Move students forward with literacy skills!
Our Skill Library empowers educators with high-level reading, writing and speaking skills that support the teaching of academic literacy skills across content areas.

Each literacy skill page offers practical student handouts, support tools, assessment rubrics, and mini-lessons that can be displayed digitally with our Zoom Presentation Deck. Each mini-lesson comes with teacher tips and teaching methods to help educators get started today.

To best use this resource, begin with an end in mind. What do you want your students to know and be able to do? Use your learning targets to guide the skills you explicitly teach and rehearse in class. The Skill Library helps educators deliver effective, student centered literacy instruction that is academically rigorous.

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Working with Non-Fiction

Working with Non-Fiction

Develop students' ability to identify claims, work with evidence, analyze arguments, and synthesize multiple sources.
Working with Fiction

Working with Fiction

Develop students' ability to analyze characters, examine story structure, and evaluate narrative techniques in literature and poetry.
Writing Center

Writing Center

Develop students' ability to write clearly and objectively for various situations through a process of planning, drafting, and revising.
Speaking & Listening

Speaking & Listening

Develop students' ability to engage in various types of academic discussions and present ideas both formally and informally.
Skill Practice Leads to Strategic, Independent Students
Our number one goal is to create independent students. If we want students to develop skill knowledge and use that knowledge independently, we should provide multiple opportunities throughout the year for skill practice.

When selecting skills to practice, consider focusing on 3-5 skills at a time. This will allow you to slow down and spend the time needed to explicitly teach each skill.

To get you started, we have identified the top 10 literacy skills that will help students practice what good readers, writers, and speakers do. These skills will help students become active readers and writers who predict, question, analyze, and synthesize information. As students practice these and other skills in our Skill Library, they "train their brains" to slow down and read with greater depth and understanding. Our Top 10 Literacy Skills will empower and build your students' confidence.

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Skill-Based Lesson Planner
Skill-Based Lesson Planner
Our digital skill-based lesson planner can help classroom teachers build Common Core, text-based lessons in less than 20 minutes. Natalie will help you every step of the way to ensure you build an effective lesson. Share your lessons with your students and other LiteracyTA members. Let's get planning!
Skill-Based Instruction
Skill Instruction
In this section, we help educators place skills at the center of teaching and learning. Our approach to lesson design and our teaching practices are practical and effective. Learn more about skill-based instruction, the LTA Environment, and our 10 Instructional Moves for a skill-based lesson.
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We make practicing skills easy and fun for our teachers and students!

Skill Guides

Confidently teach high-level literacy skills with our "how to" instructional guides.
Skill Guides

Skill Activities

Practice literacy skills every day with engaging activities and practical handouts.
Skill Activities

Skill Supports

Support and scaffold skill development for all students with effective language resources.
Skill Supports

Skill Rubrics

Evaluate student work and provide quality feedback in seconds with easy to use rubrics.
Skill Guides

Grades 3-12

Move all students forward with our elementary, middle, and high school student resources.
Grades 3-12

Student Presentation

Quickly transform any literacy skill in the Library into an engaging student presentation.
Student Presentation

Skill Instructions

Facilitate effective skill instruction with our classroom tested teaching and learning practices.
Skill Instructions

Send it Home

Students can access the literacy skills they are learning in class 24/7 at home or on the go.
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