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Literacy Resources

Reading Resources

Common Core State Standards

Common Core State Standards FOR English Language Arts & Literacy in
History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects

This link provides materials that are divided into text complexity grade bands as defined by the Standards: K–1, 2–3, 4–5, 6–8,
9–10, and 11–CCR. Each band’s exemplars are divided into text types matching those required in the Standards for
a given grade. K–5 exemplars are separated into stories, poetry, and informational texts (as well as read-aloud texts
in kindergarten through grade 3). The 6–CCR exemplars are divided into English language arts (ELA), history/social
studies, and science, mathematics, and technical subjects, with the ELA texts further subdivided into stories, drama,
poetry, and informational texts. (The history/social studies texts also include some arts-related texts.) Citations introduce
each excerpt, and additional citations are included for texts not excerpted in the appendix. Within each grade
band and after each text type, sample performance tasks are included for select texts.

The International Dyslexia Association

The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping individuals with dyslexia, their families and the communities that support them.

Project Gutenberg

Project Gutenberg offers over 40,000 free e books: choose among free e pub books, free kindle books, download them or read them online. Project Gutenberg carries high quality e books: All the e books were previously published by bona fide publishers. They digitized and diligently proofread them with the help of thousands of volunteers. No fee or registration is required.

Reading Rockets

Reading Rockets is a national multimedia project that offers research-based and best-practice information on teaching kids to read and helping those who struggle.


Alliance for Excellent Education
The mission of  the Alliance is to promote the transformation of high schools to make it possible for every child to graduate prepared for postsecondary education and success in life.

US Department of Education
The US Department of Education’s mission is to ensure equal access to education and to promote education excellence throughout the nation. The site also includes resources and information on the latest research, funding opportunities, educational policy, and programs.

International Reading Association
IRA was founded in 1956 as a professional organization for those involved in teaching reading to learners of all ages. Their members are dedicated to promoting high levels of literacy for all by improving the quality of reading instruction, disseminating research and information about reading, and encouraging the lifetime reading habit.

Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development
ASCD is a community of educators, advocating sound policies and sharing best practices to achieve the success of each learner.

National Council of Teachers of English
The Council promotes the development of literacy, the use of language to construct personal and public worlds, and to achieve full participation in society, through the learning and teaching of English and the related arts and sciences of language.

Council of Great City Schools
The Council of the Great City Schools is a coalition of 66 of the nation’s largest urban public school systems. The Council serves as the national voice for urban educators, providing ways to share promising practices and address common concerns.


Professional Journals

The Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy

The Reading Teacher

Voices from the Middle

Educational Leadership

American Educational Research Journal

Research and Evaluation

Adolescent Literacy Research Network
The network’s research projects will identify what contributes to the development of reading and writing abilities in adolescents. It will also help create method for the identification, prevention, and remediation of reading and writing disabilities in adolescents.

The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001
The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 requires States to create their own standards for what a child should know and be able to do for all grades. Standards must be developed for reading and for math immediately and for science by the 2005-2006 school year.

National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) The Nation’s Report Card: Reading 2005
Assessments were conducted in 2005 in all 50 states in reading in the fourth and eighth grades. The District of Columbia and the school systems operated by the Department of Defense for domestic and overseas personnel also participated, for a total of 53 jurisdictions. Results for grade 12 students will be reported in the summer of 2006.

NAEP 2005 Reading Assessment Results
The assessment was administered from January to early April 2005 to more than 165,000 students at grade 4, to 159,000 students at grade 8, and to 12,000 students at grade 12.

Additional Links

National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), The Nation’s Report Card
The latest trends in student’s reading achievement.

National Center for Research on English Learning and Achievement
Research and resources on children and older youth’s English and literacy achievement.

The National Reading Panel:

This Web site is updated regularly with information about NRP publications and materials. This site is also an archive, featuring the congressional charge to the NRP, biographies of NRP members, meeting minutes, and other historical information.

Literacy Coaching Clearinghouse
This site aims to increase the knowledge base, research, and practice of literacy coaching as a form of teacher professional learning that builds teachers' capacities to offer quality literacy instruction to students and, in turn, to increase students' literacy achievement.

Focus on Literacy Coaches and Literacy Leadership: IRA Programs and Resources
This page within IRA's site aims to provide support to reading professionals for supporting colleagues as they incorporate best practice in literacy teaching and learning across the subject areas.


21st Century Resources


Boys and Girls Club Seek Summer Help

Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County is currently seeking staff for our
summer program.  Program runs from June 3rd- August 15th.  Hours are
8am-5pm, Monday- Friday. Please visit the Jobs link.

University of South Florida-Interactive Academic Advisor Forum

Please join us in Professor V’s Teaching Cafe for a very special visit from advisors from the University of South Florida. 

Advisors will be available during this time to field questions from students about their education program and about USF. The discussions will be asynchronous and are available to everyone. Visits are scheduled each semester. This semester our collaborations will take place November 3-6, 2014. Everyone is welcome. Join the discussion now

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Prof V's Cafe Receives Accolades from Florida House Rep Greg Steube

Florida House Representative Greg Steube Gives Professor V’s Teaching Café positive accolades.

Florida House Representative Greg Steube from District 73 met with professor Vigliotti to discuss her global forum “Professor V’s Teaching Café”.

Professor V’s Teaching Café has been globally utilized, lauded and written about.  The forum is unique in that it utilizes web 2.0 technology to connect post-secondary education students in authentic academic and professional interactions.

Representative Stuebe’s congratulatory appreciation Professor V’s Teaching Café is a huge boon for the web site.

His interest in the progressive field of global education and his recommendation is the latest accommodation among many important leaders and reviewers in the field.

Bradenton Herald:

SCF professor launches program to connect education worldwide

This semester, Vigliotti collaborated with University of South Florida professors the week of Halloween for virtual advising and college counseling for her students. Vigliotti said she usually invites advisers into her classroom, but invited them to log on to her website this year for her online classes.

"I don't know of any college that has ever made that collaboration happen," Vigliotti said.

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Open Discussion: Standardized Testing Starts February 18th to the 22nd

As students you have all had experiences with standardized testing.  Now you are all future teachers in training. Please post your ideas and perspectives on the efficacy of standardized testing on our students.  Feel free to post the positive and negative effects that you have personally experienced as students and as teachers.

To help prompt your thinking, you may watch the Dan Rather Reports, "Teaching to the Test" Excerpt below:

Standardized Testing Discussion

Blog Posts

So Close!

Wow. That is all I can say. We have all accomplished so much this semester and I for one am so proud of all of us! We took one step closer to becoming amazing educators and that is so exciting! I've learned so much in this class that I will take with me to my future career. The field experience was such a perfect bonus for this class and I'm so thankful that I got to take part in that. This is my last semester at SCF because I am transferring to UCF to receive my bachelors degree so I am…


Posted by Rebecca Baron on April 20, 2014 at 11:15am

The last day

It is surprising that the semester is coming to an end so quickly, I've learned a lot about myself and my decisions towards becoming a teacher. Every lesson that we went through I learned  something that caught my attention and shown me new things that made want to pursue this path even further. I hope everyone learned a lot from this course as much as I did and I am confident that everyone here will change lives once our professions begin. We are the ones that will help shape the future…


Posted by Zachery Fuller on April 17, 2014 at 6:46pm — 1 Comment

The End to a Beginning


Wow! This class really flew by! I am glad to have learned all the things I did in this course. I love this quote in the picture because it is so true. As future teachers, we must know that it's not all about our students just learning the right answers, but to learn their OWN answers through their own…


Posted by Hunter Wilson on April 17, 2014 at 6:40pm — 2 Comments

Should children be taught to apologize?

    Growing up, most of can remember being made to apologize to our friends, family and peers, if we hurt them or made them feel bad. Nowadays, the behaviors that we see in children, and the way in which we deal with those behaviors has changed drastically. Some pose this question, If a child is never taught to say that they are sorry, will they ever truly know how to? Others pose this question, "Should we teach children to say that they are sorry simply for the heck of it?" The controversy…


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Group 2 Chapter 1 Power Point Presentation

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Hello my name is Krista Stafford, I am a freshman at SCF in Venice. I am taking this class because I want to become a second grade teacher. I hope to transfer to UF my junior year and start and finish my bachelors degree there. I enjoy traveling,…Continue

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Chapter ten, and full text reflection 2 Replies

This text book was overall, very pleasant to read. It offered, I think, an excellent glimpse into the daily life of a teacher in the American School system. The author was honest about pitfalls that can sometimes derail brand new teachers, gave a…Continue

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Chapter 10 Reflection

 Well this is it! The last chapter of this class….hard to believe. I can say that throughout this class, the chapter’s and assignments have made me really think about whether I really want to be a teacher or not, and after this chapter especially I…Continue

Started by Hunter Wilson Apr 10.

Professor V's Global Webinar Presentation on Your Good Works

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Global Education Conference

Under Secretary UN Dr. Tharoor Reviews Outre and Cafe Collaborations

Sanfeer's magazine Outre was launched this week by a prominent Member of Parliament of India Former Under Secretary UN Dr. Shashi Tharoor.  Click on the link to learn more. Congratulations Sanfeer!

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American Students: Take a Virtual Tour of The University of Trivandrum

Dr. Troy Hicks Presents to Prof. V's Studentsand Dr. Jaikiran Via Live Webinar

India and USA-Connecting from Worlds Away! Class of Spring 2012

Dr. jaikiran has sent this photo from a city called Kandy, the old capital of
the country where the tooth of Buddha is preserved


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