Links to Literacy

Even though our weekly information update, This Week in the Field, is taking a summer break, there’s still lots of literacy news and information to share. Here’s a collection of assorted links to literacy to browse: At Your Wits’ End With A Screen-Obsessed Kid? Read This Preschoolers Who Practice Phonics Show Stronger Math Skills, Study… Read more

News Literacy

How can you decide if news is true or fake? One clue is the source of the news. How to Choose Your News is a TED-Ed lesson that’s a good introduction to how the opinions and facts (and sometimes non-facts) make their way into the news and how you can tell them apart. For the… Read more


Newsela is a free nonfiction reading website and an app where students can read about current events at different reading levels. The news articles are from several sources, including the Washington Post, Scientific American, the Smithsonian and PBS News Hour.  They’ve been rewritten at 5 different reading levels (measured by Lexile score), from approximately Grade… Read more

Teach Adults to Read with News Stories

ProLiteracy has described 10 tips for using easy to read news stories with adult learners. Read the ideas here and here. These are all ideas that could be used with the Westcoast Reader, British Columbia’s newspaper for adults improving their English reading. Print editions are published every month from September to June, and teachers’ notes… Read more