1. Tone is in the Fear of the Beholder: Reading and Writing Using Multimodal Mentor Texts

    • Resource ID: DL0001
    • Grade Range: 5–12
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    This resource is a demonstration lesson presented at the 2014 Write for Texas Summer Institute. It provides a snapshot of a four to five week unit that engages students in the reading and writing workshop model.

  2. Teaching Sentence Skills

    • Resource ID: TSS0000
    • Grade Range: 5–12
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    This resource series is designed to enhance teachers' knowledge and skill so they can effectively teach grammar in context. Teaching grammar in context uses powerful models like sentences within mentor texts, rather than marking errors and correcting weak or wrong examples. 

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    Texas Adolescent Literacy Academy Administrator Overview

    • Resource ID: OTALAADMIN
    • Grade Range: 5–9
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    The Texas Adolescent Academy Administrator Overview is designed to prepare school leaders to implement a schoolwide approach to reading intervention consistent with a response to intervention, or RtI, model. 

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    Write for Texas Overview Video

    • Resource ID: W4TX0000
    • Grade Range: 5–12
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    This resource links to the Write for Texas online resources and includes a short video overview.

  5. Beginning Reading Instruction

    • Resource ID: REDBK1
    • Grade Range: K–12
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    This resource outlines the components of research-based programs for beginning reading instruction and is for all educators who want to learn more about how to support beginning reading instruction in students of all ages. Links to videos, handouts, and sample lesson plans are included.

  6. Promoting Vocabulary Development

    • Resource ID: REDBK2
    • Grade Range: K–12
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    This resource outlines the components of vocabulary development. Links to videos, handouts, and sample lesson plans are included.

  7. Comprehension Instruction

    • Resource ID: REDBK3
    • Grade Range: K–12
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    This resource outlines the components of research-based programs for reading comprehension instruction and is for all educators who want to learn more about how to support reading comprehension for students of all ages. Links to videos, handouts, and sample lesson plans are included.

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    Relative Adverbs | No Nonsense Grammar

    • Resource ID: PBS341
    • Grade Range: 3–7
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    A relative adverb is a word that talks about a place, time, or reason for something. Remember the three "w's": where, when, and why.
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    Using the Correct Verb Tense | No Nonsense Grammar

    • Resource ID: PBS357
    • Grade Range: 3–8
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    Verb tense is used to show when an action occurs, whether it is in the past, the present, or the future.

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    Using the Present Progressive Tense | No Nonsense Grammar

    • Resource ID: PBS387
    • Grade Range: 3–7
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    Present progressives describe an action in progress, or something that started in the past and is still happening. It is formed with the helping "to be" verb in the present tense and the present participle of the verb.

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    Edison: Boyhood and Teen Years

    • Resource ID: PBS401
    • Grade Range: 3–8
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    Find out how young Thomas Edison’s curiosity got him into trouble, and how, during his teen years, he lost his hearing but gained confidence as an aspiring inventor, in this video adapted from AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: Edison.

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    Understanding Poetry

    • Resource ID: E6RdM2L7
    • Grade Range: 6–8
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    You will learn the importance of graphical elements (e.g., capital letters, line length, word position) in the meaning of a poem.

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    Linguistic Roots and Affixes (English II Reading)

    • Resource ID: E2RdM1L1
    • Grade Range: 10
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    You will be able to recognize linguistic roots and affixes to use in determining the meaning of academic English word and in other content areas.

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    Point of View and Tone (English II Reading)

    • Resource ID: E2RdM3L5
    • Grade Range: 10
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    You will be able to evaluate connections between forms of narration (unreliable narrator, omniscient, etc.) and tone in works of fiction.

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    Annotate and Analyze a Paired Passage: Practice 1 (English II Reading)

    • Resource ID: E2RdM3P1
    • Grade Range: 10
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    You will read and annotate paired texts in order to make inferences, draw conclusions, and synthesize ideas and details using textual evidence.

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    Capitalization (English II Writing)

    • Resource ID: E2WrM8L6
    • Grade Range: 10
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    You will learn proofreading techniques to use in checking for correct capitalization.

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    Spelling (English II Writing)

    • Resource ID: E2WrM8L8
    • Grade Range: 10
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    You will learn proofreading techniques to use in checking for correct spelling.

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    Grammar (English II Writing)

    • Resource ID: E2WrM8L9
    • Grade Range: 10
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    You will be able to edit for correct grammar.

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    Strategies for Editing: Practice Lesson 1

    • Resource ID: E2WrM8P1
    • Grade Range: 10
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    You will proofread and mark errors in spelling, capitalization, and punctuation.

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    Effective Introduction and Conclusion and Variety of Sentence Structures (English II Writing)

    • Resource ID: E2WrM2L1
    • Grade Range: 10
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    You will be able to write effective introductions and conclusions with a controlling idea or thesis, using a variety of sentence patterns.