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Minnesota Literacy Council Pre-Beginning ESL Story Bank and Curriculum

This Pre-Beginning ESL (levels 0-1) curriculum was created with a grant from the Saint Paul Community Literacy Consortium to implement Bridge Prep components into curricula.

This curriculum incorporates level-appropriate Transitions skills identified by the ATLAS program’s Academic, Career & Employability Skills (ACES) initiative, as outlined in the Transitions Integration Framework (TIF) – such as Critical Thinking (e.g., categorizing and sequencing) and Self-Management (e.g., maintaining a binder of class handouts) – into every life skill unit. The curriculum builds literacy skills through regular practice with print concepts, phonological awareness, phonics and word recognition, fluency, and comprehension. In building literacy skills, it also prepares learners for success on CASAS assessments.