PLS Literacy eNewsletter - October 2013

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PLS Literacy Newsletter


"To encourage literature and the arts is a duty which every good citizen owes to his country." - George Washington

Dear Visitor,

GED Financial Support


If your student is thinking of taking the GED test, here is some good news. The Oklahoma Literacy Coalition is offering a financial benefit to Oklahoma literacy adult learners who pass their GED test. All you need to do is send proof of the learner’s passing the GED, along with the cost of the test, to your county literacy coordinator. All or part of the cost will be refunded to the learner until budgeted funds are depleted. Funding is made possible thanks to Tinker Federal Credit Union.

For more information, contact:
Cleveland County: Jane Douglass, 701-2682;
McClain County: Adriana Chavez Losoya, 701-2664;
Pottawatomie County: Janie Davis, 273-3334;


Test Your 8th Grade Knowledge!


Several weeks ago NBC Nightly News featured a Bullitt County, Kentucky High School Entrance Exam from 1912. Here are a few of the questions. See how well you do:

  • Adjectives have how many degrees of comparison? Compare good, wise, beautiful.
  • Define longitude and latitude.
  • Tell what you know of the Gulf Stream.
  • Name the organs of circulation.
  • Define cerebrum; cerebellum.
  • Name five county officers and the principal duties of each.
  • What is copyright? Patent right?
  • Describe the Battle of Quebec.

Spelling test: exaggerate, chandelier, antecedent, rhinoceros, synopsis, eccentric.

Online Resources

These websites might give you a few new ideas for your tutoring sessions.


Click on the ‘Free Online Grammar Lessons’ link and explore free, self-paced, basic grammar lessons.


This site, created by the Purdue University Online Writing Lab, has a wealth of online resources for grade levels 7-12. Covers prewriting, developing an outline, paragraphs and paragraphing and much more.


Tutoring Tips

Story Builders

Using a magazine, or a picture dictionary, ask your student to create a story from the scene described. For lower level students the story will be simple. Write down the story they dictate for them to read.

For higher level students, show two somewhat unrelated pictures and ask your student to create a story connecting the two scenes. Their creativity and sense of humor is amazing! Your student can act it out, tell a story, or write a story connecting the two pictures. While he is working on his presentation, write nouns, verbs and phrases he says to use in later discussions. Model any phrases or words where major errors occurred by saying the words or phrases in context, and writing them down.
Basic Literacy Tutor Survival Kit. Evelyn Renner and Associates. 2002.


Book Clubs

Odyssey Book & Conversation Club

PicnicBook: The Faithful Friend by Robert D. San Souci
Date: Tuesday, October 8, 2013
When: 7 - 8:30 p.m.
Location: Norman Library, Room A/B

Set in Martinique, this beautifully illustrated retelling of a traditional West Indies tale tells the story of inseparable friends, the power of love, and Caribbean magic.

New Reader's Book Club


Book: Erika-San by Allen Say
Date: Thursday, October 24, 2013
When: 3 - 4 p.m.
Location: Shawnee Library, Conference Room

Allen Say, winner of the Caldecott Medal for Grandfather’s Journey, weaves a spellbinding story of
Erika’s journey to Japan in search of adventure.


McClain County Classes

English as Second Language
Date: Mondays - Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28
Thursdays - Oct. 10, 24
Time: 7-8 p.m.
Location: Purcell Public Library

Date: Wednesdays, Oct. 8, 15 22, 29
Nov. 5,12
Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Location: Blanchard Public Library

Date: Tuesday & Thursday evenings
Time: 6 - 8 p.m.
Location: Purcell Public Library

GED Class
Date: Wednesdays - Oct. 9, 16, 23, 30
Time: 6-9 p.m.
Location: Purcell Public Library



As always, don't forget to report your tutoring hours for the month. You may report your volunteer hours online, call 701-2682 or email us at

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