Free, Leveled Online Libraries: How are teachers using them with students?
Submitted by Jeff Goumas on April 12, 2018 - 10:28am
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Over the past month, I've been alerted to a number of really great, free reading resources that include relevant, non-fiction texts suited for adult learners of all levels. You can read more details about each of them on this blog post from last week.
The sites mentioned in the blog were:
- Marshall Adult Education - Reading Skills for Today's Adults
- Marshall Adult Education - Reading for Health Care Workers
- California Distance Learning Project - Adult Learning Activities
- Center for the Study of Adult Literacy - Web Based Text Library
While it's all well and good to throw things such as these out to instructors and say, "Look! There are a bunch of good resources out there! GO!", I don't think we can expect instructors to just jump in without first having an idea of how instructors are integrating such resources in their literacy instruction. So, I wanted to pose that very question: How are instructors using resources such as these with their learners? In particular, I'm trying to gain a sense of any or all of the following:
- If you are using these resources, what do you and your students like most about them?
- How are teachers using texts from these free sources (or others) to teach/model skills such as identifying key ideas and details, summarizing, comparing and contrasting, etc.?
- How are teachers blending these resources into their regular literacy instruction (whether it be home grown, a publisher program, etc.)?
- What additional supports or tools would be wanted/needed for instructors or learners to be more comfortable and willing to use resources such as these?
- What are some innovative ideas for using these resources you've yet to try but are interested in exploring?
- If you are using any of these sources, what ideas do you have for expanding or building upon the great work that's been started?
- Are there other great sources of free, leveled texts out there that you'd like to share?
It is beyond encouraging to see the immense time and effort being put into the development of resources such as these that work both to support learners as they develop their skills and, hopefully, engender a love of literacy. I'd love to get folks sharing out ideas so we can help to expand their use within the field.