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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


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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