Ask any teacher the biggest challenge they face, and the answer will invariably be time—not enough time for planning, for teaching, for giving every student the individual attention and support they need. As a former elementary classroom teacher herself, Jill Eggleton understands this challenge. She created JillE Literacy with built-in tools and lessons that let teachers spend less time planning and more time teaching.
With at-a-glance guidance built into every resource, JillE Literacy has prepared every whole-class and small-group lesson with the instructional tools teachers need, right at their fingertips. For every small-group Leveled Book, a Take & Teach version with built-in teaching panels provides a mirror image of the student version with suggested instructional prompts right on the page for every step of the lesson.
“The panels that come on the pages of JilleE books provide teachers with an invaluable tool. We are able to ask deep level questions while providing support and continuous exposure to skills and strategies early, emergent, and fluent readers need at each stage of development. They are my favorite resource to use when teaching reading!”– Cathy Huhnerkoch, First Grade Teacher
For more information, check out the built-in support in these sample books, poems, and lessons:
There is no room for struggle, pain, or boredom in reading. To engage young readers, teachers need books and poems that spark emotion, imagination, critical thinking, curiosity, and creativity. Just as you can’t light a fire with a wet match, you can’t kindle a love of reading with boring, lifeless texts.
The texts in JillE Literacy were created to spark emotion, imagination, critical thinking, curiosity, and creativity with engaging stories, intriguing topics, and striking visuals, while providing multiple opportunities to teach essential literacy and social-emotional skills.
“My students love the shared books and poems that Jill Eggleton has written. The rhyme and repetition give them confidence to share and read!“– Marcy Colwell, EL Specialist
To see some of the engaging materials in JillE Literacy, check out these sample books, poems, and resources:
JillE Literacy embeds explicit instruction and repeated practice in foundational literacy skills throughout every text, uniquely using highly engaging, level-appropriate books and poems rather than decodable texts.
Specific Decoding Strategies
Specific Comprehension Skills
“I have been a teacher for 18 years, and I have become a much better teacher of reading and comprehension by using the panel suggestions in the leveled and shared reading books. The notes do a GREAT job meeting students’ diverse needs.”– Renee Schultz, Kindergarten Teacher
No two children are alike when it comes to literacy development. Language and reading abilities vary from child to child—regardless of age. That’s why it’s essential to differentiate materials and instruction based on children’s stage of language and literacy development rather than their chronological age.
Whole-class resources that use scaffolded read-aloud and shared reading approaches to make grade-level texts accessible to all students, regardless of stage. Vibrant illustrations and rich language build a love of reading while teaching essential literacy skills in context.
Small-group resources that use leveled materials to target the skills appropriate to each student’s developmental stage. Each classroom kit includes a wide range of leveled books with corresponding teaching versions that take the guesswork out of small-group reading instruction.
Point to and name specific objects or animals on each page (e.g., plant, caterpillar, leaf, tree, bird, cat). Have students repeat the name and then find the word on the page.
Spanish cognate: planta (plant)
EL Support Key: ■ ■ ■ Substantial ■ ■ Moderate ■ Light
Every fiction title in JillE Literacy was intentionally written to support social-emotional learning through thought-provoking stories that feature engaging characters children can identify with and storylines that provide authentic opportunities for children to explore emotions, empathize, connect, and walk in another’s shoes.
Built-in discussion prompts and mini-lessons help students explore essential social-emotional competencies within the safety of a contained fictional world.
JillE Literacy provides a wealth of diverse and flexible resources that can be easily used alongside other books and programs, no matter what kind of core reading curriculum you use.
In classrooms with a traditional reading basal, JillE Literacy can expand reading instruction into new areas, with built-in support that helps teachers incorporate new instructional approaches.
In classrooms that utilize a combination of whole-class and small-group instructional approaches, JillE Literacy can provide an infusion of engaging texts with built-in tools for teaching essential skills in context.
In classrooms that use a patchwork of resources to teach literacy skills, JillE Literacy can help teachers focus on the most critical teaching opportunities and eliminate hours of planning time.
JillE Literacy works hand in hand with a variety of other programs, offering
Do you use Into Reading in your classroom? Download our Companion Guide to find out how JillE Literacy can help you build student engagement, empower literacy instruction, and help your K–3 students excel.
JillE Literacy makes it easy to support reading and writing skills every day of the week. Use the lesson plans, teaching panels, and activities built into every resource to teach and reinforce:
Writing activities inside every book and poem help students transfer reading skills to writing and offer essential writing practice across many forms and purposes.
Shared Books & Poetry Cards
Use the Day 1 panels to support oral language, comprehension, and social-emotional learning.
Use the Day 2 panels to identify and work with engaging and challenging vocabulary.
Use the Day 3 panels to help students read with fluency.
Use the Day 4 panels to reinforce phonemic awareness, phonics, and word study skills.
Use the Day 5 panels to give every student an opportunity to respond creatively to the text.
Read Aloud Books
Use the notes on the inside front cover to introduce, guide, and extend the reading. Follow up each reading with a different response activity from the inside back cover, which include writing, creative arts, speaking & listening, language & vocabulary, independent reading, and social-emotional learning.
Take & Teach Books and Lessons
Meet with two to three reading groups per day while the other students are engaged in independent learning activities. Use the built-in teaching panels and support in the Take & Teach Books and Lessons to explicitly teach decoding strategies, reading comprehension, reading fluency, and to support English learners and social-emotional learning.
Use the writing activities built into every Leveled Book to give students the opportunity to respond to the text and to apply the phonics skills and high-frequency words they have learned to their writing.
Have students respond to the Shared Book.
In addition to the embedded prompts and lessons in every text, a comprehensive Teacher’s Handbook provides simple and practical guidance for whole-class instruction, small-group instruction, and assessment, as well as classroom organization and learning centers.
This high level of teacher support saves planning time and takes the guesswork out of preparing structured and scaffolded literacy lessons. Using JillE Literacy is like having a master teacher and literacy coach beside you every step of the way.
A classroom’s walls do so much more than hold up the roof! Find out how to make the most of this precious literacy opportunity with Jill’s new article, “The Sacred Walls.”
This school year, let JillE Literacy help you change “back to normal” to “back to better” with fast solutions for catching up skills and getting students hooked on reading.
Do you use Into Reading in your classroom? Find out how to refresh and invigorate your Into Reading classroom with our new Companion Guide. This simple guide shows how JillE Literacy works hand in hand with Into Reading, offering resources designed to engage students, empower teachers, and make literacy instruction excel.
This month, let JillE Literacy inspire you with poetry and nonfiction to share with your class and new ideas for harnessing the power of your classroom walls.
JillE Literacy was created by educator, author, and international literacy consultant Jill Eggleton, QSO. Since her earliest days as a classroom teacher in New Zealand, Jill has known that there is no room for struggle, pain, or boredom in reading.
Teachers need books that work as hard as they do. Today’s teachers have more demands on their time than ever. JillE Literacy lets teachers spend less time planning and more time teaching.
Engagement is key. There is no room for struggle, pain, or boredom in reading. To engage young readers, teachers need books and poems that spark emotion, imagination, critical thinking, curiosity, and creativity.
Foundational literacy skills need to be explicitly and systematically taught. You cannot read if you can’t decode accurately. However, you cannot learn to read by just learning to decode. JillE Literacy embeds explicit instruction and repeated practice in foundational literacy skills throughout every text, uniquely using highly engaging books and poems rather than the usual dull, decodable texts.
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