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"To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark." —Victor Hugo

The resources on these pages rely on research-based principles of reading instruction and suggest practical ways to apply research findings to adult learning settings. These valuable websites for educators include:


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Making Sense of Decoding and Spelling: An Adult Reading Course of Study
This evidence-based course of study is designed to teach adult learners to decode and spell words more accurately and fluently. It includes a teachers’ and administrators’ guide, thirty complete lesson plans, and a learner activity book.

ReadWriteThink
This website offers numerous resources, including lesson plans and interactive online tools, for engaging literacy and English language arts instruction.

Marshall Reading Skills for Today's Adults
Designed to aid in building readers' fluency and comprehension skills, this site provides leveled reading selections and research to help adult learners become better readers and more informed consumers, parents, employees, citizens, and community members.

Newsela
Daily news stories with adjustable reading levels prompt learners to "read closely, think critically, and be worldly." Click the magnifying glass in the top menu bar and search by Reading Standard 8 to find paired pro/con articles.

ReadWorks
This site offers leveled nonfiction and literary passages that are aligned to the Common Core State Standards and the standards of all 50 states. Find research-based units, lessons, and question sets.

Awesome Stories
This site collects a variety of stories, most connected to primary source reading passages or images. Subjects include American and world history, famous trials, and subjects of current movies.

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