Keys to Literacy Newsletter
April 2018
Blog Posts
Fostering Academic Language Development In Primary Grades

Language skills and literacy achievement are highly correlated. The  Report of the National Early Literacy Panel  (Lonigan & Shanahan, 2008) found that oral language – the ability to produce or comprehend spoken language, including vocabulary and grammar – is correlated with later literacy achievement. The more children know about language, the better equipped they are to succeed in reading and writing.
Teaching Writing in Kindergarten

I just read another good blog post from Tim Shanahan, this one about how to teach writing in kindergarten…. on the same day that our new Keys to Early Writing book is going to the printer! So, I thought I’d devote this entry to kindergarten writing instruction. 
Keys to Literacy News
Keys to Earl y Writing Book Now Available!

Joan Sedita has written a new book with instructional suggestions for teaching foundational writing skills to children in Grades K to 3. 

Expanded Focus: Keys to Early Literacy  

We have expanded our primary grades professional development offerings to address every component of literacy: vocabulary, comprehension, phonemic awareness and phonics, oral language, and basic writing skills. Contact us to find out how we can support early literacy instruction in your school. 
Recommended Literacy Resources
13 Characteristics of Dyslexia
Helpful guide from Orton Gillingham Online Academy

Rubric for Evaluating Reading/Language Arts Instructional Materials for Kindergarten to Grade 5
Available from the IES Regional Educational Laboratory Program 

A Disciplinary Literacy Bibliography
List of research and articles related to teaching upper grade content literacy developed by Tim Shanahan

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