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New standards for ELA call for more rigorous texts in reading, new strategies for vocabulary, writing, and more. Our solutions provide ELA resources to help employ new instructional strategies and techniques to enable your students to not only succeed under the standards, but exceed expectations.

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    Emergent Reading Foundations: Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, and Fluency (K-5)
    Readiness Level: Early Implementation
    Empower your emergent readers and writers with sound, symbol, and sight word skills that will give them confidence in all their literary activities. Discover how to make teaching and learning theses foundational skills fresh, exciting, and interactive with games, centers, projects, and rich literature and informational text. Explore options for differentiation with a variety of materials and tools and techniques and best practices for small group, focused instruction in foundational skill development.

    Striking the Balance: Literature and Informational Text (K-5)
    Readiness Level: Early Implementation
    Explore and practice instructional techniques designed to expose students to a wide range of texts. Discover specific strategies for utilizing rich literature that represents a variety of genres, eras, and perspectives; and for increasing your understanding and use of informational text across all content areas. Explore high-quality titles, including their academic vocabulary and text features, and learn how to incorporate digital versions of texts into your instruction.

    Read the Range: Texts That Will Take You Across R.10 and Beyond (K-5)
    Readiness Level: Early to Intermediate Implementation

    In-Depth Text Types and Features (K-5)
    Readiness Level: Early to Intermediate Implementation
    Learn how text types and features facilitate students’ comprehension of a text. Discover the range and types of text that can be used in instruction and specific strategies for digging deeply into the features that each type incorporates. Examine whole and small group strategies for identifying important features in each text type, teaching students when and how to use them, and reinforcing the use of text features in range of text types across content areas.

    From Remember to Create: Comprehension (K-5)
    Readiness Level: Early to Intermediate Implementation
    Learn how to build deep comprehension of text from the bottom of Bloom’s Taxonomy to the top. Explore whole-group lesson ideas that develop students’ ability to compare, contrast, summarize, paraphrase, and make connections to and between texts. Discover small-group activities and projects which allow students to deepen their comprehension of text read both aloud and alone. Learn strategies and questioning techniques that foster critical thinking in all reader levels and interact with specific titles that can facilitate deeper understanding.

    The Teacher’s Guide to Close Reading (K-5)
    Readiness Level: Early to Intermediate Implementation
    Explore the concept of close reading and how it can assist students in reading and comprehending complex texts. Learn what close reading really is, what it entails, and what it looks and sounds like in whole group instruction and small group activities. Discover strategies for explicitly teaching students how to read a text closely, using close reading strategies with non-traditional text, and how to teach close reading strategies to non-readers and developing readers. Learn the components that make a close-reading lesson effective and tips students can use when reading independently.

    Climbing the Ladder of Complex Texts (K-5)
    Readiness Level: Intermediate to Full Implementation
    Learn what makes a text complex and how you can use such texts with emergent and developing readers. Discover specific strategies for using increasingly complex text in direct instruction, in small groups, and across content areas. Explore ideas for increasing student comprehension of complex text by scaffolding for students who need it.

    How Do You Know? Reading for Evidence (K-5)
    Readiness Level: Intermediate to Full Implementation
    Learn what reading for evidence looks and sounds like in classroom instruction. Explore strategies for teaching students to find evidence in text in the whole group and delve into activities designed to develop those skills in small groups and independent work. Examine examples of text-dependent questions and interact with colleagues to design your own. Investigate ideas for building this skill in all content areas, using a variety of texts.


    What’s New in Narrative Writing? (K-5)
    Readiness Level: Early Implementation
    Learn exactly what the new expectations are for narrative writing and how to best instruct students who are developing this skill. Engage with colleagues as you delve into ideas for teaching the important elements of narrative writing such as character and plot development and using details and clever word choice to convey clear pictures to the reader. Explore lessons that develop writing skills in all learners, regardless of writing acumen, and investigate games, activities, and project suggestions that can teach the craft of writing to every student. Discover engaging narratives to share with students as models and inspiration.

    Empowering All Writers with 6-Trait Writing Instruction (K-5)
    Readiness Level: Early to Intermediate Implementation
    Take advantage of practical introductions to the 6 Traits and suggestions for teaching them to your students. Discover mentor texts that exemplify each trait and understand how to use them to create effective lessons. Learn research-based strategies, activities, and projects designed to make your writers more successful. Explore interactive activities that will help get your students applying the 6 Traits in a variety of writing genres.

    My Point of View: Stating and Supporting an Opinion (K-5)
    Readiness Level: Early to Intermediate Implementation
    Discover the importance of getting students to form and state their point of view, and how this translates into the ability to state and support opinions in writing. Investigate the expectations of the new writing standards and what they mean for classroom instruction. Explore lessons designed to give all levels of writer purposeful opportunities and effective strategies to form, state, and support their opinions in writing.

    Show What You Know: Informative Writing (K-5)
    Readiness Level: Early to Intermediate Implementation
    Explore and practice instructional techniques designed to help students produce a wide range of text that informs or explains, in a variety of formats and across content areas. Discover specific strategies for developing all students’ ability to write with an audience and purpose in mind and to include visuals and other text features in their work.

    Shared Research: Bringing It All Together (K-5)
    Readiness Level: Intermediate to Full Implementation
    Find out exactly what a shared research project looks and sounds like and collaborate on ways to use projects effectively in your instruction in ELA and across content areas. Discover interactive and collaborative ways to expose your students to digital and print resources for shared and independent research. Learn options for teaching them how to create research questions, search effectively, and isolate and organize the information they gain. Explore fun, creative research projects you can do with your students to explicitly teach and practice those researching and reporting techniques and build presentation and listening skills.

    Show Me! Finding and Using Evidence in Writing (K-5)
    Readiness Level: Intermediate to Full Implementation
    21st century standards require that students write using evidence as support for their ideas. Learn techniques for teaching students how to use evidence from texts to draw and support conclusions about point of view, author’s purpose, character motivation, source reliability and more. Discover activities that can help build this skill in emergent, developing, and proficient writers, in both whole and small group settings and across content areas.

    No Tech, Low Tech, and High Tech Strategies for Publishing and Sharing Writing (K-5)
    Readiness Level: Full Implementation
    Whether it’s informational, narrative, or argumentative writing, students need to publish and share their work with others. Explore innovative ideas, formats, and templates that allow students to polish and present a piece of original writing whether you’ve got all the technology in the world or none at all. Discover specific ideas for whole group, small group, and individual writing prompts and projects that all levels of students can create, and the almost endless opportunities for sharing those in-house and beyond.

    Speaking and Listening

    Let’s Talk (and Listen): Speaking and Listening (K-5)
    Readiness Level: Early Implementation
    Learn what the expectations are for speaking and listening instruction in the new standards and the importance of purposefully developing these skills for college and career readiness. Discover ideas for planning for a range of collaborative conversations, developing student skills in asking and answering questions, and taking advantage of incidental speaking and listening opportunities in classrooms each day.

    Collaborative Conversations: Developing Speaking and Listening Skills Through Rich, Relevant Discussion (K-5)
    Readiness Level: Early Implementation
    Give students an opportunity to speak and listen with purpose in mind. Learn what the expectations for listening and speaking are and find out what that can look and sound like in a classroom. Discover how to explicitly teach collaboration and communications skills in whole group lessons using books, verbal prompts, and current events. Explore games, activities, projects, and tasks that offer students opportunity to think, discuss, make decisions, and create together. Learn questioning techniques to use with students that will encourage wider participation and explore options for addressing other standards and strands while developing these skills.

    I Get It! Speaking and Listening Strategies to Increase Comprehension (K-5)
    Readiness Level: Early to Intermediate Implementation
    A classroom where talking is happening is a classroom where learning is happening. Examine the reasons behind getting students to talk through what’s been read and how to structure those conversations to deepen student comprehension. Explore whole group lesson ideas, open-ended questioning examples and techniques, and specific texts you can use to begin developing this habit in your classroom. Interact with small group activities and project suggestions that provide students opportunities to talk about, process, re-create, analyze, categorize, summarize, and paraphrase what’s been read to build a more global understanding of the information shared.

    I Say/You Say: Strategies for Expressive and Receptive Vocabulary Development (K-5)
    Readiness Level: Intermediate Implementation
    Teach listening, speaking and the general academic vocabulary called for in the Common Core State Standards in a way that your students are sure to enjoy. Discover how students learn new words, how to select words to teach, and how to squeeze vocabulary instruction into your busy day, no matter what subject you teach. Learn research-based techniques for using informational and literary text, category word walls, artwork, games, and more to increase vocabulary acquisition and ownership, and reading comprehension levels in your students no matter their reading level or native language.

    It’s What You Say: Using Accountable Talk to Build Speaking, Listening, and More (K-5)
    Readiness Level: Early to Intermediate Implementation

    Let Them Be Heard: Innovative Strategies for Presenting Knowledge and Ideas (K-5)
    Readiness Level: Intermediate to Full Implementation
    Enhancing the way your students share information has never been more exciting! Understand the speaking and presentation expectations brought by the standards and what they mean for your instruction. Discover direct instruction strategies that model and reinforce sharing ideas in a variety of ways, for multiple purposes and audiences, and explore project ideas designed to allow students opportunities to develop and refine their skills for doing so. Investigate templates and formats that will scaffold students’ efforts and discover some easy-to-use digital options that can optimize the information your students want to share.


    Grammar, Usage, Mechanics, Oh My! Teaching the Conventions of Language Without Boring Them (K-5)
    Readiness Level: Early Implementation

    Language Acquisition: Research-Based Strategies for Acquiring Vocabulary (K-5)
    Readiness Level: Early to Intermediate Implementation
    Discover why building all levels of students’ vocabulary early is crucial to their future success as readers and writers. Learn what kinds of vocabulary you should focus on in direct instruction and how to ensure students’ success in acquiring and retaining reading, writing, listening, and speaking vocabulary words. Interact with whole group, small group, and individual lessons, games, and application activities that encourage language development in every level and type of learner, and how interaction with literary and informational text can impact and enhance students’ language skills.

    Words Matter: Building Academic Vocabulary (K-5)
    Readiness Level: Intermediate to Full Implementation
    Learn what the terms surrounding language acquisition in the new standards mean and the importance of developing strong vocabulary skills for college and career readiness. Discover the criteria for selecting words for direct instruction and learn where to find the best sources of rich language to share with your students. Practice strategies to introduce and revisit general academic and domain-specific vocabulary words in each content area with emergent, developing, and non-readers.


    The Reading/Writing Connection: Getting the Most Out of Your Literacy Block (K-5)
    Readiness Level: Early Implementation

    Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum (K-5)
    Readiness Level: Early to Intermediate Implementation
    Learn the powerful possibilities that exist for teaching literacy skills across your curriculum. Discover how to integrate literary and informational text into subject area lessons, and locate and utilize complex texts that correspond with topics and concepts. Explore project ideas for writing narrative and informational texts that connect to your content area instruction, and exchange ideas with colleagues for teaching specific standards and strands in the subjects you teach.

    Text-Dependent Questions for Reading and Writing (K-5)
    Readiness Level: Early to Intermediate Implementation

    Assessment and Intervention

    Formative Assessment and Feedback: Zeroing In on What They Need to Know (K-5)
    Readiness Level: Early to Full Implementation
    Explore and practice techniques designed to make on-going assessment and feedback simple and effective. Identify the concepts and skills that need to be assessed regularly and discover specific strategies for conducting informal assessment on a regular basis. Learn how to utilize those observations to inform your planning, grouping, and instruction. Explore how to give descriptive feedback and why it is critical to student success. Delve into ideas, scenarios, and strategies for providing students with that feedback in a low-risk, high-impact way.

    Summative Assessment Strategies for Success (K-5)
    Readiness Level: Intermediate to Full Implementation
    Understand how effective summative assessment strategies can let every student shine. Determine which skills and concepts need to be assessed and learn the importance of giving a variety of summative assessments to ensure you get a complete picture of exactly what your students know and can do. Discover ideas for preparing students for success on common assessment tasks and for providing them choices of showing what they know. Interact with specific formal assessment strategies that tap into a variety of learning styles and explore how data gained from assessment should form our future planning for both whole and small group instruction.

    Interventions for All (K-5)
    Readiness Level: Early to Full Implementation
    Investigate how interventions can help your students be more successful throughout their school careers. Learn what factors determine who needs intervention services and identify characteristics of successful interventions. Discover specific teacher and student-friendly intervention strategies for both reading and writing, in small groups and individual lessons, which incorporate the use of a variety of materials, tools, and techniques and interact with some options for progress monitoring student gains. Explore simple strategies for reaching struggling students during whole group instruction and how differentiation in direct instruction can decrease the number of students in need of intervention.

    Yes, They Can! Classroom-Proven Strategies for ELLs
    Readiness Level: Intermediate to Full Implementation
    English Language Learners require purposeful, differentiated instruction. Learn specific strategies in every content area for reaching students who are acquiring language. Discover strategies for scaffolding reading and listening comprehension, building strong science, math, and social studies vocabularies, and creating a low-risk environment. Learn to use realia and manipulatives for scaffolding language skills, encouraging verbal and pictorial response, and incorporating small group conversational opportunities for students to deepen their understanding.

    Instructional Strategies

    It’s Not Always About the Content: Noncognitive Skills That Are Essential for Student Success (K-5)
    Readiness Level: Early to Full Implementation
    Students need more than just good academic skills in order to succeed in college and career. Understand what other factors impact a student’s success and how to develop these skills in your students. Discover how to develop traits such as perseverance, self-regulation, and motivation in students, with purposefully planned whole group and small group activities. Explore books whose characters exemplify such traits and games and projects that give students a chance to strengthen and refine their own non-cognitive skills in a low risk environment.

    Power Up: Connecting to Today’s Learner with Effective Technology Strategies (K-5)
    Readiness Level: Intermediate to Full Implementation
    Reaching today’s students can be challenging and exciting. Examine what makes digital natives different from students of other generations and how that can and should inform instruction. Discover teacher-friendly ideas for infusing each part of your day with a little bit of technology, and strategies to move students from consuming technology to creating original work with it. Explore Web 2.0 tools and other technology-laden applications that enhance instruction across content areas. Differentiate your core lessons, and encourage research and creation in your digital natives.

    Differentiated Instruction: Reading Comprehension (K-5)
    Readiness Level: Full Implementation
    Discover effective techniques, management suggestions, and everyday materials that can help you differentiate reading comprehension instruction for the wide variety of learners in today’s ELA classrooms. Learn simple strategies that can be implemented immediately and explore long-term practices for differentiating what students are reading and how they are showing what they know and understand. Interact with lesson ideas for strengthening whole-group listening and reading comprehension instruction, and mini-lesson and small group activities that will reach every learner. Plus, explore comprehension tips and tricks you can teach your students to use when they are reading alone.

    Differentiated Instruction: Writing Strategies (K-5)
    Readiness Level: Full Implementation
    Explore and practice instructional techniques designed to strengthen all students’ ability to become successful writers. Discover specific strategies for utilizing rich literature and informational text to exemplify and develop the practices of good writers and learn whole and small-group strategies and activities for reaching writers at every level of development. Combine writing and drawing and examine a variety of writing formats that appeal to a wide range of learners. Plus, discover simple, effective conferencing techniques and learn how technology can enhance students’ writing and make success possible for more students.

    Managing the ELA Classroom (K-5)
    Readiness Level: Full Implementation
    Discover proven classroom management strategies designed to help you help your students become college and career ready. Explore ideas for establishing rules and routines, building community, and managing new expectations like technology integration. Learn specific strategies for creating a collaborative and creative classroom where you can fit it all in.

    Adding the 4 Cs to the 3 Rs: Creativity, Collaboration, Communication and Critical Thinking (K-5)
    Readiness Level: Full Implementation
    Bring the 3 R’s into the 21st Century. Learn what each of the 4 C’s means and what each can look and sound like in your classroom. Discover ideas for developing creativity, collaboration, communication, and critical thinking skills when you teach reading, writing, and math. Explore inspiring book titles and corresponding projects to use in each subject area, and innovative writing prompts that bridge content. Interact with specific strategies for incorporating not only the 4 C’s, but also reading and writing, into math lessons, as well as other assignments that will get your students energized.

    Job-Embedded Coaching

    Model Lesson
    Readiness Level: Early Implementation

    Side-by-Side Assessment
    Readiness Level: Early to Intermediate Implementation

    Classroom Observation and Coaching
    Readiness Level: Early to Intermediate Implementation

    Small-Group Instruction
    Readiness Level: Early Implementation

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    Katherine McKnight, Ph.D. Katherine McKnight, Ph.D.
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    Katie began her career over 20 years ago as a Chicago public high school English teacher. Today, she is a nationally recognized expert in adolescent literacy, inclusive classrooms, common core standards, and integrating technology in the 21st century classroom. Her work brings her to schools and classrooms all over the United States where she shares proven, practical models and strategies that develop the literacy skills of all students. Katie has published eleven books that offer teaching and learning strategies for engaging all learners in reading and writing for the 21st century.

    Patricia Pavelka Patricia Pavelka
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    Laureen Reynolds Laureen Reynolds
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    Tim Rasinski, Ph.D. Tim Rasinski, Ph.D.
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    Kelly Gallagher Kelly Gallagher
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    Kathy Griffin Kathy Griffin, NBCT
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