Spotlight on Literacy Instruction

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Literacy Instruction


The Education Week Spotlight on Literacy Instruction is a collection of articles hand-picked by our editors for their insights on:

  • Reading at students' "instructional level" and research on "just-right" books
  • Early literacy for English-language learners
  • Using Latin to build students' vocabulary skills
  • Creating authentic reading experiences for resistant readers
  • The need for diversity in children's literature

You get the seven articles below in a downloadable PDF.

More states and school districts are aiming to reach ELLs early as mounting evidence shows that exposure to language instruction boosts young children's odds of stronger academic achievement later on.
May 11, 2016 – Education Week

New learning resources help teachers customize texts, target specific literacy skills, and help all students find their "sweet spot" for learning to read.
January 13, 2016 – Education Week

Students as young as 1st grade are learning Latin and Greek prefixes, suffixes, and bases as a way to build vocabulary skills.
April 13, 2016 – Education Week

Meaghan Hanrahan Dobson, an English teacher at an alternative high school, says schools do a disservice to struggling students by denying them opportunities for authentic reading experiences.
April 13, 2016 – Teacher

Positive and diverse representations of nonwhite characters in children’s books are essential for all kids, writes Alvin Irby.
February 17, 2016 – Education Week

In their efforts to break down reading skills, many schools have forgotten that for kids to learn to read fluently, they need opportunities to become immersed in books, writes Justin Minkel.
December 29, 2015 – Teacher


Literacy expert Timothy Shanahan says the idea that students should mainly read texts at their "instructional level" simply isn't backed by research.
July 6, 2016 - Curriculum Matters

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