Sunday, September 4, 2016

How Should I Organize My Free Literacy Materials?

With school starting back up and a new literacy teacher joining our team, I am feeling motivated to go through and edit / improve all the activity packs that I have created both for the ESL Literacy Network Readers and for the Talk of the Block short and long vowel series of books. I did have some of these activity kits housed on Bow Valley College's teacher showcase area, but they discontinued that feature in their transition from ESL Literacy Network to Centre of Excellence in Foundational Learning.

As I go through and ensure that my materials follow best practices for literacy materials and contain only images that can be freely shared without copyright infringement, I will be posting them on my website.

Here's my question for you.

Where / how should I organize these materials?  Is there a teaching resource website whose layout and organization you find especially user friendly? Do you find the current layout of my website easy to navigate? If not, why not? What would you have me do differently?

I am currently planning to put the activity kits in their own section at the top or bottom of the existing thematic pages. These pages follow the settlement themes (housing, commercial services, banking and money, etc.)  Do you think this is a good plan?

Alternately, I suppose I could create separate page or pages containing ONLY literacy worksheets, links, ideas, etc.

Please let me know in the comments section below which plan appeals more to you as a user of my website.

Thank you so much!


  1. I think it is a great idea to organize the resources thematically.

    1. Thank you for taking the time to give feedback! I have decided for now to do both: arrange the materials by theme but also in a separate literacy section. In addition to giving these pages their own drop-down menu on the main page, I will link to them at the bottom of every thematic page in the regular settlement English area.


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