About Julie Coiro

Welcome to
Mayberry School's
Literacy Information Resource

Created by Julie Coiro
January, 2000; Updated March, 2004

These pages were created to support your study of effective literacy instruction for early readers.  You can access information that may help foster discussion during your study group meetings, lesson ideas that you can incorporate into your reading instruction, or technology resources that may spark your interest for further professional development. Let us know if you have other ideas to add to these pages as your study of literacy continues, so that this resource can provide a common place from which to exchange successful lessons and inspire new ideas.

Reading Research
Reading Instruction
Technology Integration

NEWEarly Literacy Resources for K-2

Grade 5 Thematic Unit Study

Kindergarten Software Recommendations

Reading Research Resources
This list was compiled to provide you with further background knowledge about current research findings from some popular literacy organizations.  You are encouraged to visit these web sites, jot down questions or application ideas you may have and bring these forward at one your study group meetings.

CIERA's School Change Web Site
This is your connection to CIERA Project you are involved with at your school. Visit for monthly updates and additions to their online modules on essential components of successful early intervention models.  There are additional sites available to you as a current participant of their school project.

EduPlace: Issues in Literacy Development
This document summarizes the best available research and professional expertise to help teachers provide high-quality literacy instruction for students from kindergarten through Grade 8. The information has been organized around topics that are important to literacy development. Authors: John Pikulski and J. David Cooper.

Learning to Read: Resources for Language Arts and Reading Research
Includes lots of research on individual components of "Balanced Literacy", examples of Interactive Lessons, links to related professional organizations and book publishers.

Reading Online
A journal of K-12 practice and research, published by the International Reading Association. Many, many articles about reading and research.

NCREL Balanced Reading Instruction
Summarizes review of the literature and provides links to many resources in the text and in the bibliography.

Creating Support for Effective Literacy Education
Scroll to the bottom of this page to access links to many excellent fact sheets that accompany this book by Constance Weaver, Lorraine Gillmeister-Krause, & Grace Vento-Zogby.

Reading Success Network
George Washington University's link to their two newsletters, great reading research sites and a few reading research articles.

Reading Assessment Evaluation Diagnosis
A sampling of different ways to evaluate early reading success

Research Questions Teachers Ask
A report from the National Reading Research Center Research Consortium.  This article may prompt a bit of discussion among teachers, if nothing else.

The Great Debate Revisited
A short editorial response that describes this writer's perspective

Learning to Read and Whole Language Idealogy
An overview piece (not sure when it was written) in which the author addresses the importance of phonics instruction.

Reading Strand Components of North Carolina Language Arts Curriculum
Similar to the findings of Connecticut's Early Reading Success Panel Report, this is North Carolina's listing of the components important to literacy instruction.

NCREL: What does research say about reading?
Describes major findings that focus on the cognitive aspects of reading comprehension

Reading Framework for the National Assessment of Educational Pro
Reports the structure of the reading achievement tests given to students in the United States at the national and state level. Chapters 2 and 3 give good examples of how to assess reading comprehension, metacognition, and the use of reading strategies.

Early Literacy Ideas from Bank Street College
Describes various early literacy development and reading strategies that can be fostered at home and at school. Reading Research Links
Links to reports from the National Reading Panel, Reading Coherence Initiative, Phonemic Awareness Research, and organizations for students with reading disabilities

Cognitive Foundations of Learning to Read: A Framework
Southwest Educational Development Library offers this summary of cognitive elements of reading, a reading assessment database and lots of supporting research evidence.

Instructional Reading Resources

An online resource for educators seeking to interact with other educators as they expand their understanding of literacy teaching. Access and download many, many resources for guided reading, particularly within the context of Pat Cunningham's Four Blocks Approach to Literacy.  Read lots of different management tips about reading or learn more about Six Trait Writing, Author Studies, Comprehension Strategies from Mosaic of Thought, Poetry, and Reader's Theatre.  Join several different electronic discussion groups to interact with other teachers just like yourself.

Children's Literature Web Guide
A fantastic compilation of Internet resources related to books for children and young adults.

Cheryl Sigmon's 4-Block's Literacy Model
Archive of 60+ articles updated twice a month at Sigmon's online column.  Cheryl Sigmon is one of the creators of the Four Blocks approach to literacy, along with Pat Cunningham and Dorothy Hall.

Julie Coiro's Literacy Resources on Suite101
Archive of 30+ articles updated monthly at Coiro's online column.  Julie Coiro is a literacy and technology specialist.  She works privately in Connecticut as an educational consultant.

Guided Reading

Literature Circles

Technology Tools

This next section is designed to inspire new ways of thinking about how technology can be used as a tool for enhancing your current literacy curriculum.  My hope is that you'll explore these links and choose one of the tools that you'd like to being using with your students.  Future training sessions at your school can be designed to answer your questions about these particular tools and help you integrate these exciting strategies into your literacy lessons.  Click on any of the icons below to link to examples of how elementary students are currently using each tool.

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