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1 Copyright © 2008 Verizon Foundation. All Rights Reserved. This document may be reproduced and distributed solely for uses that are both (a) educational and (b) non-commercial. Any reproduction or distribution of this document for any other purpose, including commercial gain, is strictly prohibited. Montgomery, Alabama January, 2009 Keith George Alabama State Department of Education

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6 O Free Educational Resources º Standards-based lesson plans º Student & Teacher Materials –Online –Interactive –Offline (printable) º Partner-reviewed Web links O Free Literacy Resources º For literacy instructors º For literacy program staff º For community members º For adults and early childhood learners

7 O Free Educational Resources º Standards-based lesson plans º Student & Teacher Materials –Online –Interactive –Offline (printable) º Partner-reviewed Web links O Free Literacy Resources º For literacy instructors º For literacy program staff º For community members º For adults and early childhood learners

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