The Literacy Project

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Research indicates that as many as 1 in 5 high school graduates are functionally illiterate.

The best skill we can improve in our students to ensure success is improved reading and writing. Regardless of their career choice, reading and writing will be essential.

The good news – Law and Public Safety Programs can make a significant impact with methods that easily integrate into what we are already doing.

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The 3 R’s 


Reading is the anchor. Without reading our students will not succeed. The more we can get them to read, the stronger they will get. We have the leverage of INTEREST. We can trick our students into reading! We have cool stuff to read!


Writing builds on reading. It allows the student to become a participant by expressing themselves. It is also critical for success in all LPS careers. Our leverage is using real world skills like report writing to build their skills. 


Combines reading and writing, developing competencies that will grow students faster than anything else. We start easy with open response assessments (think short essay). We can lead them to the ability to do more advanced skills like create their own website about topics they love (serial killers, forensics, SWAT). 

Originally Shown at ACTE Vision 2020.

Bait and Switch: Improving Literacy in LPS Classrooms

Getting students to read and write better is critical to their success in school and careers. In CTE we have a unique angle in that we already have student interest. Learn how to leverage that interest to improve student literacy. Learn how to use industry required writing, such as police reports, to improve student skills. See how industry related reading materials such as magazines can be used to build reading level. Finally, see how these can be combined to have students read novels and reflect what they have read. Other literacy opportunities specific to Law and Public Safety will be explored such as mock trials and case analysis. 


Free Online Magazines and Journals 

Our students have interest in our area. Industry magazines and journals are a great place to start reading programs. The articles tend to be short, which is what students look at first. Simply reading regularly, improves reading skills. Adding reading activities that makes them stop and process what they are reading dramatically improves reading skills over time.

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Novels, Books, & Others Reading 

Once you have them reading shorter material, you can increase their material to books. If you teach less at-risk levels, you can start books earlier. Look for books that hold attention, chapters that stand on their own (in case they miss a week), and read well. 

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Implementing Reading and Writing Methods into the Classroom

Adding literacy plans to your classroom will not take up much, if any time. Your schedule is tight already. We want to give you the resources to raise student skills that fit into your existing unit plans. 

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CTE’s Role in Adolescent Literacy from ACTE – click here 

Los Angeles Unified School District has great literacy strategies – click here 

Seven Literacy Strategies That Work from Educational Leadership – click here

Literacy Skills in Career and Technical Education Classes from Edtopia – click here

Thinkport Education has Graphical Organizers you can download and use – click here

Want to go DEEP? Read SREB’s Literacy Across the Curriculum – click here

Frayer Model Flashcards – click here