Literacy Tutors Survival Guide, by Sandra Huehn and Philip
Fernandez through Students for Literacy at Frontier College, the University
You can create a
number of meaningful reading materials with your student by using the
language experience approach, however it is important that you do a
variety of activities with your student.
Choose reading materials
and activities that are relevant to your student but are not too lengthy
or complicated. Connect reading and writing with the activities that
your student does every day. Your student will learn the best when she
is engaged in a literacy activity that is meaningful to her. Use all
of your student's senses. Talk about it, read about it, do it!
Music and Poetry
- Bring music lyrics
to read - write lyrics for a song.
- Rap and read
- talk about music.
- Read and write
- Record each other
reading and listen as you read the words.
- Read junk mail
- Send post cards,
cartoons, newspaper clippings to your student.
- Write a letter
to a sports figure, music personality, or politician.
- Order from a
- Read shopping
- Create a shopping
- Read a recipe.
- Shop together
- Read brand names,
cooking instructions and ingredients.
- Read the newspaper,
sports section, comics, news, letters to the editor.
- Read the yellow
- Fill out job
- Compile a personal
Movies and Television
- See the movie/read
- Role play a story.
- Read a TV guide,
select a program, watch, then critically discuss the program.
- Meet with others
to discuss books, magazines, movies, music, etc.
- Play word games:
scrabble, boggle, hangman, concentration, wheel of fortune, word chains,
crossword puzzles, word search.
- Play 20 questions
- Make a list of
crafts to make, list materials needed and steps to take.
- Play computer
- Read magazines
including comic books.
- Collect and read
- Write your own
- Keep a journal.
- Read short stories.
- Read children's
stories. (Use children's books only if your student has the opportunity
to read to a child.)
- Go for a walk.
Read street and store signs.
- Read city maps
and subway maps.
- Read signs in
- Draw a map of
the neighbourhood, highlighting important places.
- Visit the library
and pick books for reading together.
- Visit a used
bookstore or library.
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