I was watching the San Diego Padres baseball game last night and witnessed another painful loss.

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Students need to practice reading, speaking, and writing skills every day in every class. With limited skill knowledge, students struggle to read and write in all subject areas and stay dependent on the teacher. Teaching essential, state-aligned literacy skills empowers students with the skills they need to advance. 

Here are some literacy skills we want to teach in all classes.

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At LiteracyTA, we believe the achievement gap includes any student who does not reach his or her academic goals, not just struggling readers and writers. If a student has a vision or dream for his or her schooling, we want that dream to become a reality.

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LiteracyTA’s Achievement Triangle is a simple visual that explains how rigorous curriculum and well planned support can lead to student success. To bridge the achievement gap, teachers should raise their expectations for reading, speaking, and writing tasks and increase text complexity. Assigning more complex tasks and texts is only one part of the formula.

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What causes the achievement gap? Although there are many factors that can contribute to a student falling behind (lack of parental support, poor nutrition, and low teacher expectations to name a few), research tells us that gaps form when support is not given as tasks and texts become more challenging.

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