Quick Start: How Can I Use This Course?

"Unlocking The Roadmap to Literacy" is set up so you can take as much (or as little) as you need. The goal is to create, deliver, and assess a balanced and effective language arts curriculum. As we go, I will explain more about what that means.

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There are 15 numbered sections in "Unlocking The Roadmap to Literacy," but the first 12 are the heart of the course. Each section is self contained, and each section builds from the one before. That means that you can do the entire course in order--or jump around and take just what you need. It is up to you.

Think of "Unlocking The Roadmap to Literacy" as either a 12-course meal for you to savor and enjoy at a leisurely pace OR as a fast-food restaurant where you can eat and run.

If You Would Like to Understand The Roadmap to Literacy

If you would like to understand the book and how this process works, take each of the first 12 sections in order. There are quizzes at the end of each section so you can check your understanding.

If You Need to Get up and Running--NOW!

If you need to figure out how to use The Roadmap to Literacy fast, do the Quick Start in each section of this course. (Please note: The Quick Start is usually the first lesson in each section, but not always.) Then focus on Section 8: Options for Using The Roadmap to Literacy. It will show you various ways to use the book.

The Sections in "Unlocking The Roadmap to Literacy"

This course contains 15 numbered sections, each of which contains individual lessons. The first 12 (in red below) are the heart of the course: they explain how to use The Roadmap to Literacy. These sections contain a quiz at the end so you can check your understanding of key points before moving on. They can be divided into themes. Each theme contains a check in to show where you are in the course. The last three sections (in blue below) are support material for the course:

The Five Phases of Learning to Read and Spell

1.Introducing The Roadmap to Literacy

2.What is a "Roadmap" to Literacy?

3.How the Phases Developed (Thesis) and Using Them to End the Reading Wars

Check in #1

The Steiner-Waldorf Curriculum

4.Roadmap and Rudolf Steiner

5.Roadmap and the Steiner-Waldorf Curriculum

Check in #2

What to Teach

6A.Introducing the 16 Aspects of Language Arts

6B.Phonics Rules

7.Categorizing the 16 Aspects of Language Arts

Check in #3

How to Plan a Curriculum

8.Options for Using The Roadmap to Literacy

9.How to Plan a Curriculum

Check in #4

How to Assess and Remediate

10.How to Assess

11.How to Help Struggling Students

Check in #5

Environmental Education (Home Surroundings)

12.Environmental Education (Home Surroundings): The Key to Transitioning to Grades 4-8 and the Sequel

Check in #6 (Review of the Entire Roadmap to Literacy Program)

13.Professional Development: Material for Faculty Study or Book Study


15.Questions and Answers

16.Keep Learning with Renewal of Literacy

Check Ins

To make the course more manageable, I have inserted six check ins. Think of the check ins as rest stops where you can pause your journey and review the course map. I tell you where we have been and what is coming next.


The last four sections of the course provide additional resources to help you use the course--including professional development.

Please note that section 14: Resources contains the following:

  1. a glossary for unfamiliar terms
  2. a troubleshooting guide if you have technical issues with the course.

What To Do If You Need Additional Help

This course is designed to introduce The Roadmap to Literacy and help you get up and running.

This introduction will suffice for some teachers; however, others will want additional training in one or more aspects of language arts and/or mentoring. Both options are available:

I added plugs for related courses throughout the course. Note: If you purchased a bundle of courses for The Roadmap to Literacy, you already have these courses available to you. For example,

Bundle Keys to Literacy Capacities contains 3 courses

I also include plugs for mentoring. You can always reach out for help if you need it. (See below.)

Finally, I share options at the end of the course for those who would like to partner with Renewal of Literacy® to bring this information to more people.

Enjoy the journey!

Jennifer Militzer-Kopperl, author of The Roadmap to Literacy Books

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