- ProLiteracy Education Network (http://www.proliteracyednet.org/articles.asp?mcid=2&cid=24) – Courses designed to support adult educators from professional teachers to volunteer tutors, from pre-service instructors who have yet to begin working with adult learners to experienced instructional staff looking for new ideas. Want to learn more about research-based reading instruction? What it’s like to work at an adult literacy program? How to support learning gains in your students? How to adapt activities for English language learners? Whether you’re looking to complete professional development hours or just looking for new ideas, the courses are all self-paced and free for you!
- Literacy Link (http://litlink.ket.org/) – LiteracyLink is a free resource. It’s goal is to provide a link for underserved and hard-to-reach adults and their teachers to quality adult basic education and GED preparation tools using technology. Combining video, the Internet, and print materials, LiteracyLink programs are relevant to the needs of the individual learner, adult instructional programs, and the workforce.
- Pinterest (http://www.pinterest.com/readmuskegon/) – The Read Muskegon Pinterest page is full of great ideas, facts, links to articles, literacy-based projects, and more.
- The Michigan Adult Education Professional Development Project (http://www.maepd.org/) – Contains helpful resources, lesson plans and more. Look under their “e-library” tab in the “Teachers/Volunteers” section.
- U.S. Department of Education (http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ovae/pi/AdultEd/reading.html) – The Office of Career, Technical and Adult education provides links to many resources that are specific to literacy and the adult learner.
- ESL Gold (http://www.eslgold.com/) – The ESL Gold website provides free English as a Second Language teaching and learning materials for students and teachers. Resources are organized by skill level for quick and easy access.
- The California Distance Learning Project (http://www.cdlponline.org/) – Provides free student activities and tutor resources. This is a good site to find newspaper articles written for lower reading levels.
Read Muskegon hosts a monthly roundtable for our tutors. Each roundtable focuses on a different issues are. There is also plenty of time to discuss specific issues you may be having with your learner, share success stories and brainstorm ideas for the future.
- March 21st from 6-7:30pm
Read Muskegon Resource Library
Nonfiction- nonfiction can be read at any level because it is factual. Find a book that is on a topic your learner is interested in!
- Rockets and Spaceships: Low Level (elementary school) book with picture dictionary boxes and simple sentences. We have several books about other nonfiction material. These books are great for teaching nonfiction and finding books that interest them.
- Homes Around the World: Low Level (elementary school) book with picture dictionary boxes and simple sentences. Shows amazing pictures of places where people live around the world.
- We also have several animal books (sharks, reptiles, cats, etc.) for those animal-lovers out there! Most of these books are for elementary/middle school levels.
Adult Fiction- By adult fiction, I mean books that are on topics that interest adults, but are written at an easier reading level. These books are best to have adults read because it will not only interest them, but not offend them with childish material.
- The Art Thieves: This book is about a reporter who discovers people trying to steal valuable French Paintings. It is written at an upper-elementary/lower middle school level. It is technically fiction but it is about something that could happen in real life.
- Along the Gold Rush Trail: This book is about a young man’s journey to California for the 1849 Gold Rush. It is written for an upper-middle school level. It is fiction, but is about something that could happen in real life.
- Love Letters: This story is about a woman who meets a sailor that writes her letters while he is out at sea. This story is written for a middle school level. It is fiction, but is about something that could happen in real life. This would be a great story for those who like to eventually read love stories, such as Nicholas Sparks.
Cookbooks- Lots of our learners love to cook! Have them check out a cookbook and you can do a lesson on reading and understanding recipes.
- Bon Appetit-Tastes of the World: This cookbook has recipes from around the world. This cookbook would be best for those who already cook quite well. The reading level would be middle school and up.
- Favorite Recipes of Michigan Desserts: This cookbook showcases common desserts native to Michigan. It was created by Women’s Club Leaders in Michigan. The recipes would require some prior knowledge of cooking. The reading level would be middle school and up.
Children’s Books-***Some learners may be offended if you assign them a children’s book to use. Please use your discretion with this! If they have children you can always teach them how to read it and then send them home to read it with their children as extra work. Also, you can use books that they enjoyed growing up!***
- The Cat in the Hat: One of the most common Dr. Seuss books is available in our library! This book will help your learners with rhyming and word groups, as well as teach rhythmic reading. It is written for elementary level readers.
- My Little Pony: These books are great to read with your learner and have them read with their children! My Little Pony has been around for decades and most people have heard of them. This book is written at an upper-elementary level.
- Arthur Meets the President: Another great character that has been around for decades! This book is also written at an upper-elementary level.
- The Little Engine that Could: This was my favorite book growing up! This book is written with lots of pictures. This book would be great to discuss how you can guess what is going to happen in a book by the pictures on the pages. This would be a great lesson to teach talk-alouds. This book is written at an elementary level.