MEville to WEville from Ablenet addresses beginning literacy and communication development while supporting student development of self and a sense of belonging within a community of learners.
This program is the first ever research-based literacy program that meaningfully and systematically integrates reading, writing, speaking, augmentative communicating, and listening for elementary students with disabilities in the moderate to severe range. Lesson activities are written based on the understanding of the early literacy learning as described in the reports and additional research readings, such as National Reading Panel, National Reading Research Council Project, Reading Difficulties in Young Children, and Rand Reading Comprehension Reports.
This program is organized into 3 Units. Each unit has 3 parts which incorporate the essential literacy lessons of learning new words, word wall words, vocabulary development, writing, and in-context literacy development.
Unit 1 - Me
Unit 2 - My Family
Unit 3 - My School
Who I Am
Who Is In My Family
Who Is At My School
How I Feel
Things We Do
Being A Student
What I Like
Living With My Family
What We Do
MEville to Weville Research Study
• Learning New Words: Students identify new words and develop expressive language skills through saying words, singing songs, and using words in high-interest activities.
• Vocabulary Activities: Students practice using the vocabulary words in engaging activities designed with repetition and variety to promote the understanding of each word.
• Word Wall Words: Students learn high frequency words needed in reading and writing through activities such as clap/chanting, writing, and word identification.
• Literacy Lessons: Students engage in lessons using literature books and real life experiences to practice choice making, direction following, and giving a personal response.
• Writing Lessons: Students make decisions about individual and group writings and express themselves through book making and other structured writing projects.
This resource systematically targets literacy skills that research has shown are critical to literacy learning success while incorporating content area goals and objectives. All lessons support the following literacy skills and are filled with fun and engaging lessons relating to the ME, MY FAMILY, and MY SCHOOL themes.
Literacy Learning Areas
• Word Identification - Click here to view vocabulary and word wall words.
• Print Concepts
• Oral Language
• Phonological Awareness
Character Education and Community Building Outcomes
• Students will further develop a sense of "Who I Am."
• Students will experience a sense of belonging.
• Students will learn to acknowledge and celebrate accomplishments, contributions, and differences.
• Students will experience a valued role as they learn "What we do for each other is important."
• Every student's voice will be heard.
The Student Data Collection Charts are provided for you to easily record and share your students' growth and progress with others. Use these charts to keep track of the ongoing participation and progress of your students. These charts can also be used to capture baseline information prior to starting the program.
• Learning New Words/Vocabulary
• Word Wall Words
• Content Learning
• Character Education & Community Building
The authors recommend planning at least 30 minutes of instructional time per lesson, although the time spent on each lesson will differ according to how many students are in your classroom, the instructional pacing needs of students, and how many teaching assistants and related service personnel are assisting.
Whether you stick to the 75 lessons and 60 extension activities provided or add your own creative ideas, it is recommended you spend time each day providing literacy experiences to your students.This resource systematically targets literacy skills that research has shown are critical to literacy learning success while incorporating content area goals and objectives. All lessons support the following literacy skills and are filled with fun and engaging lessons relating to the ME, MY FAMILY, and MY SCHOOL themes.
The Action Dictionary references every action verb that is used in the MEville to WEville curriculum. These action verbs are words presented in bold throughout the manual. The Action Dictionary describes various ways in which students' actions may be adapted or modified to enable active participation in the lesson.
Also included is the Assistive Technology Quick Set Up Guide, which provides the information you'll need to set up the assistive technology recommended in the MEville to WEville curriculum.
MEville to WEville includes the following reproducibles:
• Vocabulary Cards
• Word Wall Words
• Class Books
• Lesson Activities/Games
• Letters to Encourage Family InvolvementMEville to WEville was specifically developed for students with disabilities who have difficulties learning to read and write through traditional instructional methods. Designed to build a classroom community that promotes a sense of belonging, each unit offers students a new and different perspective on themselves, their families, and their school.
In Unit 1: Me, students focus on individuality and build a sense of self through a range of lessons about Who I Am, How I Feel and What I Like. Unit 1 includes the book Today I Feel Silly, written by Jamie Lee Curtis.
In Unit 2: My Family, students are given the opportunity to focus on relationship building as they participate in themed lessons, including Who Is My Family, Things We Do and Living With My Family. Unit 2 includes the book Families, written by Ann Morris to support literacy learning.
In Unit 3: My School, students cooperate with fellow classmates as they explore themed lessons that focus on Who Is At My School, What We Do and Being A Student. Unit 3 includes the book My Special Day at Third Street School, written by Eve Bunting.You can access a short Powerpoint show about MEville to Weville MEville to Weville PowerPoint.