Literacy

Find and share strategies for helping students read for knowledge, write coherently, and think critically about the written word.

  • Literacy

    Discovering the Depth in Graphic Novels

    Graphic novels can give middle school readers rich opportunities to explore literary themes and conventions.
  • Literacy

    The Unexpected Power of Reading Conferences

    A high school English teacher has a single accountability measure for her students’ choice reading: talking to them about it.
  • Literacy

    Getting Out of the Essay Rut

    Alternative writing assignments can be just as rigorous as the traditional essay and can spark young writers’ creativity.
  • Literacy

    Reading Buddies

    Pairing older elementary students with younger ones for community reading time has benefits for both groups.
  • Social and Emotional Learning

    Life Lessons From Fictional Characters

    Writing dialogues between themselves and literary characters can enhance students’ empathy and ability to deal with hardships.
  • Literacy

    Making the Most of In-Class Book Clubs

    Book clubs bring challenges in class management and assessment, but they can lead to improvements in students’ reading ability.
  • Literacy

    Improving Reading Skills Through Talking

    Partnering on note taking, a strategy developed for struggling readers, helps middle and high school students process what they read.
  • Literacy

    Project: Every Kid Has a Story to Tell

    A video project helps students hone their multimedia storytelling skills, while developing greater self-awareness and empathy for their peers.
  • Mental Health

    Writing to Heal

    Students with trauma in their lives may find that guided memoir writing helps them process and grow from their experiences.
  • Teacher Collaboration

    Collaborating With Your School Librarian

    Ten ways to work with your highly trained colleagues in the library to enhance literacy instruction.