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At the River News 
2020, Issue #2

Big Announcement! 

At the Lake and Other Stories for Adult Emergent Readers is here! 

Hello everyone, 

Thank you for your support for literacy instruction and for At the River. I am very happy to let you know that Book 2, At the Lake, is ready. At the Lake reviews the sounds taught in At the River: short vowels, single consonants, and consonant digraphs. The main focus of At the Lake is long vowel sounds and the most common spelling patterns for long vowels. The teachers' guide is free, and we have free audio files this time! Check it out on the Wayzgoose Press site: https://wayzgoosepress.com/authors/shelley-hale-lee/. At the Lake is also available on Amazon, and is coming soon to Barnes and Noble and Book Depository. 

I had the opportunity this summer to teach a couple of stories from At the Lake to new arrivals from Afghanistan and Syria (thank you, Kim Wyatt and USCRI). These women are meeting in small groups with their teachers over WhatsApp, and they have learned the basics of literacy in English with At the River. It was exciting and gratifying to see that they are totally prepared for the next steps in At the Lake, and that they are enthusiastic about reading in English! These books work - in person and virtually! 

In this newsletter, I'll share a couple of short videos that give you a look at the material.

Feel free to forward this newsletter. New subscribers: Send me an email and I'll add you to the mailing list. You can find previous newsletters in the archives:  http://www.emergentreaders.org/newsletter-archives.html. You can unsubscribe anytime.

Your questions and comments are always welcome; email me at shelleyhalelee@gmail.com. Take good care and stay well! 

Shelley Hale Lee
Author, At the River and Other Stories for Adult Emergent Readers
and At the Lake and Other Stories for Adult Emergent Readers
www.emergentreaders.org
https://wayzgoosepress.com/authors/shelley-hale-lee/#attheriver


 
What are the main differences between
At the River and At the Lake? 

 
At the Lake assumes that students can write the letters of the Roman alphabet, and that they know single consonant sounds well. At the Lake reviews short vowel sounds, but it's helpful if students are very familiar with the short vowel sounds before starting At the Lake. At the River teaches handwriting, but At the Lake does not. See the teachers' guide for more details. 
What age groups will benefit most from
At the Lake

- Adults in community college or adult ed programs
- High school and middle school students who have some literacy in their L1 and can write the Roman alphabet
- Elementary school students, second grade and up, who need phonics and fluency instruction
Video: At the Lake Table of Contents
Video: At the Lake sample story and exercises
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