Educators are responsible for creating and cultivating best practices in literacy instruction. What is taught, and more importantly, how it is taught, will leave lasting impacts on students both in and out of the classroom. Access these resources to support literacy instruction.
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Writing – Vanessa Hayes
Vanessa Hayes, Preston County Schools Writing Coach, Grades K-8, discusses components of writing and demonstrates how they can be taught in the classroom.
Memory Strategies for Students: The Value of Strategies
Provides a sampling of strategies to help students enhance their learning experiences.
10 Key Writing Policies and Practices for All Schools
Comprehensive collection of “by the end of __ grade, students can___”
A Classroom Scenario
Interview with Dr. Curtis, who describes what good vocabulary instruction would look like in a classroom. Addresses the need for explicit instruction and multiple practice opportunities.
Comprehension – Lauren Arvon
Lauren Arvon, a third-grade teacher at Spring Hill Elementary, discusses different components of comprehension and demonstrates how they can be taught in the classroom.
Vocabulary – Crystal Wheeler
Crystal Wheeler, a fifth-grade teacher at Village of Barboursville Elementary, discusses different components of vocabulary and demonstrates how they can be taught in the classroom.
Phonics: Phoneme Segmentation – Kimberly Hunt
Learn how to teach phonics in the classroom from Kimberly Hunt as she provides a demonstration of phonics through phoneme segmentation.
Literacy Lifelines for America’s English Language Arts Teachers | Fordham Institute
Learn more about choosing appropriately complex texts, building knowledge, close reading, expanding vocabulary, and scaffolding to give all students access to grade-level text.
Griffith, D., & Northern, A. M. (Eds.). (2018). Literacy Lifelines for America’s English Language Arts Teachers.
Fluency: Jessica Espinosa
Jessica Espinosa, a third-grade teacher at Martin Elementary School, discusses different components of fluency accompanied by examples of fluency instruction.
Phonics: Sound Correspondence – Paige Roush
Learn how to teach phonics lessons in the classroom from Paige Roush as she provides a demonstration of phonics through sound correspondence.
Phonological and Phonemic Awareness: Amber Nichols
Amber Nichols discusses a few components of Phonological and Phonemic Awareness and demonstrates how to implement them in the classroom.
Ready, Read, Write, West Virginia – Campaign Introduction
Ready, Read, Write, West Virginia is an initiative created by the West Virginia Department of Education to increase literacy proficiency for all students. It is rooted in research and based on the belief that students can learn to read proficiently with effective reading instruction.
The Science of Reading for Educators
Student Support & Well-being Coordinator Christy Schwartz explains what the Science of Reading is from an educator’s perspective.
Science of Reading: Defining Guide (E-Book)
Use this free download and learn more about The Science of Reading. Explore scientifically-based research and evidence of how reading is processed in the brain.
At a Loss for Words: How a Flawed Idea is Teaching Millions of Kids to be Poor Readers – Emily Hanford | apmreports.org
Learn more about the history of The Science of Reading, the dangers of “Balanced Literacy” and “3-cueing” and why “The Reading Wars” are over.
The Settled Science of Teaching Reading | Collaborative ClassroomDownload Resource
Ramirez Stukey, M., Fugnitto, G., Fraser, V., & Sawyer, I. (2020). The Settled Science of Teaching Reading. Alameda, CA: Center for the Collaborative Classroom.
Free video resource for teachers to support modeling the correct letter sounds. Using correct pronunciation of the 44 phonemes in the English alphabet is critical when teaching our youngest learners.
The Science of Reading: Evidence for New Era of Reading Instruction – Laura Stewart | zaner-bloser.com
Learn more about choosing appropriately complex texts, building knowledge, close reading, expanding vocabulary, and scaffolding to give all students access to grade-level text. Whitepaper by Laura Stewart, National Director of The Reading League
Sing Around the World: Teaching Reading and Mindset Skills through Music | Waterford.org
Learn the benefits of music when teaching reading
Understanding and Teaching Reading Fluency in Your Classroom | Waterford.org
Learn five fluency activities for elementary students.
Developing Fluent Readers | readingrockets.org
Discover ideas to teach beginning readers to become fluent, maintain on-level fluency, and improve fluency for struggling readers.
Writing Instruction in the Era of Higher Standards Unbounded – Judith Hochman
Common misconceptions and how to fix them when teaching writing in an integrated classroom.
Writing to Read: Evidence for How Writing Can Improve Reading | Carnegie Corporation of New York
Use this in-depth report to substantiate and support your instructional practice in demonstrating how writing can improve reading.
ELA Writing | PBS Kids Learning Media
High Quality, free lesson plans and resources for writing.
Should We Teach Students At Their Reading Levels? – Tim Shanahan
Shares research on why we should not be teaching with leveled texts.
Reading Between the Lines | ACT Report
Learn more about student difficulty with reading tests and the importance of teaching with challenging grade-level texts.
Teaching Oral Reading Fluency to Older Students | readingrockets.org
Read this short article about the importance and efficacy of having older students engage in Oral Reading Fluency.
Reading Foundational Skills | PBS Kids Learning Media
High-quality, free lesson plans and resources for teaching foundational reading skills that will assist you with engaging emerging readers.
Science of reading | International Dyslexia Association
Discover how the science of reading affects dyslexia.
Knowledge Matters Campaign
Compelling easy-to-read information on why knowledge is a pillar of the Science of Reading.
Guide to Building Knowledge and Accessing Prior Knowledge from CCSSO
Use this helpful, in-depth list of resources to build knowledge and vocabulary as well as assist with accessing prior knowledge.