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. Building Blocks for Teaching Adolescents with Reading Difficulties

    • Resource ID: BB0000
    • Grade Range: 5–12
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    This online resource is designed to enhance teachers’ knowledge and skills so they can effectively teach adolescent students who struggle with reading.

  3. 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. 

  4. Understand New Vocabulary Using Roots and Affixes (English 7 Reading)

    • Resource ID: E7RdM1L1
    • Grade Range: 7
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    You will learn how to determine the meaning of grade-level academic English words derived from Latin, Greek, or other linguistic roots and affixes.

  5. Explain the Influence of the Setting on Plot Development in Literary Text/Fiction (English 7 Reading)

    • Resource ID: E7RdM2L3
    • Grade Range: 7
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    You will learn how the setting in a story can influence the development of the plot.

  6. Analyze the Development of Plot through Characters in Literary Texts/Fiction (English 7 Reading)

    • Resource ID: E7RdM2L4
    • Grade Range: 7
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    You will learn how the internal and external responses of characters, including their motivations and conflicts, contribute to the development of the story’s plot.

  7. Analyze Point of View in Literary Texts/Fiction (English 7 Reading)

    • Resource ID: E7RdM2L5
    • Grade Range: 7
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    You will learn how to analyze different points of view, including first person, third-person omniscient, and third-person limited.

  8. Understanding Drama (English 7 Reading)

    • Resource ID: E7RdM2L6
    • Grade Range: 7
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    You will learn how to explain a playwright’s use of dialogue and stage directions.

  9. Understand New Vocabulary Within Context (English 7 Reading)

    • Resource ID: E7RdM1L2
    • Grade Range: 7
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    You will learn how to determine or clarify the meaning of words using context within a sentence and in larger sections of text.

  10. Understanding Poetry (English 7 Reading)

    • Resource ID: E7RdM2L7
    • Grade Range: 7
    • 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.

  11. Describe Themes in Literary Texts (English 7 Reading)

    • Resource ID: E7RdM2L1
    • Grade Range: 7
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    You will learn how to describe multiple themes in fiction, analyze how place and time influence the theme, and make complex inferences.

  12. Imagery and Figurative Language (English 7 Reading)

    • Resource ID: E7RdM2L8
    • Grade Range: 7
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    You will be able to identify figurative language and understand how it creates imagery, appeals to the senses, and suggests mood.

  13. Make Connections Between and Across Literary Texts (English 7 Reading)

    • Resource ID: E7RdM2L2
    • Grade Range: 7
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    You will learn how to make connections between and across texts, including other media (e.g., film, play), and provide textual evidence.

  14. Literary Nonfiction (English 7 Reading)

    • Resource ID: E7RdM2L9
    • Grade Range: 7
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    You will learn how to describe the structural and substantive differences between an autobiography or diary and a fictional adaptation of it.

  15. Summarize Informational/Expository Text (English 7 Reading)

    • Resource ID: E7RdM3L1
    • Grade Range: 7
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    You will learn how to evaluate a summary of the original text for accuracy of the main ideas, supporting details, and overall meaning

  16. Evaluate Graphics in Informational/Procedural Text (English 7 Reading)

    • Resource ID: E7RdM3L4
    • Grade Range: 7
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    You will learn to explain the function of the graphical components of a text and evaluate graphics for their clarity in communicating meaning and achieving a specific purpose.

  17. Evaluating and Interpreting Media (English 7 Reading)

    • Resource ID: E7RdM4L1
    • Grade Range: 7
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    You will learn how to interpret messages and various techniques in media and evaluate how media influences or informs audiences.

  18. How to Write a Personal Narrative (English 7 Writing)

    • Resource ID: E7WrM1L1
    • Grade Range: 7
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    You will learn prewriting strategies in order to write with a clearly defined focus for your narrative.

  19. Write a Personal Narrative (English 7 Writing)

    • Resource ID: E7WrM1L2
    • Grade Range: 7
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    You will write a personal narrative that has a clearly defined focus and communicates the importance of or reasons for actions and/or consequences.

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    Using Reading and Writing to Support Learning Across the Content Areas

    • Grade Range: 5-12
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    This resource presents instructional writing and reading practices that support the content area learning of adolescent learners.

    The Write for Texas guiding principles of effective writing instruction, developed for all teachers across disciplines, focus on building every student's understanding and ability to read, write, and think like experts—historians, mathematicians, scientists, and literary critics.