Literacy Lessons

Expand the power of Reading Recovery for Exceptional Students with Literacy Lessons®!

Literacy Lessons® is a one-on-one intervention designed for students in grades 2-4 who are in need of supplementary support because they are struggling with beginning reading and writing. Specialist teachers are trained to use Reading Recovery instructional procedures to design individual lessons for their students with the goal of accelerating their literacy learning. Literacy Lessons can be applied in schools that offer Reading Recovery or IPLÉ.

A short video by Dr. Allyson Matczuk about Literacy Lessons, including how to implement this in your school district.

Life Changing Literacy Learning for Students with Exceptional Needs. Extensive Professional Development for Teachers.

A One on One Literacy Intervention for older students in schools already implementing Reading Recovery.

Children selected for Literacy Lessons are in the beginning stages of learning to read and write. They are identified based on the results of their assessment using An Observation Survey of Early Literacy Achievement (Clay, 2019) and possibly other suitable assessments. Students work on-on-one with a Literacy Lessons trained teacher for 30-40 minutes every day for up to 30 weeks to make gains in their literacy learning.

There are other groups of children who would probably also benefit from the use of Reading Recovery procedures. It is because these procedures are designed for adapting the instruction to the learning needs of individual children that they can be applied to many beginning readers who are in some kind of special education.

Marie Clay, Literacy Lessons Designed for Individuals, p. i)

Like Reading Recovery, Literacy Lessons includes a strong professional development component, implementation standards and guidelines, and annual data collection.

The best investment for students is knowledgeable teachers – teachers who know how to adjust their teaching based on a child’s needs and abilities. Literacy Lessons provides the proven training to teachers with expertise working with particular populations of students. In the hands on training, teachers learn how to assess beginning readers knowledge and skills to then be able to design individual lessons that will accelerate literacy and language learning. Literacy Lessons Specialist Teachers participate in on-going professional earning in order to continue to best teach exceptional students to read and write. More details about the training can be found on this website under Reading Recovery.

Literacy Lessons teachers are able to collaborate with colleagues in the classroom setting about effective teaching strategies to benefit particular populations of students who are just learning to read and write. They are also able to celebrate the positive impact of literacy lessons with the student, parents, teachers and the whole school community.

For more information about Literacy Lessons or for an application to provide Literacy Lessons in your school district contact us. This two page flyer is also available for download and distribution.

Child Hands Writing with Red Pencil Crayon
Just when people thought I could never read and write, I learned how thanks to a Literacy Lessons teacher!