5 Recommendations: Improving Literacy Instruction in all Subject Areas

By on September 8, 2015

In 2007, a guidance document from the Center on Instruction published five research based recommendations to improve literacy instruction across content areas. This document was one of many resources LiteracyTA used to begin building their literacy skills and teaching tools. In this eCoach, we list the five recommendations for improving literacy instruction in the content areas and provide links to our resources and tutorials to show how we are responding to these important findings. View the report.


Recommendation 1: Provide explicit instruction and supportive practice in the use of effective comprehension strategies throughout the school day.

LiteracyTA’s Response:

Recommendation 2: Increase the amount and quality of open, sustained discussion of reading content.

LiteracyTA’s Response:

  • Provide language stems/starters to help students practice academic talk when speaking about a text. See Analyzing Text-Dependent Prompts for examples of language support.
  • Provide activities and support materials for academic discussions.
  • Provide a Collaborate Tool in our mini-lessons and lesson plans. Teachers can mix groups and call on random students with a click of a button. See below. Our built in timer is also displayed in the image.

Recommendation 3: Set and maintain high standards for text, conversation, questions, and vocabulary.

LiteracyTA’s Response:

LiteracyTA’s philosophy is communicated through our Achievement Triangle. We believe that rigor and support is the key to student success. Our literacy skills and activities challenge students to analyze, evaluate, and synthesize ideas in texts. To support this work, we provide classroom ready presentations for teachers, we offer language supports, models, and give students access to the skills at home and on the go.

Recommendation 4: Increase students’ motivation and engagement with reading.

LiteracyTA’s Response:

Recommendation 5: Teach essential content knowledge so that all students master critical concepts.

LiteracyTA’s Response:

Provide literacy skills in our Skill Library that help teachers explicitly teach reading, speaking, and writing skills so that students can make meaning from the texts they read and master critical concepts.

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Literacy Standards In Action

We've mapped our literacy lessons and reading, speaking, and writing skills to state standards, Common Core, and NGSS. The standards are "the what" to teach. Our lessons are "the how" to meet the expectations defined by the standards. Click on the links below to view our quick reference table that maps standards to literacy lessons.

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