Back to School 

After the year we’ve had, no one is looking forward to getting back to normal more than teachers are.

But we also know that many students are going to need more. More time. More understanding. More support. “Back to normal” may not be enough to reach these students, to re-engage them in learning, to close learning gaps, and to get them where they need to be. 

As teachers, we need more than “back to normal.” We need “back to better.” 

JillE Literacy can help.

Back to better

JillE Literacy is a unique collection of classroom libraries designed to engage students, empower teachers, and make literacy instruction excel

JillE Literacy can help you get back to better by—

  • Teaching science-based literacy skills that build a bridge to authentic reading and writing.
  • Motivating young readers with high-interest stories, poems, and informational texts.
  • Supporting social-emotional learning in every fiction story.
  • Elevating teaching practice with built-in lessons that save planning time, ensure high-quality instruction, and leave nothing to chance.

JillE Literacy is your guide on the side, helping you establish powerful whole-class and small-group routines, teach essential reading and writing skills, and accelerate learning.

Catching up fast

For children who have fallen behind, JillE Literacy provides a fast and efficient way to catch up essential skills and get students hooked on reading.

“Students progress at a much faster rate in phonics when the bulk of instructional time is spent on applying the skills to authentic reading and writing experiences, rather than isolated skill-and-drill work. ”

– International Literacy Association, Literacy Leadership Brief

Structured and explicit skills instruction is built into every JillE Literacy text, including:

Oral Language

Print Concepts

Phonemic Awareness

Phonics & Word Study

High-Frequency Words

Decoding Strategies

Reading Comprehension

Text Structures & Features

Vocabulary

Reading Fluency

Writing

Social-Emotional Learning

Rather than focusing on these skills in isolation, JillE Literacy integrates instruction in a variety of literacy skills across every resource. The systematic instruction in JillE Literacy helps students continually expand their skills as they advance through the stages of literacy development. 

“[R]eading comprehension is complex, multifaceted, and requires the orchestration of reading skills, language abilities, and knowledge of the world. Effective reading comprehension instruction is also complex and requires attention to multiple aspects of learning and development.”

– Dr. Timothy Shanahan, Shanahan on Literacy

Supporting all learners

No two students are alike when it comes to literacy development. 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.

JillE Literacy supports learners at every stage of literacy development with: 

  • Whole-class instruction that makes grade-level skills accessible to all students, regardless of their reading level.
  • Small-group instruction that uses targets the skills appropriate to each student’s stage of literacy development. 
  • Support for English learners through an emphasis on oral language and vocabulary, partner talk, and scaffolded instructional approaches.
  • Authentically embedded social-emotional learning with discussion prompts and mini-lessons throughout the fiction texts.

Supporting all teachers

One of the biggest challenges teachers face is time—time for planning, time for teaching, time for giving every student the individual attention and support they need. 

As a former elementary teacher herself, Jill Eggleton understands that teachers need books that work as hard as they do. Jill created JillE Literacy with built-in tools and lessons that let teachers spend less time planning and more time teaching.

The example above shows the high level of teacher support built into JillE Literacy. For every Leveled Book, a Take & Teach Book for the teacher features step-by-step instruction in the side panels, and a Take & Teach Lesson card provides a simple-to-use lesson plan with additional support for English learners and social-emotional learning.

Teacher to teacher—Why JillE Literacy? 

By LeeAnna Rabine, award-winning first-grade teacher

I’ve been using Jill Eggleton’s books and poems in my first-grade classroom for years, and I believe it’s Jill’s passion and experience with literacy learners that makes her program so strong.

JillE Literacy makes it easy to fill in any gaps in literacy skills (comprehension, vocabulary, fluency, phonemic awareness and phonics) in a fun, meaningful way.

The texts are engaging, no matter what component you choose to use. When given an option, my students always choose JillE books for their independent time! When there is a topic of interest to them, my first graders will say, “does Jill Eggleton have a book about that?”

Top 5 reasons to choose JillE Literacy

  1. Highly engaging texts for K-3 readers
  2. Rhythmical, musical, magical text and topics that lure in the reader
  3. Teaching panels that provide any teacher an easy, successful way to teach on the spot
  4. Shared books and poems with entire lessons focused on comprehension, vocabulary, fluency, phonemic awareness/phonics, and creative response
  5. Knowing that all components tie in with each other so whatever parts match the needs of your reading program, you won’t feel you are missing out on any key skills for your students

Components

JillE Literacy offers a wealth of engaging whole-class and small-group resources inside every classroom kit, with texts that span a wide range of reading levels to reach every learner.

JillE Literacy is designed to be used flexibly, with components that can be easily used alongside other books and programs, no matter what core reading curriculum you use.

TRADITIONAL

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.

COMBINATION

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.

DO-IT-YOURSELF

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.

Pacing and schedule 

The schedule below shows one of many ways that JillE Literacy can be used in a 90- to 120-minute literacy block. The times and sequence are flexible and can be adjusted as needed to fit your specific classroom schedule and routines.

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Whole-Class Instruction

Shared Books & Poetry Cards
(10-15 min. each)

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
(10-20 min.)

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.

Small-Group and
Independent Learning

Leveled Books

Take & Teach Books and Lessons
(60 min.)

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.

COVID-19 relief funding 

Funding is available for programs that help students recover from interrupted or unfinished learning caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Check out the funding resources below from our partners, HMH, as well as the U.S. Department of Education and the Texas Education Agency.

This back-to-school season, let JillE Literacy help you change “back to normal” to “back to better.”

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