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Literacy

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

  • Father and daughter working on homework together at home

    Healthy Parental Support of Student Writing

    Tips from a veteran English teacher on how to coach parents and guardians to support high school students’ growth as writers.
    Christina Baulch
  • Middle school students write at their desks

    How to Promote Strong Writing Skills in Social Studies

    Learning how to write well is essential for effective communication, and students benefit from getting a lot of practice in classes beyond English.
  • High school students writing in classroom

    Developing Better Writers

    Strengthening students’ writing skills means carving out dedicated time for cycles of productive feedback and revision.
    291
  • High school student reading a book while sitting at her desk in a classroom

    Even Older Kids Should Have Time to Read in Class

    If the goal is to develop lifelong readers, students need time in class to practice—and learn to enjoy—reading.
    8.8k
  • Illustration concept showing reading comprehension

    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.’
    37.8k
  • An illustration of the inside of a mind while writing

    Why Students Should Write in All Subjects

    Writing improves learning by consolidating information in long-term memory, researchers explain. Plus, five engaging writing activities to use in all subjects.
    13.9k
  • An illustration of a figure examining data

    The 10 Most Significant Education Studies of 2020

    We reviewed hundreds of educational studies in 2020 and then highlighted 10 of the most significant—covering topics from virtual learning to the reading wars and the decline of standardized tests.
    18.3k
  • A Project-Based Approach to Teaching Elementary Science

    A Project-Based Approach to Teaching Elementary Science

    New research reveals that when science, reading, and math come together in rigorous hands-on projects, student collaboration, engagement, and achievement can soar.
    5.5k
  • Elementary aged girl reading book in school library

    A School-Wide Focus on Choice Reading

    When the staff at an elementary school made fostering a love of reading a priority, they used these strategies to meet their goal.
    3.4k
  • Practicing writing the letter R with a pencil on a worksheet

    How to Teach Handwriting—and Why It Matters

    Teaching young students how to write by hand before moving on to keyboarding can help improve their reading fluency as well.
    49.4k
  • A young boy in a large-striped red and blue polar shirt is sitting at his desk with his head down in a book.

    What Doesn’t Work: Literacy Practices We Should Abandon

    The number one concern that I hear from educators is lack of time, particularly lack of instructional time with students. Although we can't entirely solve the time problem, we can mitigate it by carefully analyzing our use of class time.
    116.6k
  • Mo Willems characters reading

    Mo Willems on the Lost Art of Being Silly

    The author of Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive The Bus! chats with us about creativity, drawing as empathy, and letting kids “do 51 percent of the work.”
    25.7k
  • A teacher reading aloud to his middle school students

    Reading Aloud to Middle School Students

    Hearing books read aloud benefits older students, enhancing language arts instruction and building a community of readers.
    42.1k
  • Group of elementary students reading books on a rug and chairs in their classroom

    An Asset-Based Approach to Supporting English Learners’ Reading Skills

    A look at what English learners need in order to develop the skills and motivation to improve their ability to read in English.
    2.2k
  • Using Driving Questions to Propel Literacy Skills

    Using Driving Questions to Propel Literacy Skills

    When projects begin with a compelling question that students investigate over time, curiosity can spark the drive to read.
    2.5k

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