Quality literacy instruction is essential for all students. As many students with intellectual disabilities may read and write below grade level, finding meaningful professional development and curriculum resources can prove challenging. The key is to remember that we must provide instruction at a student’s developmental level. As such, consider the following resources from the perspective of your students’ present reading and writing abilities as opposed to the grade levels that are targeted in the modules.
Reading Rockets offers self-paced literacy modules that provide background information, context, and practical applications. Pay particular attention to the 6 traits model that can help you identify student strengths and areas for growth with regard to writing.
The Center for Early Literacy Learning modules offer great ideas for immediate implementation. The module on Literacy Rich Environments may be of great interest. While you likely have a class of students who are on varying reading and writing levels, these strategies to promote print awareness and accessibility in your classroom are sure to benefit all.
Don’t forget about all of the great T-TAC Online ASOL Resources. You will find planning guides, curriculum frameworks, and some excellent teacher-created lesson plans.