Literacy is not just the ability to read and write, but a process that is unique to each student. This alone makes it a complex and challenging issue for teachers who need to work with students who exhibit weak literacy skills. Further, educators are faced with choosing from a number of different methods and approaches to literacy instruction.
The following resources are presented to support teachers who seek information and research in order to provide the most appropriate help for struggling students.
Building Literacy Knowledge for Education Professionals, provided by EMSTAC, Elementary and Middle Schools Technical Assistance Center, offers an overview of approaches to literacy, and models that can be used in the classroom to implement research-based practices as well as research-based quick and easy practical applications.
Literacy Matters seeks to improve the literacy development of middle grade students. On the web site, Literacy Matters provides information, resources, and online professional development.
The Literacy Leadership Institute, sponsored in part by Scholastic and NCTE, is a professional development institute focusing on the best practices in middle and secondary literacy instruction. Information on this site centers on the annual conference, held in July each year.
Center for Media Literacy provides articles and links to information to assist educators in developing critical thinking skills regarding all areas of mass media, from television to online games.
The Ohio Resource Center provides hundreds of links for teachers interested in expanding their work in the classroom in the area of literacy.
MiddleWeb provides resources, articles and other information designed to help middle school teachers in a variety of areas, from literacy to classroom management.
The Center for Media Literacy asks teachers: are you ready for learning in the twenty-first century? CML provides articles and information for teachers who want or need information on how technology can transform and improve education.
Just Think is part of the Electronic Classroom's New Literacy project and deals with literacy and the media.
The Electronic Classroom also provides Web Watch: Internet Resources to Assist Teachers with Struggling Readers.
The Electronic Classroom Resources and Links has descriptions of and links to websites related to literacy learning, and annotated lists of literacy-related websites structured around specific themes.
Making Meaning in Literature is a project of the Annenberg Foundation and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting in which teachers are guided to help students get involved with the text, thinking about what they read and using that knowledge to grow.
Making Meaning in Literature - Resources for Teachers has an extensive list of links to the participating authors' sites (including Sharon Creech), along with articles related to classroom discussion, and Young Adult Literature sites.
Turning Points is a comprehensive education reform model that focuses on improving student learning. The site features guides that teachers can download to get information that focuses on the Turning Points philosophy in middle school education.
The Oregon University System's web site features links not only to Oregon resources but a wide variety of other web sites that can assist middle school educators with reading literacy and professional development.
A Universal Process for Any Writing Task outlines the five stages of writing, along with useful classroom ideas, as described by Nanci Atwell, author of In the Middle: New Understandings About Writing, Reading, and Learning.
The goal of the Literacy Matters project is to improve the literacy development of middle grades and secondary school students, especially those students who are struggling to succeed.
Teaching Readers Who Struggle offers an article that includes best practices for working with students who have difficulty in language arts.
ReadWriteThink is a web site presented by the International Reading Association.
How the Language Really Works features the Fundamentals of Critical Reading and Effective Writing. Teachers can benefit from this site and be better able to guide students in learning the principles contained here.
Education World features twenty-five tips to motivate young readers across the grades.