1. Texas Adolescent Literacy Academy Tier I: Content Area Instructional Routines to Support Academic Literacy

    • CPE credit is 9
    • Subject: ELA & Reading
    Texas Adolescent Literacy Academy Tier I builds knowledge and skills so teachers can effectively support the development of reading skills in adolescent students. The strategies presented in the course promote the implementation of effective reading instruction for all students across all content areas. Participants who successfully complete all modules and the assessment will earn nine CPE credits.
  2. Texas Adolescent Literacy Academy Tiers II & III: Assessment and Instructional Routines for Reading Intervention

    • CPE credit is 10
    • Subject: ELA & Reading
    The Online Texas Adolescent Literacy Academies (TALA) prepare middle school teachers to design appropriate instruction for all students, including those who struggle with reading due to limited English proficiency, learning disabilities, dyslexia, and other risk factors for reading difficulties. This series of resources (Tiers II & III) includes a diagnostic and progress-monitoring instrument along with guidance for intensive interventions targeting the needs of struggling adolescent readers.
  3. Planning a Draft

    • Resource ID: TXLS032
    • Grade Range: 1
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    Students will employ critical thinking skills to order details logically and become more effective at communicating their ideas to readers. The lesson will guide students to use critical thinking in the planning phase of drafting to purposefully include details that interest readers.

  4. Traditional vs. Contemporary: "The Three Little Pigs"

    • Resource ID: TXLS007
    • Grade Range: 2
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    Students will compare a contemporary version of "The Three Little Pigs" to a traditional version with respect to characters, setting, and plot. In a small group, students will analyze story elements on a t-chart to determine which parts of the stories are the same and which are different.

  5. How Authors Develop Complex Yet Believable Characters in Drama by Contrasting Characters

    • Resource ID: TXLS003
    • Grade Range: 9
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    The students will identify characteristics of characters from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, explain why the characters are foils to each other, and use text evidence to support their understanding.

  6. Main Idea

    • Resource ID: TXLS009
    • Grade Range: 5
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    Students will identify supporting details and the main idea in a passage.

  7. Adventures in Inferring

    • Resource ID: TXLS002
    • Grade Range: 1
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    Students will infer the message the author is trying to convey using schema and evidence from the text. Readers use this strategy, known as making inferences, to think about what they are reading.

  8. Sparking Curiosity and Wonder: Making Complex Inferences

    • Resource ID: TXLS022
    • Grade Range: 9
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    Students will learn how to activate their curiosity and use questioning strategies to make complex inferences and connections across texts.

  9. Outlining Our Memory

    • Resource ID: TXLS058
    • Grade Range: 1
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    Students will compare a silly short story to a detailed story from a previous lesson. Then, they will write a rough draft/outline about a memory using details and transition words.

  10. TPRI Kindergarten Administration

    • CPE credit is 3
    • Subject: ELA & Reading
    In this course, you will learn the purpose of the Texas Primary Reading Instrument (TPRI), discover when and how to administer the TPRI, and practice giving parts of the assessment. The course explains what is included in the TPRI kit and what it assesses.
  11. TPRI Grade 1 Administration

    • CPE credit is 3
    • Subject: ELA & Reading
    In this course, you will learn the purpose of the Texas Primary Reading Instrument (TPRI), discover when and how to administer the TPRI, and practice giving parts of the assessment. The course explains what is included in the TPRI kit and what it assesses.
  12. TPRI Grade 2 Administration

    • CPE credit is 3
    • Subject: ELA & Reading
    In this course, you will learn the purpose of the Texas Primary Reading Instrument (TPRI), discover when and how to administer the TPRI, and practice giving parts of the assessment. The course explains what is included in the TPRI kit and what it assesses.
  13. Rhyming

    • Resource ID: TXLS013
    • Grade Range: K
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    The teacher will model how to recognize rhyming words by hearing them, seeing them, reading them, and writing them. Then the students will practice hearing, seeing, reading, and writing “at” word family words.

  14. Context Clues Are Out of This World!: Using Inference and Sentence-Level Context to Teach Unfamiliar Word Meanings

    • Resource ID: TXLS015
    • Grade Range: 3
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    The teacher will introduce context clues using visuals by reading the book Baloney (Henry P.) by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith. Then, students will use textual evidence to find the meaning of unfamiliar words via direct teach and group collaboration.

  15. A Reader’s Survival Guide: Connecting and Synthesizing Ideas in Nonfiction Texts

    • Resource ID: TXLS024
    • Grade Range: 6
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    This lesson is designed to teach students to synthesize and make connections between ideas within a text and with previous texts students have read.

  16. Exploring Identity and Diving Deep into the Complex Meaning of Poetry

    • Resource ID: TXLS023
    • Grade Range: 10
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    This lesson is designed to teach students to make complex inferences, choose specific text evidence that strongly supports the inference, and develop a coherent explanation of how the evidence strongly supports the validity of the idea within the genre of poetry.

  17. Zoom Out: Overlapping Context Clues and Semantic Gradients Through Manipulating Context

    • Resource ID: TXLS016
    • Grade Range: 3
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    This lesson will scaffold students into the reading strategy of finding textual evidence. They will be able to “zoom out,” or read before and after the unknown word, to construct meaning using context.

  18. Texas Middle School Fluency Assessment: Administering and Interpreting Results

    • CPE credit is 6
    • Subject: ELA & Reading
    This course details how to score and interpret the results of the Texas Middle School Fluency Assessment (TMSFA). This course is Unit 4 of the Texas Adolescent Literacy Academy (TALA).
  19. Revising Sentences

    • Resource ID: TXLS013A
    • Grade Range: K
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    Students will revise a simple sentence by copying it on a series of sticky notes and adding new words using glitter pens and star-shaped sticky notes.

  20. Revision Rally

    • Resource ID: TXLS048
    • Grade Range: 2
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    Students will use the ARMS (add, remove, move, and substitute words and phrases) revision strategy to revise a procedural passage.