Literacy Ready


Literacy Ready
Ready for Reading in All Disciplines

This course utilizes a disciplinary literacy approach that teaches students strategies for reading and understanding complex texts in different subject areas. Students learn to develop and defend ideas from textbooks and write about them in college-level formats for English, history and biology. The unit structure conforms to the framework of the Literacy Design Collaborative, which addresses college- and career-readiness standards.

The course consists of eight units, with three units in English and language arts, three units in history and two units in science. Discipline-specific content is at the forefront of the curriculum, and literacy skills specific to each discipline are emphasized in the reading and writing assignments.

Literacy Ready Outline 

  • English Unit 1: Informational Text: The Shallows, by Nicholas Carr
  • English Unit 2: Fictional Text: Ubik, by Philip K. Dick
  • English Unit 3: The Dream’s The Thing: A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Literary Criticism
  • History Unit 1: The Civil Rights Movement
  • History Unit 2: The Cuban Missile Crisis
  • History Unit 3: The Vietnam Conflict
  • Science Unit 1: Nutrition
  • Science Unit 2: DNA and Biotechnology

Schools may select either unit 2 or unit 3 for ELA and history after teaching unit 1. The recommended sequence of units is as follows: English Unit 1, History Unit 1, Science Unit 1, English Unit 2 or 3, History Unit 2 or 3, Science Unit 2.


What Teachers Are Saying
About Literacy Ready

“I absolutely loved the idea of them going to their timelines to supply context! What a great idea. Usually I am spoon feeding them background knowledge, but this was genius!”

“The cartoons were great, and knowing something about the cartoonist really hit home for sourcing!”

Publication 20181 page

Literacy Ready
Ready for College

SREB’s Literacy Ready course for the senior year of high school is designed to prepare students who aren’t yet ready for college literacy. This flyer presents a quick overview of the English, history and science units in the course.


Publication March 201910 pages19v06w

Literacy Ready – Three Years of Evidence

This study examines three years of data collected from 15 schools in three states that implemented Literacy Ready.

As part of SREB’s suite of Readiness courses, Literacy Ready was designed to help seniors master literacy skills before transitioning from high school to postsecondary education and the workplace and avoid costly remediation at the postsecondary level.