The goal of the Literacy New York Buffalo-Niagara Partnership/Buffalo PAL Reading Program is to strengthen the students’ literacy skills as they work to develop their core proficiencies corresponding to the NYS Common Core Learning Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy, as well as the demonstration of those skills. The LNYBN BPAL Reading Program provides the students the opportunity to work in small groups, with targeted instructional supports, to participate in experiential learning activities that not only develop literacy skills and strategies, but also to increase students reading independence and proficiency, enhancing their opportunities to more successfully participate in academic and community literacy activities, such as the Mayor’s Summer Reading Challenge and the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library Reading Contests.

Instructional Design

The LNYBN BPAL Reading Program is designed to provide students the opportunity to develop their foundational literacy skills in order to think strategically, learn across content areas, and transfer learning to new situations and contexts. Through the use of literacy activities and games, the program will provide explicit strategy instruction for the development of the targeted literacy skills, including reading for key ideas and details, analyzing the structure of texts, vocabulary acquisition and use, comprehension and collaboration, and the presentation of knowledge and ideas. Each session will be scaffolded to incorporate individual review and anticipatory activities, explicit strategy instruction to introduce the targeted skill, small group literacy games that develop and practice the identified skill, and independent anchoring activities. The instructional materials will incorporate components of literature and literary nonfiction. Strategy instruction and small group games will be developed to address the components of language: listening, speaking, writing and reading, with an emphasis on the components of reading: vocabulary, fluency and comprehension. Participants in the LNYBN BPAL will also have the opportunity to develop their experiences in reading for leisure.

Literacy Program will be offered at ALL City of Buffalo Sites. Please check out our program calendar for time, dates, and locations.

For more information on Literacy New York Buffalo-Niagara: http://www.literacybuffalo.org/