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   Volume 50, Issue 3 Summer 2020   
Contact Information Covid-19 Websites Board of Directors
Literacy Council of Jackson County
P.O. Box 615
Medford, OR 97501
(541) 531-0166

Website: www.literacyjc.org
E-mail: literacy@juno.com

D.C. Information
Visit CDC
Visit WHO
Johns Hopkins Uni.
USGov Action
Oregon Action
• Bob Burger ----- Chair
• Liz Koester ------ Placement
• Bob Burger ----- Treasurer
• Bob Burger ----- Records
• Bob Burger ----- Secretary
• Bob Burger ----- Newsletter Editor
Notes from the Chair
Dear Volunteers and Friends,

Like a car with a weak battery, restarting the economy after a long "lockdown" is a bit sluggish.  Although Covid-19 testing shows that the virus is widespread, hospitalizations are actually on the decline.  I don't know whether to panic or feel relieved.  One day at a time, folks.

You'll find that the website listing at the top of the page hasn't changed.  You can still use these to keep informed of national and regional response to the continuing Covid drama.  There are other social dramas happening, too, that might encourage you to stay in lockdown mode.

"Options of Southern Oregon" found us on the Web and placed one of their clients with a Literacy Council tutor for Adult Basic Skills training.  Of course, masks and distancing must be maintained during sessions, but progress is being made.

Don't worry, be happy ... and safe.

Bob Burger
Chair

Learn-at-Home Websites
These are only a few of the many study sites available:

•  poorvucenter.yale.edu - Has downloadable PDF's.

•  basicenglishspeaking.com - This one has audio/video with text.

•  edu.gcfglobal.org - Good for grammar.

•  learn-english-today.com - Many lessons.

•  englishgrammarsecrets.com - Worth a look.

•  englishgrammar101.com - Lessons are free, but quizzes are not.

•  talkenglish.com - This one has audio, but may be hard to download.

Other Relevant Stuff

Why Learn to Read?

Back in the 1970's (so last century) students were grabbing calculators for their math homework.  Performing mental math was considered ancient history.  Why learn to do math when a cheap machine can do it for you?

We are now well into the 21st century and students are grabbing their smart phones to dictate text messages.  Spell Check and Grammar Check are turning whatever they say into polished documents.  As for reading, that too is passť.  They simply activate the phone's Text-to-Speech feature, open or snap a photo of a document and the phone soon reads it out loud.

Well, my Language-Arts friends, don't panic. It was once believed that the phonograph would discourage playing an instrument.  Nope.  Think of all those garage bands that started up.  TV didn't put an end to conversation; it gave us more to talk about.  And calculators didn't end learning math, it gave students a way to quiz themselves.  Maybe it is human nature, because we still like to do things ourselves.

You'll offer a modern flair to the old ABC's if you incorporate technology into your lesson plans.  There are many educational games and quizzes on the Internet that you can use during a lesson or have the student use on their own.  Also, ask what would they treasure most, a text from a loved one or a hand-written letter.

Submitted by Bob Burger


Judge: Have you anything to offer this court before I pass sentence?
Defendant: Nope. My lawyer took every last penny.

Judge: Where were you between five and six?
Defendant: In kindergarten!