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

    Beginning Reading Instruction

    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.

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

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

    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.

    • Resource ID: REDBK4
    • Grade Range: K–12
    • Subject:

    Content Area Reading Instruction

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

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

    PBS Learning Media Unforgettable Elephants

    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. 

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

    PBS Learning Media Edison: Boyhood and Teen Years

    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.

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

    Comprehension Instruction

    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.

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

    Promoting Vocabulary Development

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

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

    logo Write for Texas Overview Video

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

    • Resource ID: E8RdM4L1
    • Grade Range: 8
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    OnTrack logo Find Connections Across Texts Including Other Media

    You will learn how to evaluate the role of media in focusing attention on events and informing opinions on issues as well as techniques used to create point of view, and how this impacts the audience.

    • Resource ID: E8RdM1L1
    • Grade Range: 8
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    OnTrack logo Understanding New Vocabulary within Context

    You will learn how to find the meanings of words through analogy and other word relationships.

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

    OnTrack logo Understanding Poetry

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

    • Resource ID: E8WrM1L1
    • Grade Range: 8
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    OnTrack logo Writing Literary Text with an Engaging Story Line

    You will learn how to write an imaginative story that sustains reader interest and includes well-paced action, an engaging story line, and a believable setting.

    • Resource ID: E8WrM1L8
    • Grade Range: 8
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    OnTrack logo Write a Persuasive Text with a Clear Thesis

    You will learn how to write a persuasive text that includes a clear thesis with a position.

    • Resource ID: E8RdM2L5
    • Grade Range: 8
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    OnTrack logo Poetic Forms

    You will learn how to compare and contrast the relationship between the purpose and characteristics of different poetic forms.

    • Resource ID: E8RdM2L7
    • Grade Range: 8
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    OnTrack logo Characters and Staging in Drama

    You will learn how playwrights characterize their protagonists and antagonists through the dialogue and staging of their plays.

    • Resource ID: E8WrM3L7
    • Grade Range: 8
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    OnTrack logo Spelling

    You will learn strategies to help you edit your writing for correct spelling.

    • Resource ID: E8RdM2L10
    • Grade Range: 8
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    OnTrack logo Simile and Metaphor

    You will learn how to explain the effect of similes and extended metaphors in literary text.

    • Resource ID: E8WrM3L5
    • Grade Range: 8
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    OnTrack logo Capitalization

    You will learn strategies to help you edit your writing for correct capitalization.

    • Resource ID: E8RdM3L5
    • Grade Range: 8
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    OnTrack logo Evaluate Graphics in Informational/Procedural Text

    You will learn how to evaluate graphics for their clarity in communicating meaning and achieving a specific purpose.

    • Resource ID: E8RdM3L3
    • Grade Range: 8
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    OnTrack logo Synthesize Ideas in Informational/Expository Text

    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 support with textual evidence.