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.
Practice skills every day in every class!
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.
Top 5 Reading
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!
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.