Reading & Writing: Resources

Resources1This 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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Author Study Toolkit

Developed by Reading Rockets, this publication is a step-by-step guide to engaging children and youth in an author study.

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Graphic Novels For Young Kids

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!

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Afterschool and Summer Reading with LGBTQ Content

This handout developed by Read,Write,Think provides activities and resources for developing lessons on books with LGBTQ content.

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Arts and Literacy Lesson Planning Guide

Arts and Literacy Lesson Planning Guide

This resource provides a series of questions to evaluate your literacy lesson plan.

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Literacy — Comprehension Activities

Comprehension activities are interactive and meaningful ways for students to engage in the text with one another.

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Developmental_Stages_of_Reading checklist

Quick Check: Developmental Stages of Reading

Use this checklist to assess what stage of reading development a student has achieved based upon the skills they presently possess.

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Literacy — Effective Questioning

Use these questions to model self-questioning strategies for students, so over time they become more engaged and active readers.

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An Instructor’s Guide to the Afterschool Training Toolkit

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.

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Literacy handout from ASM 2003

The Role of Specific Activities in Children’s Literacy Development

This resource examines the roles of specific types of reading activities, such as reading to children, sustained silent reading, book discussions and story dramatization.

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Literacy — Text Genre Checklist

In order for children to become proficient readers, they should have access to a wide variety of texts.

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Literacy — Text Structures and Signal Words

This resource identifies 5 narrative structures, tools for helping students understand each structure, and signal words.

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