We hope you enjoyed our October lessons on Visual Summary. This next set of lesson plans add a close reading skill that will help students summarize argument and informational texts.

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The national literacy standards (often referred to as the College and Career Readiness standards) argue that text complexity is key to students' success on college aptitude tests like ACT and SAT, in college courses, and at work. The standards call for teachers to increase text complexity, but what does that mean?

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Every year there are topics that tend to grab the nation's attention. These topics can be political, religious, social, or cultural. The purpose of this eCoach is to connect you to 10 popular topics in 2015-2016 and show you how LiteracyTA can assist you in developing lessons around these topics.

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For the past four years, LiteracyTA has produced online tools, classroom resources, and professional development that support excellent teaching practices. We believe (and research shows) that the classroom teacher has the greatest impact on student achievement. This is what we care about: improving student achievement so that all students can realize their dreams.

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