• Literacy

Frequent Use Strategy

  • The Literacy strategy focuses on explicitly teaching, modeling, and practicing the cognitive strategies for listening, speaking, reading and writing. Literacy provides students with a foundation for academic achievement, and “becomes the currency of other learning” (Hattie, 2017). Within any content area, Literacy strategies help students grow in their ability to use abstract (linguistic) and concrete (symbolic) representation. The skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing are interwoven and reciprocal in nature. Before students can clearly articulate thoughts, students must first understand what they hear. To read proficiently, they must first listen and speak. To develop the ability to write effectively, students must first talk and read about the topic.

    When using Literacy strategies, the teacher will identify, model, and provide students with frequent, extended opportunities to listen, speak, read, and write in student centered activities requiring students to actively use specific content language. Within this structure, students will first develop understanding, and then communicate meaning.

    Literacy is not assigning independent reading and writing without explicitly modeling the practice of reading and writing. It is not the practice of listening, speaking, reading, and writing, as isolated skills. Literacy is imperative for building deep understanding of any content. Students must learn to understand and use the language of each content area in order to make progress in their learning.

Look Fors

  • The Teacher will…


    • provide opportunities and support for active and purposeful listening through paired and group instructional conversations, whole class discussions, and media. 

    Literacy- Speaking

    • provide opportunities and support for students to engage in appropriate discussions to enhance and support the learning of concepts, skills, and vocabulary.

    Literacy- Reading

    • choose a variety of texts in the grade level text complexity band to read and discuss with students.
    • read aloud to students to model the act of reading, as well as, the thought process that good readers use when reading text.
    • provide supporting resources and protocols for students’ reading to assist them in accessing challenging reading materials

    Literacy- Writing

    • model writing in the narrative, information, and opinion/argument genres and provide students time to practice writing with scaffolding and support.
    • provide timely and specific feedback on students’ writing to increase skill.
    • teach writing strategies using tools such as sentence and/or report frames, the writing checklists, writing rubrics, and writing progressions.
    The Students will…


    •  listen to teachers, media, and to one another in pairs and small groups to develop, evaluate, and respond to reasoning.

    Literacy- Speaking

    • frequently and actively engage in speaking to teachers and to one another in pairs and small groups to develop, evaluate, and respond to reasoning.

    Literacy- Reading

    • read a variety of literary and informational texts that support the AKS.
    • independently read appropriate level texts every day.

    Literacy- Writing

    • write independently daily, with appropriate supports.
    • write for many purposes to make meaning of learning and for personal reflection.


  •  Math ES 1195-2

    Math ES 1195-2

    In this video, the teacher pulls a small group to work with students on extending the pattern through model and practice. Students are asked to make and test predictions.

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  • Math HS 1207-11

    Math HS 1207-11

    In this video, the students work to explain their solutions while the teacher asks follow up questions for clarification.

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  • Math HS 1207-13

    Math HS 1207-13

    In this video, students work to analyze, assess, and communicate their thinking on the math task.

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  •  MATH HS 1207-15

    Math HS 1207-15

    IIn this video, the teacher provides a framework the next steps in the learning for students to collaborate with peers.

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  •  Math HS 1207-3

    Math HS 1207-3

    In this video, the teacher uses images for students to develop noticing and wonderings, which are related to the math concept.

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