This virtual presentation will focus on the affects that poverty has on literacy and literacy instruction. Literacy development can be supported by print-rich homes; however, due to the effects of poverty, especially generational, many children are growing up with limited interactions of reading materials outside of school. While the effects of poverty will be shared, the main focus of the presentation will be on ways to get reading materials into student’s homes and provide literacy support for families. Participants will learn about the importance of literature in homes but also numerous ways to support families with this task. Topics include how literacy packets and literacy bags can be developed at school and shared with students and parents starting during the school years as well as incorporating print and digital resources. In addition, the presenter will share information about how to support pre-service in their understanding over the effects of poverty and literacy. Pre-service teachers will benefit from developing a strong background knowledge over this topic to be prepared to support students in their future classrooms.
Jill Tussey, Buena Vista University, United States
Leslie Haas, Buena Vista University, United States