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Activities for Tutoring a Pre-Literate Student

Find activities ideas for low-literacy learners in phonics, speaking, listening, reading, and writing in this handout.

Story by Story Phonics Lessons

Find phonics based readings on this website that can be read on the computer or printed off to read in class. There are also typing lessons, and links to other resources that support beginning literacy development.

Teaching Analogy Phonics (TAP, 2015)

Provides reading teachers and tutors with convincing background information and testimonials, a lesson plan model and template, other reinforcement ideas, and over 100 common or sequential phonogram and word family lists for immediate analogy phonics instruction.

Sound City Reading

This phonetic reading program website offers free PDF files of phonics books, workbooks, wall charts, flashcards, games, and activities at five levels. Materials are designed to be used sequentially, from the Learning the Alphabet through Basic and Advanced Phonics Patterns; however, it is also useful for older readers at beginning levels.

Story by Story (2008)

This website provides 12 interactive, multi-media, online versions of Story by Story to use for FREE. They were developed by Charles and Pam LaRue and provide illustrated listening/fluency activities along with writing/typing exercises for short vowel and consonant digraph sound patterns.

New American Horizons: Adult ESL Teacher Training Videos – Low Literacy

This collection of 12 teacher training videos were filmed in adult ESL classes and feature a variety of teaching strategies and activities. For teachers interested in learning more about working with low-literacy learners, there are three videos that address this level.

Sounds of Speech – Phonetics: The Sounds of American English

This website contains animated libraries of the phonetic sounds of English and other languages. For each English consonant and vowel, viewers will find an animated articulatory diagram, a step-by-step description, and video-audio of the sound spoken in context.

Phonics Pull-Out Kit

English language learners at many levels need additional assistance with building their phonetic awareness and strengthening their phonetic decoding abilities. The Phonics and Phonemic Awareness Kit provides a variety of activities that can be used with low-beginning to high-intermediate levels of English language learners.

Minnesota Literacy Council Pre-Beginning ESL Story Bank and Curriculum

This curriculum builds literacy skills and 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), into every life skill unit.

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CCRS in the ABE Classroom: Literacy Level ESL

This lesson focuses on Shift 1: Complexity; Reading Anchor 1, Levels A and B; Reading Anchor 2, Level A; Speaking and Listening Anchor 2, Level A; and Reading Foundations Anchors 1 and 2. The learners: 1) Ask and answer questions about key details in a text, 2) Ask and answer wh- questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, 3) Identify the main topic and retell key details of a text, 4) Confirm understanding of an oral text by asking and answering questions, and 5) Isolate the initial and final sounds of spoken words. 

CCRS in the ABE Classroom: Beginning ESL

This lesson focuses on Shift 2: Evidence; Reading Anchors 1, 3, and 7, Level A; Speaking and Listening Anchors 1 and 6, Level A; and Language Anchor 1. The learners: 1) Ask and answer questions about key details in a text, 2) Describe the connection between individuals, 3) Use illustrations to describe key ideas, 4) Speak audibly, express thoughts clearly and succinctly, 5) Follow rules for discussions & responding to comments/questions in an exchange, and 6) Understand and use question words, possessive pronouns, and the progressive verb tense.

CCRS Classroom Videos – ESL

Want to see the CCRS (College & Career Readiness Standards) in action in an ESL classroom, but don’t have time to get out and observe your colleagues? Look no further than these wonderful classroom videos featuring seasoned instructors from Literacy Minnesota as they expertly implement the…

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MN ABE YouTube Channel

The MN ABE YouTube Channel is a free online PD resource that you can use to explore teaching techniques and classroom ideas in action! Find out more in this MN ABE Connect newsletter article.

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Literacy Minnesota – main office
700 Raymond Ave., Ste. 180
Saint Paul, MN 55114 United States

Volunteer Navigator Training – 2/17 & 2/24/20

Literacy Minnesota – main office
700 Raymond Ave., Ste. 180
Saint Paul, MN 55114 United States

Registration Deadline: MON. 2/17/20 Literacy Minnesota (formerly the Minnesota Literacy Council) has developed and is piloting a new training program to prepare volunteers to be navigators in Adult Basic Education programs. Navigators are a mix of mentor, coach, cheerleader and guidance counselor. As a navigator, you’ll help… Learn More

Literacy Minnesota – main office
700 Raymond Ave., Ste. 180
Saint Paul, MN 55114 United States
February 25, 2020 6:00 pm–8:00 pm
Literacy Minnesota
Literacy Minnesota – main office
700 Raymond Ave., Ste. 180
Saint Paul, MN 55114 United States

Immigration 101

Literacy Minnesota – main office
700 Raymond Ave., Ste. 180
Saint Paul, MN 55114 United States

Registration Deadline: TUES. 2/25/20 In this workshop, learn about the current state of immigration, including status of refugees and asylees, policies and policy changes that may impact people from Minnesota, facts on how immigration benefits the state economy, as well as other topics. Participants will practice responding… Learn More

Literacy Minnesota – main office
700 Raymond Ave., Ste. 180
Saint Paul, MN 55114 United States