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Literacy Resources

Please go to for more resources.

All resources will be posted there instead of on here, but please check out the existing resources below.

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This site has worksheets designed to help writers with a variety of different writing tasks -- such as thank you notes, grocery lists, and developing argument structures, etc. The site has a lot of other reading exercises as well including help with nouns, spelling, phonics, etc.



Looking for ways to help your students become smarter news consumers? Browse sample curriculum ideas, activities and tools you can use to infuse news literacy lessons in your program.



Helping your learner gain computer skills?

On this site you will find lesson modules covering basic computer skills developed by computer teachers* from Adult Basic Education programs in the St. Paul Community Literacy Consortium.

You will find Lessons (handouts), Teacher Guides, Vocabulary Lists and Activities. Some computer skills may have several lessons associated with them and some lessons may cover several computer skills.

The lessons are grouped by computer task and skill. Rather than rigidly defining a day-by-day curriculum, teachers can pick and choose lessons and activities that suit their classroom needs and student's pace.



Working with your learner on employment goals?

Women Employed's acclaimed Career Coach program guides you through the steps to finding your best career, gaining the education and skills needed, navigating the application process, and continuing to excel on your new career path.




Working on preparing for the GED with your student?

Welcome to GED® Here you will find an online, completely free GED® test preparation course, as well as practice tests, which can help your student pass your GED exam and take the next step toward college or a new career. Developed by experienced instructors, this 200-page course covers all of the key points of the GED® test. It is comparable to study guides which cost twenty dollars or more at bookstores or online. was founded in 2008 to help teachers meet the nationwide crisis in reading comprehension. They help teachers improve their effectiveness through research-based, classroom-proven practices and curriculum. They deliver lesson plans directly to teachers online. Great online plans for reading comprehension!




Check out this new resource: is powerful, free, online reading comprehension and vocabulary development software. It helps people understand difficult English faster, and helps them learn words in new ways.

See the yellow box at the top of the page? Just paste in a difficult English sentence, paragraph, or more, or enter a web page URL and click the button. You'll instantly see an easier version, for fast understanding now. The easier version is specially highlighted to help build vocabulary. is completely free. There's nothing to register for. There is no app to buy, or software to order and install. Just point any Internet-connected computer, tablet, or smartphone to and the learning begins. The site displays no ads and requires no log-in or user registration.



Working on practicing filling out job applications with your learner? Check out these online practice forms:




Tar Heel Reader is a growing free library of accessible, beginning level readers for students of all ages. You can even write your own book and have it on the website! The books are set up so that as you click through pages, sentences are accompanied by many visuals. Would be good for visual learners.



A collection of open-source, accessible texts that were created to provide students with significant cognitive disabilities with access to the content of the Exemplar Texts listed in Common Core State Standards at a complexity level that will help them develop reading skills.



Check out this link for thousands of printable worksheets. Easily searchable by topic.



Are you looking for a structured way to help your learner with their spelling and decoding skills?

Making Sense of Decoding and Spelling: An Adult Reading Course of Study is an evidence-based course of study designed to teach adult learners to decode and spell words accurately and fluently.

The materials are designed to be used as one component of a comprehensive adult reading course targeted to adult basic education (ABE) learners at the low-intermediate level (fourth to seventh grade equivalence level). The lessons are scripted and sequential, with each building on skills taught in previous lessons.

Teachers' and Administrators' Guide. The Guide is designed to assist ABE instructors in using the Making Sense course of study, and provides important information for ABE administrators and teachers to use in supporting instruction with Making Sense.

Lesson Plans. The Lesson Plans document contains 30 scripted lesson plans with related charts to create overhead transparencies, PowerPoint presentation or handouts. The course of study begins with a review of basic alphabetic decoding skills and then teaches the most common and useful patterns of English words, and their applications in decoding, spelling, and fluent reading.

Learner Activity Book. The Learner Activity Book is designed for use by individual learners in conjunction with the lessons. Each learner should have a copy.

*Please see Literacy Staff if you would like a copy!



Check out the Hands on Banking® program! Does your learner want to take charge of their own finances and reach their goals? Just pick an age group and get started! Whether they want to build credit, investments, or own small business; invest in the market, a home, or higher education; shop for a loan, buy a car, or open bank accounts, the Hands on Banking program offers all the basic money tools, skills, and information you need.



Did you know you can borrow EBooks, (and Audiobooks, Music, and Video) from the

Chicago Public Library that can be read with one click on your web browser (Google Chrome recommended) or on a Mobile device with installation of OverDrive console.

EBooks are due back in 21 days and you can "check out" 6 at a time.

Click on this link to find out more info.



There is a shelf in the Resource Room with some new resources for tutors.

Check out these:

1. Reading Comprehension Cards: Less intimidating then sitting down with a book, these cards include reading passages on one side and comprehension questions on the other. Written at a 3rd grade level and in the categories of fairy tales, historical fiction, fantasy, etc. Answer cards included.

2. Flash Charts: Colorful picture-filled folding fact sheets that present information on: US Government, the 50 states, and US Presidents.

3. Strategies for Teaching Students with Learning Disabilities Book: More than 100 practical strategies and activities organized by skills (attention, reading, writing, math, organization) that will help benefit a learner with a learning disability.

4. Job Seeking Skills for People with Disabilities: A Guide to Success: Need some assistance helping a learner who is interested in pursuing a job? Check out these tips for Disability considerations, Interviewing, Resumes and Coverletters, Job Search, etc.

5. Common Phrases Cards: Cut out these flashcards that have typical words and phrases that a learner might see places in their everyday life (ex: Wet Floor, No Smoking, Don't Walk, Restrooms, etc).



The Literacy Program has some more great resources for you to use!

Word Building Flips (on Literacy Lab and Library shelves)

The letters on the flip include some of most common word endings and beginnings. Each flip includes: single consonants in red, consonant clusters and diagraphs in green and 2 sets of vowels in yellow.There are blank flips provided which can be used to supplement other letters. A dry wipe marker can be used on glossy side of flip.There are a variety of ways to set up the flip depending on focus of lesson.

Picture Dictionary: (in the Resource Room) 187 Vocabulary words, full-color photos and images, definition and context

Magnetic Math Tiles: (in Resource Room cabinet)

Great unique manipulative, including 20 magnets with #s 1-100, grouped by fives. And 4 special frame magnets used to focus on one number at a time.



Check out this website. Search any topic and find thousands of various resources

and lesson plan ideas and activities. Easy to navigate.



Looking for something to use in your tutoring session? Not had time to print out materials?

Check out the new Spelling, Vocabulary, Grammar, Reading comprehension, and Math worksheets printed and ready to go, in the tutor rooms and library!!

Please feel free to use.



LINCS Learner Web presents "Teaching Adults to Read," a free series of five online, self-paced courses, based on a 3-day workshop on the four components of reading, developed by experts in the field of adult basic education and literacy.

Teaching Adults to Read: Alphabetics
Teaching Adults to Read: Fluency
Teaching Adults to Read: Vocabulary
Teaching Adults to Read: Comprehension
Assessment Strategies and Reading Profiles

Each course provides participants with background information, informative readings and resources, hands-on activities, and multimedia examples of recommended assessment and instructional strategies. Can be completed in 2-4 hours, and participants will receive a certificate upon completion of each course. On this site, you can choose the professional development literacy topic you want to learn about and get the support you need to successfully complete your educational goal. To register for this free course, please visit:



Thanks to the Secretary of State Illinois State Library giving the Literacy Program additional money early this year... we were able to purchase a wide variety of new materials for use in your tutoring sessions!

So, please check out these great new resources now on the black shelves in the Literacy Lab and the Library. More to come soon...

Literacy Lab:

*Work with Word Families! Use the word family worksheets. Cut out the word family cards and play the game Concentration. Use the Flip and Write boards for an interactive activity in your session!


*Read Streamlined Shakespeare! Written at a 4th grade reading level, the classics Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet, written at a lower level. Use the worksheets to go over vocab and build reading comprehension!

*Check out the Adventures in History books! Five historical figures in easy to read books.



News For You is a weekly newspaper geared toward Adult Learners. It includes news that is easy to read and understand. The current news stories will help students build language, reading comprehension, vocabulary, writing, listening, and speaking skills. There's also a crossword in each issue.

It also includes a teacher's guide with each issue which includes: 3 pages of reproducible exercises to build reading and language skills. Plus a complete lesson plan for one story.

The Literacy Program has a subscription. Please take advantage of these papers. They will be on a shelf in the library. Let us know if you need us to make copies or have any questions!



If you are working on your student getting comfortable using a computer mouse, check out this website:

Simple exercises to practice mouse clicking, dragging and dropping, and drawing.

Check out this website that offers free American Sign Language Lessons!

This website offers free interactive lessons for a wide range of different topics. Everything from counting change, reading a map, learning iPad basics, to counting pills, filling out applications, and doing taxes. The activities are interactive and in the context of real-life scenarios. For example, the lesson on refilling a prescription at the pharmacy involves finding the pharmacy in a store, interacting with the pharmacist, and writing the necessary information on various forms. Would be great for tutoring sessions!

Wanting to use technology in your tutoring sessions? This blog explores different ways to do so! Full of great links to helpful websites and ideas for activities to do with your learner.



Check out this new online resource:

It is an Adult Basic Education (ABE) Fully-Accessible Online Disability Manual.

The website equips ABE managers, teachers, volunteers and tutors to empower, educate and improve the lives of their students with disabilities.

Easy navigation, instructional help, easy downloads and search engine cater to ALL users. The disabilities represented address the challenges faced by Adult Basic Education programs nationwide.



Minnesota Literacy Council online training site:

Offers training for adult literacy volunteers and professional development courses for Adult Basic Education teachers and staff. There are also a few courses that offer content directly to adult learners.

Examples of courses:
*Lesson Planning for Adult Students
*Mental Health in Adult Basic Education
*Beginning Level Reading Instruction
*Teaching Adults with AD/HD

*You cannot receive CEU credits unless you are resident of Minnesota.



The Northstar Digital Literacy Project defines basic skills needed to perform tasks on computers and online. The ability of adults to perform these tasks can be assessed through online, self-guided modules. Included are basic computer digital literacy standards and modules in six main areas: Basic Computer Use, Internet, Windows Operating System, Mac OS, Email, and Word Processing (Word).

When individuals pass the assessments at approved sites, they can obtain the Northstar Digital Literacy Certificate. This provides a credential for employment. There is no cost to complete the online assessments.



Does your student want to work on money math skills?

Check out: for various different lessons and resources on money skills, personal finances, business, careers, etc.



Are you interested in learning more about the different kinds of disabilities?

Want to learn more about strategies for teaching/supporting people with disabilities?

Essential Learning is a wonderful resource Anixter Center utilizes. It is an online learning management system that offers hundreds of e-learning courses on a variety of topics.

While many of the courses are geared towards direct support providers, there is a wealth of information in each. See below for some courses I've taken and think would be especially relevant to tutors.

If you are interested in being registered to take these courses (or others) please contact Lesley.

You would be registered for a month and could take any of the classes during that time period,

with a possibility of extending time depending on available open slots.

  1. Fundamentals of Traumatic Brain Injury
  2. Intellectual Disabilities: Causes, Suggestions, Resources
  3. Overview of Mood Disorders in Adults
  4. Overview of Personality Disorders
  5. Supporting Everyday Lives for People with Disabilities
  6. Understanding Borderline Personality Disorder
  7. Understanding Schizophrenia
  8. Strategies for Teaching Individuals with Developmental Disabilities Part 1
  9. Strategies for Teaching Individuals with Developmental Disabilities Part 2
  10. Serving People with Mental Health Issues
  11. Employment support for People with Developmental Disabilities
  12. Making Choices: Supporting Individuals with Disabilities
  13. Effective Educational Strategies



Check out this link: if you are wondering about a book's reading grade level and interest level. You can do a quick search to look for a particular book, or you can do an advanced search to browse books according to grade level, interest level, and even genre. If you are wondering about what reading level your student is at, please ask us!



QIDP (Qualitied Intellectual Disabilities Professional) Certification Course

Anixter Center is offering the QIDP Certification Course to the public (Qualitied Intellectual Disabilities Professional). The course will cost $750.  The classes are scheduled for Wednesday mornings from 9am to 1pm at 6610 N. Clark Street starting August 8th with the final class on October 3rd; and the Final Exam due by October 10th. Interested Applicants can complete... Read more

Anixter Center Holds Toy & Furniture Sale Saturday, March 3, 2018

Free Admission; Nearly 1,000 Items on Sale Chicago, Ill. (Jan. 24, 2018) — A large selection of toys, books, games and office furniture will go on sale 9 am to 2 pm Saturday, March 3, at Anixter Center, 2032 N. Clybourn Ave., in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood. The toy sale features items for... Read more

Anixter Center to Honor Alexander Pissios at its 2018 Gala on May 3

7th Annual Benefit to Be Held at Stage 18 Chicago Chicago, Illinois – (Jan. 12, 2018) — Anixter Center, a leading nonprofit in the Chicago area serving people with disabilities, will roll out the red carpet as it honors Alexander Pissios at its 2018 Gala on Thursday, May 3. Themed “Sharing Strengths, Building... Read more


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