Find and share strategies for helping students read for knowledge, write coherently, and think critically about the written word.
Creating Quick Poetry Lessons for Early Elementary StudentsOpportunities to use poetry to develop students’ literacy skills can pop up across the curriculum all year long.157
Teaching High School Students Active Reading SkillsWhen students shy away from reading-centered tasks, teachers can help learners actively engage with texts in ways that help them retain information.
Tips to Help Students With Their HandwritingThese simple tricks to improve motor skills can empower young learners to feel more in control of their handwriting.
Using Movement to Teach VocabularyWhen students explore new words through movement, they understand them better, retain them longer, and feel more empowered to use them.6.7k
The Role of SEL in Developing Reading SkillsBuilding strong social and emotional learning skills can help set the stage for students to become better readers.251
Is it Time to Drop ‘Finding the Main Idea’ and Teach Reading in a New Way?Some schools are changing the way they teach reading—based on research that shows background knowledge is more critical to comprehension than general skills like ‘finding the main idea.’54.2k
A Different Approach to Teaching AnnotationAnnotation ‘rules’ can zap students’ natural curiosity, but building a culture of observation encourages them to ask questions.1.2k
25 Essential High School Reads From the Last DecadeWe asked members of our community to share recently published novels they would love to have read in high school. Here are your top picks.9.7k
Phonics Is Critical—but True Literacy Requires MoreTo improve literacy rates in the U.S., reading expert Timothy Shanahan says we need to stop looking for silver bullets and instead invest in teaching a much broader range of skills.3.1k
How to Teach Handwriting—and Why It MattersTeaching young students how to write by hand before moving on to keyboarding can help improve their reading fluency as well.56.5k
4 Reading Strategies to Retire This Year (Plus 6 to Try Out!)A look at a few popular literacy practices that shouldn’t make the cut—along with fresh strategies that experienced teachers and literacy experts recommend instead.23.7k
5 Ways to Support Students Who Struggle With Reading ComprehensionThese strategies can help students who are able to decode well but have difficulty understanding what they read—and they’re beneficial for all students.41.5k
Squats, Lunges, and PhonemesAdding movement to reading lessons reinforces key concepts and helps fidgety students concentrate.6.9k
Creating Videos to Explore Literary AnalysisMaking a short video can be a powerful opportunity for students to explore a reading in a different way from writing an essay.316
Reading Aloud to Middle School StudentsHearing books read aloud benefits older students, enhancing language arts instruction and building a community of readers.43.5k