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This page is dedicated to resources that rely on research-based principles of reading instruction and suggest practical ways to apply research findings to adult learning settings. You will find resources related to reading and adult basic education instruction.

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International Reading Association
The professional home for those who help others learn to read.


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.

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.

Read, Write, Think
This web site offers numerous resources, including lesson plans, for analyzing political cartoons--a skill included in the Virginia GED Content Standards and the National External Diploma Program.

The Virginia Teacher Observation Project
This website contains a set of tools for a process of teacher observation and feedback for professional development.


Adult Literacy Instruction: A Review of the Research
This new report is an analysis of the AE reading instruction research base, designed as a resource for both practitioners and reading researchers.(.pdf)
Making Sense of Decoding and Spelling: An Adult Reading Course of Study
This is an evidence-based course of study designed to teach adult learners to decode and spell words more accurately and fluently. (.pdf)
Creating Authentic Materials and Activities for the Adult Literacy Classroom
This handbook is based on the results of "The Literacy Practices of Adult Learners Study" which focused on the nature and impact of two dimensions of classroom practice in adult basic education. (.pdf)
Shining a Light on Virginia's Adult Literacy Crisis
This article highlights national and state statistics which reveal that more than 2 million adults in Virginia struggle with basic or below basic literacy skills.
Reading and Adult English Language Learners
This site provides an overview of the reading issues today within the ESOL population, and a brief summary of literacy levels and what they mean.


New: Literacy Skills and Strategies for Content Area Teachers
A compilation of content-based comprehension and vocabulary strategies and lessons for literacy learners. Compiled by Melissa Sethna, Literacy Coach, Mundelein High School (2010-2011).
Helping Students Understand What They Read
Regina Richards, writing for LDOnline, outlines steps that all teachers can take to help their learners better understand and comprehend what they are reading.
Assistive Technology Tools: Reading
Tools to help facilitate decoding, reading fluency, and comprehension.
People with visual impairments, physical disabilities and/or learning disabilities can look to Bookshare to dramatically increase the quantity and timely availability of books and newspapers in accessible formats.
EFF Tool Kit
From the interactive homepage, click on Standards, then Reading with Understanding to see how this standard is composed and implemented. Downloadable instructional supports.
Cognitive Instruction Strategies Website
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln has built a website devoted to Cognitive Strategy Instruction. While it is geared mainly to children, many of the strategies are also applicable to adults.
News for You, by New Reader's Press
For over 40 years, they have been providing educators with the instructional tools they need to teach adult students and older teens the skills for functioning in the world today.
Awesome Stories
Awesome Stories is a collection of stories on a variety of topics, including topics related to current movies, famous trials, and American and world history.
Quizlet for Vocabulary Development
Want a fun way for your students to learn their vocabulary online? Try out Quizlet. It allows the student to enter his/her personal list and meanings, then juggles them in flashcard style.
The Media Library of Teaching Skills
The Media Library of Teaching Skills (MLoTS) project, a free web-based library of short digital videos of adult education classrooms and tutorials.

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