Collaborating Organizations
Early Literacy 
Topical Resources
Literacy Resources
Early Literacy

Putting It All Together:
Guided Reading in 
a Comprehensive 
Literacy Classroom

August 6 - 8, 2001
Smith Middle School, Glastonbury, CT

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Welcome teachers and literacy specialists. This web site was created to provide you with easy access to a myriad of research and resources available online about guided reading, comprehensive literacy, and components of effective early literacy instruction.  If you have other favorite links to add to these pages as your study of literacy continues, feel free to email your suggestions to Julie Coiro, so that this resource can provide a common place from which to exchange successful lessons and inspire new ideas.
Collaborating Organizations

Find out more about the following organizations that worked together to bring you this summer institute. 
This web site is intended to enhance public access to information related to the components of comprehensive literacy and practices in literacy instruction. Not all web sites are necessarily supported by research and descriptions of, or references to, anything within these pages, does not constitute endorsement of their services by any or all of the organizations collaborating on the Summer Institute.
Early Literacy Topical Resources 
Comprehensive Literacy Resources
  • Connecticut's Blueprint for Reading Achievement: The Report of the Early Reading Success Panel, Connecticut State Department of Education
  • The Reading Village: TEAMS Distance Learning, Joint Project from Pepperdine University and Loyola Marymount University. Unique areas set up with information about launching K-3 readers, access to research and journal articles, readers with special needs, assessment, classroom management and more. 
  • ProTeacher's Literacy Resources: Tons of activity ideas for all aspects of literacy tested in real classrooms and access to the Busy Teacher's Literacy Bulletin Board.
  • Patricia Cunningham's 4-Blocks Literacy Model Website and companion Sifting and Sorting Through the 4-Blocks Literacy Model, a  popular and ever-growing series of articles and much more about the components of good literacy instruction written by Cheryl Sigmon, one of the creators of the 4 Blocks Literacy Model.
  • ReadingLady:  An online resource for educators seeking to interact with other educators as they expand their understanding of literacy teaching. Access and download many, many resources for guided reading, management tips about reading, comprehension strategies, reader's theatre and more.  Join several different electronic discussion groups to interact with other teachers just like yourself. 
  • Not Just Another Inservice: Summaries of Guided Reading techniques and other components of Comprehensive Literacy. 
  • Developmental Levels and The Reading Process from Washington County, Maryland. Student profiles, process lessons and activity ideas for reading and writing. 
  • K-2 Balanced Literacy Pack from Jordan School District in Utah: Although this professional development web site from Utah uses the term balanced literacy, it includes extensive resources for helping teachers effectively integrate the various stages of reading and writing instruction used in a comprehensive literacy classroom. Resources include training handouts, opportunities for online collaboration and many valuable Internet resources.
  • Balanced Literacy Components from Tucson, Arizona.  Brief summaries of important concepts to remember about reading and writing instruction.  Includes shared and guided reading, strategy instruction, word identification skills, text selection, classroom management and much more.  Also links to outlines that describes these components at the middle and high school level.
  • Early Childhood Technology Literacy Project from Montgomery County Public Schools in Marylandlearn more about how to integrate technology into instruction and increase early childhood students' skills in reading and writing
  • What's Dot's Secret?: Read  Dottie Fowler's translation of  findings from the report "How to Prevent Reading Difficulties in Young Children" into practical strategies that will help her students learn to read. 
  • Literacy Links from Literacy Leadership in New Zealand: Though many links are specific to programs in New Zealand, this list includes lots of information about quality literacy instruction. 
  • Apprenticeship in Literacy: Transitions Across Reading and Writing by Linda J. Dorn, Cathy French, and Tammy Jones.  The entire text of this wonderful resource about components of literacy is available online to read.  Visit Stenhouse Publishers online to read many other incredible literacy texts. 
  • Early Literacy Research & Documents
    State Comprehensive Literacy Initiatives: Compare Connecticut's interpretation of comprehensive literacy with similar documents developed in other states.
    Relevant Literacy Research: Read some of the most up-to-date findings about effective literacy instruction for early readers.
    Staff Development in Literacy: Learn more about literacy coaching and job-embedded mentoring.
  • National Staff Development Council (NSDC)
  • Association for Curriculum and Development (ASCD): includes an online tutorial titled Phonics /Whole Language, an article titled The Good Mentor, and a link to its sister site Mentoring Leadership and Resource Network
  • Ohio Literacy Initiative: A Basic Framework for Literacy Development
  • This page was last revised  by Julie Coiro on July 11, 2001