Literacy Lookout

Quarter 2 Newsletter- December 2021

Happy Holidays!

You are almost halfway through the 2021-2022 school year. We are so proud of this district for being open to new instructional tools and strategies. You have had more than enough on your plate, but you're still willing to try to do what is best for your students. We can't wait to see what innovative and impactful things you will be doing in 2022!

Watch: An Eye Opening Documentary Film: The Truth about Reading: "The Invisible Crisis Hiding In Plain Sight." (2022)

The Truth About Reading (2022) Teaser


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Our Current Reads...

Bringing Words to Life

Hundreds of thousands of teachers have used this highly practical guide to help K-12 students enlarge their vocabulary and get involved in noticing understanding and using new words. Grounded in research, the book explains how to select words for instruction, introduce their meanings, and create engaging learning activities that promote both word knowledge and reading comprehension.

Starting to learn new words effectively " important, because learning new words is a journey that goes well beyond being presented with information about their meaning." -Page 41

Get it here.

Equipped for Reading Success

In recent years, scientists have made great strides in understanding how children learn to read, as well as how to prevent and correct most reading difficulties. However, the American Federation for Teachers, the Journal of Learning Disabilities, and School Psychology Review have all highlighted the fact that these findings have not become widely known or used in our schools. Equipped for Reading Success is designed to summarize these research results in a clear and easy-to-read manner, bringing teachers up-to-date on these exciting findings.

"There is no age where a student is "too old" for phoneme awareness training - if the skills have not been mastered, the students should get training." -Page 18

Check out this website to learn more!

You can find it on Amazon here.



We are always accepting donations of adolescent literature to get in the hands of our students. If you have gently used books that you'd like to get rid of, please consider dropping them off at one of the Literacy Lounges on our campus!

District Literacy Team Information

"We may not know it all, but we may know something different."