open-source, free reading intervention program for grades PK-6.” Links to literacy activities, lessons and ideas, and how to teach this program. Download picture cards, decodable passages, and a free reading toolkit, among other practical tutoring tools, audios and videos.
Building Literacy through Home/School Partnerships
The author suggests some ideas for people who would like to increase collaboration between their school and community to increase literacy. From the JAE special issue on reading.
Journal of Adventist Education Special Issue: Reading, Writing, and Revolution
Ian Bothwell’s editorial discusses some of the controversy surrounding the teaching of reading, including phonics, whole language, basal readers and more. Articles in this article include:
- Teaching Print Awareness Through Kindergarten Journal Writing
- A Phonics Patchwork
- Basal Readers and Trade Books
- Introducing Children to Authors
- Creating Reading Excitement Through Character Dialogue Journals
- Readers Theatre–A Unique Approach to Reading and Writing
- Whole Language in the Middle and Secondary School
- Meeting At-Risk Students’ Needs: Reading Workshop
- Language Arts for the Gifted Student
- Helping College Students Who Read Poorly
Getting Action into Phonics
Shirani de Alwis-Chand describes action phonics and shows how music, rhythm, and movement can be used to enhance memory.
Language Arts – Story Glove
Strategies for using a simple story glove puppet to help students identify the setting, characters, problem, solution, and favorite story parts after reading a story.
International Reading Association
The International Reading Association is the world’s leading organization of literacy professionals. The website has resources including lesson plans, reading lists, and professional development.
Big Writing and Beyond!
Big Writing gives students opportunities to rehearse and apply their learning of other text types and keeps them engaged and excited about literacy. Can be used to supplement the Pathways program.
Pathways Writing Workshops
Fryson presents and explores using Writing Workshops in the Pathways Curriculum used in NAD Adventist elementary school language arts education. Writer’s talk, mini lessons, status of the class, independent writing, guided writing, and investigations are discussed.
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