Spotlight on Teaching Literacy

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Teaching Literacy


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

  • Defining digital literacy
  • Customizing classroom book selections
  • Promoting literacy outside of English class
  • Developing a love of reading among students
  • Questioning the purpose of reading logs

You get the eight articles below in a downloadable PDF.

For educators, digital literacy means much more than learning to read online. Here's a guide to understanding it.
November 9, 2016 – Education Week

Most experts agree that even the very youngest students should be learning with a mix of print and digital texts.
November 9, 2016 – Education Week

Can iPads, social media apps, and digital reading platforms help teenagers better engage with a 500-year-old literary classic?
November 9, 2016 – Education Week

While it deals primarily in print books, a new app presents yet another angle on how digital technology is changing literacy instruction in schools.
November 9, 2016 – Education Week

The common core's lesser-known literacy standards call for teaching students to write, read, and analyze like historians, scientists, or other discipline experts.
November 2, 2016 – Education Week


One of the most fundamental routines in an English or any literacy-based classroom is the practice of reading. So what do we do when we give students a reading task, but we see that real reading is not happening? I'm talking about those moments when it seems like we're stuck repeating directions, redirecting off task behavior, and even struggling to stay focused ourselves. Maybe it's just a wonky moment--or maybe it's time to step back, evaluate what's really going on, and change course.
December 28, 2016 - Teaching for the Whole Story

Reading Logs Suck!
We must be mindful in what we ask students to do on their free time and really make sure it's something worth doing. Do we want them to love reading and spend time doing it because the enjoy it or do we want to monitor their every move and determine how they will interact with text?
November 8, 2016 - Work in Progress

Marc Tucker explores the challenges facing educators in America's high-poverty, low-achievement schools.
November 3, 2016 - Top Performers

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