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California Library Literacy Services Resources

Decoding + Spelling

  • 1. Learner Activity Book
    Making Sense of Decoding and Spelling: An Adult Reading Course of Study was published by the National Institute for Literacy by researchers MacArthur, Alamprese, and Knight in 2010. The complete student workbook as well as the teacher lesson plans are all free and online! This series may seem challenging for tutors, but there’s an excellent teacher’s guide, and many non-teachers have used the series successfully.
  • 2. Lesson Plans
  • 3. Teachers’ and Administrators’ Guide

Grammar Resources

  • Grammar check
  • Infographics
    This infographic covers some of the most common English prepositions of time. Examples are provided for: in, on, at, since, for, ago, before, to, past, from, till/until, by,
  • Free English Video Lessons on grammar
    The lessons are rated by 1-beginner, 2-intermediate, 3- advanced with audio, written and visual learning styles with follow-up quizzes. Students and tutors can progress at their own pace.
  • Grammar Index
    This index includes 427 references to both the Guide to Grammar and Writing and Principles of Composition.


SMART goals help improve achievement and success.  A SMART goal clarifies exactly what is expected and the measures used to determine if the goal is achieved and successfully completed.






Time Bound


Lesson Plans from the Roles and Goals Form

These lesson plans are directly related to the Roles and Goals form where learners chose goals they want to meet during their tutoring. These learner-centered lesson plans will help you achieve these goals.  Please customize the lesson plans to fit your learner’s particular learning plan. The lesson plans were collected by the California Library Literacy Service.

Tutor Resources

  • pinterest.com/cllstraining/reading-skills/
    A Pinterest board with different links to improve reading skills. (Basically a bulletin board with different links.)
  • www.otan.us/browse/index.cfm?fuseaction=browse&catid=10722
    Links to fun projects and activities.
  • www.worksheetplace.com/index.php?function=DisplayCategory&showCategory=Y&links=1&id=&link1=43
    Free worksheets for arithmetic, grammar, vocabulary, phonics, etc. (This website takes a few minutes to load fully.)
  • Future Me

    A fun writing exercise to do with learners:

    Students write emails to their future selves, forward date the emails, and send them to themselves

  • Commission on Adult and basic Education (COABE)

    Adult Education Resources

    A free Resource for All Adult Educators

    Find adult basic education lesson plans, video, apps, conference presentations, high schools equivalency prep, college and career readiness, workforce readiness and professional development resources.
  • Unite for Literacy
    Unite for Literacy is a project that provides online books that include audio in multiple languages and ASL videos, celebrating different cultures and providing language support for English Language Learners. Easy reading books.
  • http://sfusd.libguides.com/blacklivesmatter
    The purpose of this libguide is to offer teachers tools they can use in their classrooms. This libguide is only meant to function as a menu of options and resources.
  • LGBT History and Culture
    With material drawn from hundreds of institutions and organizations, including both major international activist organizations and local, grassroots groups, the documents in the Archives of Human Sexuality and Identity: LGBTQ History and Culture since 1940 present important aspects of LGBTQ life in the second half of the twentieth century and beyond.
  • Updated Bloom’s Taxonomy Graphic
    Bloom’s taxonomy is a classification of learning objectives according to levels of complexity from lower order thinking skills to higher order thinking skills: Remembering, Understanding, Applying, Analyzing, Evaluating and Creating. There is a list of Apps you can use to support your general education curriculum and lesson plan objectives.
  • Other resources on Bloom’s Taxonomy: 1
  • Other resources on Bloom’s Taxonomy: 2

    (Helpful verbs for lesson objectives. For example: The learner will be able to identify the elements of a sentence.)

Tutor Resource Documents

Literacy Organizations

  • www.literacyworks.org
    Literacyworks administers the US Department of Education’s Regional Professional Development Center (Region 4 http://lincs.ed.gov/lincs/regionalresources/region4) for the Literacy Information and Communication Network System (LINCS).
  • The Change Agent
    Excellent source for Adult Basic Education materials, including past issues, lesson plans, using audio in the classroom, teaching strategies, social justice topics for discussion and learning, and links to other ABE/ESL learning resources. The Change Agent is a biannual magazine for adult educators and learners published by the New England Literacy Resource Center (NELRC) at World Education. The Change Agent promotes social action as an important part of the adult learning experience.

Reference Materials

Adult Education Literacy Instruction: A Review of the Research (2010)

In-depth review of the adult literacy research with implications for instructional focus, methods, program types and adults with disabilities. Provides a strong rationale for Alphabetics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension reading instruction. 

Citation: Kruidenier, J. R., McArthur, C. A., & Wrigley, H. S. (2010). Adult Education Literacy Instruction: A Review of the Research. Washington, DC: National Institute for Literacy



Tutor Training

Access to Learning Videos 


An excellent series of training videos produced by Partners in Reading – San Jose Public Library Literacy Program. These very useful videos focus on researched-based reading topics and show specific lessons for tutors and learners.

First Meeting

Alphabetics: Phonemic Awareness

Alphabetics: Decoding/Phonics




Additional Tutor Training Resources

Resources for educators

Tutor Blog

  • Write to Read tutors
    This blogs site is for Alameda County Library Adult Literacy Tutors and is maintained by Write to Read staff at Alameda County Library.

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