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Great Short Stories for Listening-Speaking Easy-Reading Adaptations
By David Christiansen
Illustrated by Non Shirasu
11288 Ventura Boulevard
Studio City, California 91604
This book does it all! Christiansen has simplified classic short stories and woven vocabulary, listening, speaking, phonics, writing and idiom practice into every the lesson. For beginning teachers unsure of lesson planning, the format of these lessons could be an invaluable tool.
Critical Reading Series from Jamestown Press (now available from Contemporary McGraw-Hill)
There are just over 20 stories in each book that slowly increase reading comprehension from the 6th to the 8th grade level. I especially like "Heroes," "Rescued," and "Disasters."
Thumbprint Mysteries from Contemporary Books
Literacy Level and ESL—several great ones in a set. Murder at the Reunion, ISBN 0-8092-0692-7
Laubach Way to Reading (New 2010 edition)
ABE/BEGINNING & ESOL, Reading Levels 0-4
New Readers Press 1-800-448-8878 or www.newreaderspress.com
Structured, phonics based approach developed for adults. Excellent with non-readers and lower level learners.
Sound/symbol relationships taught through pictorial memory clues. Corresponding writing materials available
Building Strategies Reading Level 4-6
Steck-.Vaughn 1-800-531-5015 or www.steck-vaughn.com
Books in each of the 5 GED areas. Includes vocabulary and comprehension practice. Great first step toward the GED
No-Glamour Reading: Content Vocabulary Books 1 & 2
Great for GED and pre-GED social studies and science vocabulary. Includes short reading passages with vocabulary in context and provides key background knowledge and information. A variety of excellent student worksheets and definitions included with each lesson.
Making Reading Connections
Curriculum Associates, Inc. www.CAinc.com
Excellent books for improving reading comprehension. Research-based materials. Skills include finding the main idea, making inferences and drawing conclusions. Different levels available
Passwords to Success—A Life Skills Vocabulary Program From Weston Walch Publisher, Portland, Maine.
This provides a practical and contextual method to build vocabulary.
Examining Words and Their Meanings
From the Competency Reading Series by Steck-Vaughn Company.
This is another good vocabulary workbook which helps with word stems and their meaning.
Focus on Phonics
By Gail Rice; from New Reader's Press.
This provides a very basic study of letters and word chunks. It is meant for use by a student with a tutor but can be a good sourcebook to reinforce skills.
New Readers Press
Although some of the passages in this eight-part
series need to be updated, overall the series is
a good one in that it touches on many of the components
of reading in a very systematic way. I used it primarily
in pre-GED classes where vocabulary building, fluency,
and reading comprehension were key skills to be
This series addresses a pervasive weakness, the
under-developed vocabulary. This series has five
steps based on reading levels: Introductory, Intermediate
1 and 2; and Advanced 1 and 2. Each book teaches
words in context, their spelling and definitions,
as well as using this new vocabulary in writing
the Word (reading level 3 and above)
New Reader’s Press
Syracuse, NY 13235
This book contains lots of practice for students
who have basic reading skills, but who have little
background with phonics, and may have a problem
reading and spelling words that are new to them.
and leveled book series for adults)
By Recorded Books
These audiobooks and read-along texts come in a
single package with a teacher’s guide included.
The series comes in two levels: level one for grades
1-2 and level two for grades 3-4. The SmartReader
texts are recorded on two speeds, so each tape has
one side that’s read about 80 words per minute
while the second side is read about 140 words per
minute. The topics and stories are geared for middle-high
school to adult new readers.
This great professional resource is a marriage between
The National Association of Teachers of English
and the International Reading Association. Add the
Marco Polo Project for Internet Education and you
have an amazing resource. Designed primarily for
K-8 teachers, the site has wonderful lessons, standards
and links to web resources that would fill the bill
nicely in an ABE or pre-GED classroom. The lesson
plans are well thought-out, easy to understand,
and follow a core sequence of reading and writing
standards as described by these two nationally recognized
language arts organizations.
This website is a great source of odds and ends.
Originally this site started from someone’s
compilation of famous quotations. But it has grown
to include, among others, links to maps and flags
from around the world, a site all about famous women,
and another about legends from many cultures. It’s
not only a useful site for ABE and ESOL teachers,
but its easy navigability makes it a favorite for
If you are teaching any level of reading in the
content areas and science is one of the subjects
you’re covering, you’ll love this website.
You will be able to give your students so much more
background information on all sorts of subjects
with just a touch of the mouse. They too will be
able to answer their own questions that arise from
a science reading by perusing this remarkable site.
As the site’s name implies, it explains how
everything words…from vacuum cleaners to atom
smashers, you’ll find the answer here.
POWA stands for Paradigm Online Writing Assistant,
and it can really help you understand ways to help
your students’ writing get more “Powa.”
Paradigm is an interactive, menu-driven, online
writer’s guide and handbook. This website
is too complex for many students, but where its
beauty lies is in its use as a tool for teachers.
Teaching writing can be intimidating, but here’s
a resource that can be used as a guide and review
for some of the intricacies of grammar as well as
an aid to the teaching of composition. This very
thorough compendium will remind you of all the tricks
you learned a long time ago in English 101, but
have forgotten. If you teach writing, this site
will be a great addition to your tool chest.