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Secondary Literary Instruction

Core Literacy Practices

Core Literacy Practices (PDF)

Students are engaged in learning by

  • Reading and discussing a wide variety of complex texts
  • Citing, analyzing, and evaluating evidence to support claims 
  • Reading and listening with a clear purpose to comprehend and critique ideas
  • Asking relevant questions and using resources to clarify thinking
  • Analyzing patterns of evidence to draw conclusions

Using language to communicate their thinking by

  • Constructing arguments and explanations using clear evidence and reasoning
  • Discussing evidence and claims to explore multiple perspectives and approaches
  • Synthesizing information from multiple sources into new ideas and products
  • Presenting interpretations and ideas in a variety of formats
  • Developing precision with their use of academic language


Visit this space to learn about a free Google App that could enrich literacy.

Read&Write for Google.

Read&Write for Google™ offers a range of powerful support tools to help students gain confidence with reading and writing, including:  

  • Hear words, passages, or whole documents read aloud with easy-to-follow dual color highlighting
  • See the meaning of words explained with text and picture dictionaries
  • Hear text translated into other languages
  • Get suggestions for the current or next word as you type
  • Turn words into text as you speak

Literacy Tips

 Read  for ideas to to promote literacy through community engagement. 

Leadership Lit

 Enjoy a text and some possible discussion questions to use as part of a Professional Learning Community (PLC) or Leadership Team Meeting.

Contact Us

Jaclynn Lightsey, Supervisor, Secondary ELA & Literacy
Rose Marcoux, Administrative Secretary

Professional Literacy Organizations and Resources

International Reading Association (IRA) State of Maryland International Reading Association Council (SoMIRAC) Achieve the CoreThe Common Core State Standards

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