This section provides resources that can be used when designing reading and writing activities during the out of school time (OST). It includes lesson plans, handouts and curricula that have been generated by programs and program staff.
The resources have been selected because they
- are designed specifically for the OST context or
- provide lessons and activities that can be adapted easily for the OST context.
In addition, while the listed activities support literacy, they also build upon youth development enrichment offerings, for example, the arts, social and emotional learning, and youth leadership/civic engagement.
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Green City Force (GCF) works with 18 - 24 year old high school graduates who live in New York City public housing. It prepares young adults to succeed in their chosen careers by engaging them in full-time AmeriCorps national service, training, and work experiences related to the clean energy economy. In doing so, Green City Force encourages them to lead socially and environmentally responsible lives. GCF is working towards a "green city" built on principles of sustainability, social, economic and environmental justice.
This collection of writing by teenagers in Metropolitan Detroit can provide a great source of reading materials for youth in out-of-school time programs, as well as the springboard for discussion and writing.
This handout, developed by the National Writing Project, offers successful strategies contributed by experienced Writing Project teachers. Since NWP does not promote a single approach to teaching writing, readers will benefit from a variety of eclectic, classroom-tested techniques, which can easily be adapted for the out-of-school time context.
The Reading is Fundamental website is a rich resource for activities that can be used with children and youth in the out-of-school time. Lessons include downloadable forms and games, such as book character word searches, culturally aligned activities such as reading passports, and much more.
This blog is about a project of the Education Development Center called Adobe Youth Voices. The project's goals include making youth media activities accessible for teachers, remove barriers for participation, encourage young people to formulate their own views on issues they care about, and make sure that all youth believe their views are worthy to share. The article provides strategies for instructors as well as links to resources and other media literacy materials.
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Developed by Reading Rockets, this publication is a step-by-step guide to engaging children and youth in an author study.
Similar to comic books, graphic novels weave rich, lively visuals with a limited amount of text to drive the narrative. Graphic novels can be especially appealing to young readers who are reluctant to pick up a more traditional book. Graphic novels are a great way to help struggling readers strengthen vocabulary, build reading confidence and stamina, and develop a deeper appreciation of storytelling. Perfect for summer reading programs!
This handout developed by Read,Write,Think provides activities and resources for developing lessons on books with LGBTQ content.
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The toolkit is divided into sections that address six content areas: the arts, math, science, technology, homework help, and the content area for this guide, literacy.
This resource examines the roles of specific types of reading activities, such as reading to children, sustained silent reading, book discussions and story dramatization.