Powerful Literacy Practices
Use literacy-based assignments to support the learning of literacy and content standards
Teachers who adopt powerful literacy practices advance students’ reading, writing, speaking and listening skills and content achievement.
In every discipline, literacy-based assignments require students to read grade-level or higher texts and demonstrate their understanding of those texts in classroom discussions and a range of written products.
This quick-reference guide presents examples of teacher and student behaviors and learning artifacts found in classrooms that embrace six powerful literacy practices:
The literacy-based assignment includes an authentic written product in which students cite evidence from reading complex texts that are aligned to the depth of knowledge of the standards.
The lesson sequence supports or scaffolds the learning of literacy and content standards through explicit instruction.
Clear and measurable learning targets are established and communicated to the students and assessed by the teacher.
Literacy strategies or mini-tasks involving reading, writing, speaking and/or listening are embedded into lessons to support the learning of skills and content.
Student discourse is integrated to support student ownership of learning.
Formative and summative assessments are used in all aspects of the learning process.