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LINCS (Literacy Information and Communication System) sponsors a number of professional communities of practice (CoPs). Among them is the Reading and Writing CoP, which invites discussions on a number of topics:

  • Essential Components of reading instruction
  • Serving individuals with a barrier to employment including those who have low levels of literacy skills
  • Literacy skills, skill-building, and instructional strategies
  • Using content standards in English Language Arts and Literacy instruction
  • Family literacy
  • Learning in context
  • Best practices based on the most rigorous research available and appropriate

You are invited to join the Community to interact with other practicioners in the field of Adult Education.

Wordless Books and Other Wordless Activities

One discussion, lauched by Di Baycich and shared by the Reading and Writing, and the Adult English Language CoPs, centers around Wordless Books as tools to engage beginning native and non-native English readers: https://community.lincs.ed.gov/discussion/wordless-picture-books-writing-prompts. In that regard, many instructors totally engage new readers using comics and cartoons to encourage performance. Below are very simple examples of cartoons that were created in just a few minutes. Students are invited to create or modify speech bubbles. Think about the fun!

What are they saying or thinking? Add your interpretataion

Phone Talk
http://www.toondoo.com/
Deceiving Looks
https://www.makebeliefscomix.com

Generation Talk
http://www.toondoo.com/

Tree Conversation
http://www.toondoo.com

Squirrel and Boy
http://www.stripcreator.com/

Mexico Visit
http://www.wittycomics.com/
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Rat and Gator

https://www.makebeliefscomix.com (Sometimes using animals removes cultural biases.)