Literacy Volunteers of Illinois

Jump Start Volunteer Resources

Learning Disabilities

LD Bibliography List


Secretary of State Literacy Office: The mission of Secretary White's Literacy Office is to enable agencies in Illinois to offer services to help Illinois adults and their families who read at the lowest levels to increase their reading ability in English.

Study Guides

Bluford Series:

A Matter of Trust by Anne Schraff Lost and Found by Anne Schraff
Blood Is Thicker by Paul Langan & D.M. Blackwell No Way Out by Peggy Kern
Breaking Point by Karyn Langhorne Folan & Paul Langan Secrets of the Shadows by Anne Schraff
Brothers In Arms by Paul Langan & Ben Alirez Summer of Secrets by Paul Langan
The Bully by Paul Langan The Test by Peggy Kern
The Fallen by Paul Langan Until We Meet Again by Anne Schraff
The Gun by Paul Langan  


Hatchet by Gary Paulsen Monster by Walter Dean Myers


Tutor Resources on the Web

General - Free samples and ideas on all subjects

www. - Over 8,000 free printable worksheets on all subjects -   FREE (Federal Resources for Educational Excellence) offers teaching resources from Federal Agencies - Tools to help develop your own lesson plans - A collection of comprehensive educational websites recommended by the page's curator - Tips and resources for helping students to succeed


Reading - Thousands of downloadable and printable materials that cover skills for effective reading instruction

Compound Word Lists - Fourteen lists of compound words

Reading for Life Lessons - Collection of worksheets and activities to teach life skills from Minnesota Dept. of Education


Vocabulary - Build hundreds of customized vocabulary lessons - Spelling lists for grades 1-6

Spelling it Right - Free printable worksheets as well as advice from an experienced English instructor

LINCS - Downloadable word lists: Dolch Basic Words, Fry Instant Words, Fry Signal Words


Math - Interactive games and resources to help students learn multiplication tables - Designed to help tutors brush up on their own math skills, but also a good source for ideas - Over 13,000 free math worksheets with answer keys - Lessons and activities for teaching money, business and life skills


Geography - Continental maps, information and statistics - Interactive atlas - Maps and cultural information


ESL - Resources for students and teachers


Games - A How to Kit for adapting and creating literacy games - Make custom printable bingo cards for instruction and entertainme

Puzzle Maker - Make a printable word search or crossword puzzle

Flashcards - Free printable flashcard maker


Tutor Tips - Minnesota Literacy Council Tips for Tutors - Tips for tutoring in reading

Illinois State Board of Education - Homework help for students, tutors and parents


Additional Resources

NCSALL - National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy - Research and innovation for a more literate world

LINCS - Library Information and Communication System assesment strategies and reading profiles



Elliot, Rebecca. Painless Grammar. Barron's Educational Series Inc., 1997.

Hopper, Vincent. Essentials of Writing. Barron's Educational Series Inc., 2000.

Langan, John. English Essentials:Short Version. McGraw-Hill, 2009.


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