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Newsela and ReadWorks Online Reading Options for Adult Learners

Hi Everyone,

Our lives and teaching strategies have changed significantly over the past few weeks as COVID-19 has impacted us.  As adult educators, we are scrambling to provide online access for our students who want to continue to learn during the pandemic.

The LINCS Integrating Technology group has a robust discussion about resources for moving instruction online. 

Testing Strategies for GED RLA

To whom it may concern:

I was wondering if anyone had some testing strategies for the GED RLA. I have a student who has a learning disability, but will never have the documentation to get the accommodation of extra Reading time. The student has consistently scored between a 136 to 141 on the GED test. The student seems to struggle with author's tone/voice, main idea, fact versus opinion and inference. 

Any suggestions or advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you.


Melissa Perry

Tags: Reading, GED RLA

Journal Article: Using paper scrolls to teach reading and writing in higher education classrooms

I would like to share with you a case study, just published, in which graduate students at London Metropolitan University were introduced to the idea of using paper scrolls to address the academic reading needs of non-traditional, international, and learning disabled students. They found this simple, ancient book format to be more welcoming, accessible, and collaborative than the codex (bound book); they found that it provides for a better dialogic encounter with reading.  

Does anyone use the Diagnostic Assessment of Reading (DAR)?

Hi all, 

I am investigating the DAR (Diagnostic Assessment of Reading).  Is anyone using it?  Has anyone heard of it? If you are not using it, what are you using for comprehensive diagnostic information on readers when they enter your program and to show progress?

Thank you for your input!

K-1 Phonetics-First Writing and Reading with Truespel and Beyond

It has been found that children make up their own phonetics in order to write, and those that do are among the best readers.  Now it is possible to use truespel phonetics for initial writing and reading to enhance phonemic awareness as well as making writing easy to do in regular letters phonetically.  There are many other uses, such as interventions, assessments, and ESL.  Truespel is free on the internet at and links to phonics because it's phonics based with many phonics studies to show frequency of spelling of the 40 US English phonemes.  See 

Free and Open Reading and Writing Resources!

Jeff Goumas has just posted a discussion, "Free & Open Resources for Academic, Employability, and 21st-Century Skills,"  providing information about an amazing set of materials in many disciplines, including Reading and Writing, which is right up our alley.

Writing phonetically helps learning to read - time for truespel

A Harvard study this year found that kindergarten students who tried to write using their own phonetic system were the best readers.  This shows that they crave a phonetic system which is modeled after traditional spelling as much as possible.  Truespel phonetics provides this system with one spelling for each of US English 40 phonemes adopting best choice phonics for the phonemes.  Truespel tutorials and a converter are free on the internet.  Learn about phoneme frequency in text also.  See .

MLoTs HyperDoc

I created the attached HyperDoc for a professional development training on teaching vocabulary and fluency. Please let me know your thoughts or questions!

Reading, Listening & Writing Homework for Beginners

Hello colleagues, I'll be teaching a 6-week summer class with beginners after the 4th of July holiday. The learners will have a little bit of English, so they are not at the very lowest level, but not really high beginners yet. Learners in this class typically have a literacy foundation in their primary language.


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