Stories by Toronto Adult Literacy Learners
This is the third collection of stories by Toronto adult literacy learners, published as part of a national project managed by The Word On The Street Canada and funded by the Office of Literacy and Essential Skills.
The stories were chosen as winners or recipients of honourable mention in a contest that capped a series of writing workshops. The Metro Toronto Movement for Literacy (MTML), a network of organizations and individuals who are involved in and support adult literacy, was a partner in developing the workshops and coordinating the contest.
The collection is organized according to four themes: family; finding home; personal victories; and learning. Most of the stories take the form of essays but some are told in poetry. Some deal specifically with issues of literacy while others highlight events in the learner’s life.
The collection also includes a section on the Literacy Access Network, which can provide referral information on literacy programs in the City of Toronto and the York Region.
Meeting the Adult Literacy Needs in English of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in Isolated Regions
Authors: Priscilla George
This software review from CONNECT describes Literacy Encounters. This kit consists of a CD-ROM and five videos which provide learners with language experience in meaningful contexts such as shopping in a supermarket.
Clear Language for Union Communications
Series: Learning in Solidarity
Authors: Canadian Labour Congress
This document includes the following information:- Foreword - What is clear writing and design? - Writing in clear language- Clear design - Document testing - Oral and Internet communication - Advocating for clear writing - Clear language workshop - Workshop exercises - Workshop handouts- Workshop overheads- Resources
Authors: Diane McCargar
This lesson plan from CONNECT teaches learners how to use the mouse to drag selected items on the screen while practising how to make nouns plural.
Authors: Connie Belanger
This lesson plan from CONNECT teaches basic word processing skills, while providing learners with practice reading simple menus and writing descriptively.
A Project Funded by the National Literacy Secretariat, 2004-2005
Authors: Pat Neuman
This package contains worksheets which include reading, writing, document use and oral communications activities related to each of the books.
The books (A Woman's Courage, Mama's Song, Hopes and Dreams, Voice Like an Angel and That's the Way I Like it!) were graded by the Edward Fry "Graph for Estimating Readability". The books have readability levels ranging from grade 2.0 to 2.5.
Before attempting to read the books and complete all or some of the worksheets, the learners should have a fairly good grasp of beginning and mid-stage one level reading.
By the time the learners are at an upper stage 1 level, they should be fairly proficient in the skills outlined in "word recognition and graphic knowledge", and "grammatical awareness". They should also have some proficiency in the skills outlined in "reading comprehension and textual awareness". The five books and the worksheets give extensive practice in the latter.
Note: Learners can use some of the pages in the activity package to complete assisgnements for their stage books. Remind learners that they need to use a different text for each task they complete.
A Play in Four Dimensions
Series: NBAWES Curriculum
The New Brunswick Aboriginal Workplace Essential Skills (NBAWES) project was designed to help Aboriginal adults improve their literacy skills and their employability. It uses existing workplace Essential Skills curricula, adapted to meet the specific needs of Mi’kmaq and Maliseet adult learners.
This unit, subtitled “A Play in Four Dimensions,” calls on participants to become involved in the collective creation of a play incorporating any combination of words, music, dance, myths, legends, and stories. The goal is to promote the emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual dimensions of personal development.
The authors set out the steps involved in the process, including generating a list of potential productions; selecting one option and focusing on its development; identifying the skills and talents necessary for the production; matching class members with the required skills and talents; and rehearsing and setting a production date.
Series: NBAWES Curriculum
This document is part of the curriculum developed through the New Brunswick Aboriginal Workplace Essential Skills (NBAWES) project to help Aboriginal adults improve their literacy skills and their employability.
The goal of this curriculum unit is to give learners an opportunity to strengthen their writing skills by reviewing the basic rules of the English language. Participants are expected to work with reference materials like a dictionary or an encyclopedia; develop an understanding of syntax; discover the basics of punctuation; and explore storytelling, both verbal and written.
Specific lesson plans deal with taking notes; vocabulary, including the Greek and Latin roots of many English words; and the stages of writing, from selecting a topic to producing the final copy.
The unit is part of a curriculum designed to be presented over 34 weeks.
Authors: NWT Literacy Council
Stories and poems written by Northerners.
Northern Writes helps Northerners share their stories.
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