ZAP Class 6-8

Curriculum for Character and Literacy

  • Build Study Skills
  • Strengthen Character
  • Practice Literacy Skills
  • Teach Critical Thinking
  • Work in Teams to Solve Problems

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LiteracyTA's ZAP elective offers the perfect balance of skill-based instruction and character education. Students at all levels need academic support to reach their specific goals, and since all students are growing and developing as people, they also benefit from character lessons that teach confidence, independence, and a positive self-image.

Here are some of the highlights of the ZAP class.

  • College and Career Readiness-aligned literacy curriculum.
  • Literacy skill activities that guide students as they learn and master reading, speaking, and writing skills.
  • Practical student materials for reading, speaking, and writing about texts.
  • Character curriculum that teaches students how to be resilient, adaptable, gritty, solution oriented, and forward thinking.
  • Team building activities with debrief questions to teach thoughtful reflection.
  • Study Skills
    • Practical processes for reading and writing.
    • Habits of Mind reading and writing skill tutorials.
    • Skills for analyzing performance task prompts.
    • Skills for analyzing multiple-choice questions.
    • Approaches to note taking that help students identify and organize essential ideas during lecture and reading tasks.

Data/Results Driven curriculum: Student Growth Model

  • ZAP Coaches use skill rubrics to assess student performance.
  • ZAP Coaches use skill performance rubrics and other school-wide measurements to drive curricular decisions.
  • Students use Success Trackers adapted from Marzano’s student growth model to track their progress.


  • Online lessons that can be accessed in class, at home, and on the go on any device.
  • Mobile device friendly student materials, mini-lessons, and curriculum that support one-to-one/BYOD initiatives.
  • Student-centered, project based learning with Google Apps.
  • Activities and assignments that leverage technology to enhance and improve public speaking.

ZAP--Zero in on Attitude and Performance--is an elective class that is offered as part of the regular school day. The ZAP elective is used in 6th grade wheels (all students go through the class at different times of the year), as a success course grades 6-8, and as an advanced course to better prepare students for high school GATE and honors curriculum. Additionally, schools may elect to use the ZAP elective as part of an after school program, giving much needed structure and purpose to these types of programs. Lastly, ZAP is a great place to incorporate their character education lessons and character keys right into the ZAP class.

We have developed a presentation to deepen your understanding of the ZAP elective and to help you share this with your grade level and administrative teams. 


 Teachers Enjoy

  • Easy Implementation
    • Teachers gain access to the award winning online TA (Teacher Assistant). Teachers can use the online TA to access and build CCR-aligned lessons, differentiate instruction, develop project based/student centered lessons, and share skills and lessons with their students long after the school day is over.
    • Each ZAP class comes with twelve engaging lesson plans (and access to hundreds more) that follow Marzano and Danielson’s frameworks for effective instruction.
    • Lesson plans and skill mini-lessons--all part of the TA membership--connect teachers to language supports, practical student handouts, and skill rubrics to assess students’ growth.
    • The online lesson plans work seamlessly with the Literacy Skills Activity Books, giving teachers visual support for each lesson.
    • Although a certain level of autonomy exists in the ZAP class, the CCR-aligned curriculum provides a clear structure and direction for the teacher.
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