Literacy Changes the World

Jamie Wojtowicz, Literacy Coach, Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES

Hello and Welcome!

With schools moving to online learning, there are ample free resources (videos, worksheets, online games) being shared to assist educators and families in making this transition quickly and smoothly. Rather than provide yet another resource, this newsletter will instead aim to provide a literacy-based project that families can integrate into their day and teachers can adapt to meet the specific grade-level needs of a class, while possibly utilizing a pre-existing resource!

A disclaimer, however. Remember there is no "normal" in any of this. There is no "right" way to balance home, work, and family right now. And so:

"You don't always have to be doing something. You can just be, and that's plenty"

(Alice Walker)

To get a better sense of who I am: here are a few "fast facts" and photos:

  • My family and I recently rescued two cats and named them Georgie and Peppa
  • We have a Beagle/Jack Russell rescue named Maisy
  • I have a 2-year-old daughter named Savannah

Create Your Own Time Capsule

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How do we help kids develop their own primary source documents and images?

I've been thinking a lot about how to help kids not only process this moment in time, but document it. The best way to practice writing is through authentic experiences and connecting kids' hearts AND minds. We hear a lot about "authentic learning," and it doesn't get much more authentic than experiencing a pandemic and being able to process it in real time. Here are some ideas of things kids of all ages can do, depending on their interest and grade level.

Text Connections

Teachers, if you are looking to develop a larger unit around our current situation, here are some ideas for connections and resources:

Content Connections

This week's lesson connect to:

ELA (reading, writing)

Art (photos, images)


Social Studies (primary sources)

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