Rich Resource Sets

Power up your literacy program with our Rich Resource Sets.  We know busy teachers often need help finding quality resources to help them try new and effective ideas.  We designed these resource sets with this in mind.  In each set you will find an array of practical and informative resources focused on a specific literacy area or “Powerful Practice”.  Each Powerful Practice is research-based, student centred and can be used flexibly with a range of learners to ensure maximum impact on student learning.  In our research, we found that these “Powerful Practices” used repeatedly and creatively in classrooms helped to build instructional routines for quality teaching and learning.  We designed these resource sets to promote teacher development and to enable easy application in the classroom.

 

Each set includes 3 separate resources:

  1. A downloadable “How to Guide” (or HTG) will start your learning journey.  This four page PDF provides up-to-date information and practical advice about your area of study.  As well as step-by step instructions for implementation and maintenance, each guide includes a handy photocopy master that will help you get your students started easily.
  2. Web-links to video examples are provided so that you can see the Powerful Practices in action and get a feel for how they should look when you start to use them.  We know that it is often difficult to start something new without seeing it first, so we have sourced video examples of real classrooms to help you.  Follow the links to see classrooms at work.
  3. Additional professional reading is essential to well-grounded professional learning.  We have selected and provided links to further readings that will help you deepen your understandings of research, theory and practice for teaching.  Read them yourself.  Share them with colleagues.  Discuss them at meetings!

Fluency

The ability to process print accurately and easily is central to skilled reading.  Helping students become fluent readers involves concentrating on building automatic word recognition, enhancing the rate or speed of reading, and working on phrasing and expression in reading (prosody).

Fluency instruction should be fun and engaging.  You can help readers become fluent by being a great model, supporting practice and providing many opportunities for students to explore and grow their skills.

The Fluency Resource sets below present easy-to-follow information about effective fluency instruction and provide some great off-the-peg ideas you can use in your classroom tomorrow!  Follow the video and reading links to deepen your professional knowledge.

Supported Reading (*Free)

Audio-Assisted Reading (This one can only be seen if they are members)

Readers’ Theatre (*Free)

Be a Newsreader (This one can only be seen if they are members)

Paired Reading (This one can only be seen if they are members)

Three Book Challenge (This one can only be seen if they are members)

Stopwatch Reading (This one can only be seen if they are members)

Poets’ Corner K-Y3  (This one can only be seen if they are members)

Poets’ Corner Y4-Y8 (This one can only be seen if they are members)

Content Area Reading for Performance (CARP) (This one can only be seen if they are members)

Comprehension

The goal of effective comprehension instruction is to teach students strategies they can use independently to find meaning.  It is important that they learn which strategy matches their different needs whilst reading texts. 

The key to effective instruction is to teach students explicitly WHAT the strategy is, HOW to use it and WHEN it is effective.  The guides below will give you some easy-to-follow steps and information for teaching comprehension effectively while engaging students as active, thoughtful readers.

Making Connections (*Free)

Three Level Guide (*Free)

Footprints (This one can only be seen if they are members)

Thinking Wheels (*Free)

Philosophical Chairs (This one can only be seen if they are members)

Concept Maps (This one can only be seen if they are members)

Literary Ladders (This one can only be seen if they are members)

Venn Diagrams (This one can only be seen if they are members)

Vocabulary

Knowing a word is much more than simply matching it with a definition.  Really knowing words means they’re embedded in a rich concept base, and the reader can use and understand them in many contexts.

Effective teachers of vocabulary build a word-rich environment where students are immersed in words.  They use instructional strategies that model good word-learning behaviours so students develop as independent word learners. 

Word-rich environments include printed words and spoken words throughout the classroom, and lots of regular discussions about words.

The strategies that model good word learning include exploring the meaning of words through mapping, semantic feature analysis, and comparing words and semantic word clusters.

The following guides provide easy-to-follow steps and information for effective vocabulary instruction.

Making and Breaking Words (This one can only be seen if they are members)

Word Sleuths (This one can only be seen if they are members)

Word Sorting(This one can only be seen if they are members)

 

 

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