The Literacy Club

The Literacy Club: Effective Instruction and Intervention for Linguistically Diverse Learners

Kathryn Henn-Reinke, Xee Yang
ISBN: 978-1-934000-32-8
Paperback: 192 pages
Published: February, 2017

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An Asset-Based Approach

This step-by-step guide prepares teachers to support the literacy development of linguistically diverse learners at school. The Literacy Club provides effective instruction and intervention for language learners in English and/or Spanish. K-5 teachers learn to use a wide range of tools, resources, and strategies that accelerate literacy development, and to continuously monitor their students' progress in oracy, literacy, and metacognition.  

The Literacy Club is a Tier 2 or intermediate intervention for small groups of language learners who struggle with literacy, and it has been field-tested in English as an additional language (EAL) and dual language/bilingual contexts.  The Literacy Club draws on elements from Reading Recovery (Clay, 2013), Guided Reading (Fountas & Pinnell, 2010), Literacy Squared (Escamilla et al, 2014), and the SIOP model (Echevarria, Vogt, & Short, 2012), and it addresses state content and English language development standards. Henn-Reinke and Yang show teachers how to adapt and implement the Literacy Club for K-5 students in their schools.

Three Strands for Diverse Language Learners

  • The advancing bilingual strand is for students in bilingual programs who have a strong foundation in Spanish oracy. 
  • The emerging bilingual strand is for students in dual language programs who are just developing Spanish oracy.
  • The English as an additional language strand is for students in English-medium classrooms who are learning English as an additional language for academic purposes at school.

Schools/districts may choose to implement any or all of these strands, depending on their student needs and instructional resources.