1. 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.

  2. Synthesize Ideas in Informational/Expository Text (English 7 Reading)

    • Resource ID: E7RdM3L3
    • Grade Range: 7
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    You will learn how to synthesize and make logical connections between ideas within a text and across two or three texts representing similar or different genres and to support the findings with textual evidence.

  3. Synthesize Ideas in Informational/Expository Texts (English 6 Reading)

    • Resource ID: E6RdM3L3
    • Grade Range: 6
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    You will learn how to synthesize and make logical connections between ideas within a text and across two or three texts representing similar or different genres (including literary text) and support the findings with textual evidence.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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

  14. Make Inferences in Informational/Expository Texts (English 7 Reading)

    • Resource ID: E7RdM3L2
    • Grade Range: 7
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    You will learn how to use different organizational patterns as guides for summarizing and forming an overview of different kinds of expository text while distinguishing factual claims from commonplace assertions and opinions.

  15. 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.

  16. Summarize Informational/Expository Text (English 6 Reading)

    • Resource ID: E6RdM3L1
    • Grade Range: 6
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    You will learn how to summarize the main ideas and supporting details in text and understand that a summary does not include opinions.

  17. Make Inferences in Informational/Expository Text (English 6 Reading)

    • Resource ID: E6RdM3L2
    • Grade Range: 6
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    You will be able to explain how different organizational patterns (e.g., proposition and support, problem and solution) develop the main idea and the author’s viewpoint.

  18. Linguistic Roots and Affixes (English I Reading)

    • Resource ID: E1RdM1L1
    • Grade Range: 9
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

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

  19. Denotation and Connotation (English I Reading)

    • Resource ID: E1RdM1L2
    • Grade Range: 9
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    You will be able to distinguish between the denotative (dictionary) meaning of a word and its connotative (emotions or associations that are implied rather than literal) meaning.

  20. Reading to Learn Academy, Grade 5 Additional Resources

    • Resource ID: RTLA_G5_AR
    • Grade Range: 5
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    Grade 5 additional resources