1. 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.

  2. 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.

  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. 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.

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    Complete "Red Book Series" Focused on Reading Instruction

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

    This binder provides copies of the original "Red Book Series" titles and links to online resources created for today's classrooms. Educators can access basic research about reading, view videos, download lesson plans, and learn how to adapt materials to meet the needs of diverse learners.

     

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

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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.

  9. Understand New Vocabulary Using Roots and Affixes (English 6 Reading)

    • Resource ID: E6RdM1L1
    • Grade Range: 6
    • 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.

  10. Understand New Vocabulary Within Context (English 6 Reading)

    • Resource ID: E6RdM1L2
    • Grade Range: 6
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    You will learn how to use context (e.g., cause and effect or compare and contrast organizational text structures) to determine or clarify the meaning of unfamiliar or multiple-meaning words.

  11. Themes in Literary Texts (English 6 Reading)

    • Resource ID: E6RdM2L1
    • Grade Range: 6
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    You will learn how to infer the implicit theme in a work of fiction, distinguish theme from topic, and make complex inferences using textual evidence.

  12. Honk If You Agree

    • Resource ID: PBS339
    • Grade Range: 3–6
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    In these two lesson plans, students will learn to identify issues of importance, form their opinions, and support those opinions with evidence and reason. They will also learn how to state their feelings in a persuasive manner.

  13. Unforgettable Elephants

    • Resource ID: PBS457
    • Grade Range: 3–8
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    In this video segment from Nature, witness the joy an elephant family experiences when a new baby elephant is born. This birth was a celebration within elephant society. 

  14. 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.

  15. Imagery and Figurative Language

    • Resource ID: E6RdM2L8
    • Grade Range: 6
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    Using textual evidence, you will be able to explain how authors create meaning through stylistic elements and figurative language emphasizing the use of personification, hyperbole, and refrains in prose and poetry.

  16. 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.

  17. Literary Nonfiction

    • Resource ID: E6RdM2L9
    • Grade Range: 6
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    You will be able to identify the literary language and devices used in memoirs and personal narratives and compare their characteristics with those of an autobiography.

  18. Understanding Drama

    • Resource ID: E6RdM2L6
    • Grade Range: 6
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

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

  19. 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.

  20. 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.