Four Blocks of Literacy
View the following four videos to see how teachers across the province are using the 4-Blocks of Literacy to create accessible learning experiences for Grade 1 to 6 students with significant disabilities. Download the accompanying learning guides for related discussion questions.


Guided Reading (6 min. 23 sec.)
Teachers demonstrate how they include students with significant disabilities in guided reading activities.
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Self-selected Reading (11 min. 29 sec.)
Teachers demonstrate how they organize their classroom libraries and provide meaningful and accessible self-selected
reading experiences for all students in their classrooms.


Working with Words (7 min. 2 sec.)
Teachers demonstrate how they use word walls and related making word activities to build literacy skills of all students in their classroom,
including students with significant disabilities.


Structured Writing (7 min. 35 sec.)
Teachers demonstrate how they create accessible and successful writing experiences for students with significant disabilities.

Community of Practice

Reflecting on Community of Practice (2 min. 44 sec.)
A recent cohort of Alberta teachers worked together to pilot the teaching resources MEville to WEville and Children with Disabilities: Reading and Writing the Four-Blocks Way. Here is what they had to say about their experience in this community of practice.


In Conversation with Caroline Musselwhite

These 11 videos and related learning guides provide an opportunity to enhance and support teacher practice in the area of literacy for students with significant disabilities. Dr. Caroline Musselwhite is an assistive technology specialist with more than 30 years of experience working with children and adolescents with significant disabilities. Dr. Musselwhite was recently in Alberta and we had the opportunity to engage her in conversation with about literacy and students with disabilities.


Literacy: A World to Discover

Literacy: A World to Discover (2 min. 10 sec.)
In the 21st century, literacy is more than reading and writing. Today and in the future, learners must develop expertise with a range of literacy skills and strategies to acquire, create, connect, and communicate meaning in an ever-expanding variety of contexts. From the time we are born, we are always learning. Literacy opens the doors to many worlds − family, communities, school and the workplace.
View this video and reflect on the diverse ways students can be engaged in literacy.

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