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READING AND WRITING LEARNING PROGRESSIONS
Need a way to spot potential student learning gaps?
Reading comprehension and written composition are reciprocal processes. Explicit instruction that integrates reading and writing supports an enhanced literacy experience. Each of these skills develop through a learning progression taught in first-time instruction or revisited through intervention.
Region 4 offers these two guidebooks to help teachers identify where their students are in the continuum of reading and writing. And, importantly, these guidebooks provide information on where teachers should take their instruction to help students progress positively along that continuum. Download a flyer for these resources here.
This resource is a guidebook for reading, with a focus on students in Kindergarten through Grade 5. Developed to be concise and compact, Pathways to Reading Comprehension provides teachers easy-to-use instructional targets in the areas of phonological awareness, word analysis, levels of fluency, facets of vocabulary, and comprehension skills. Each section features a continuum on the development of the skill, which provides guidance on where to begin instruction and how to build toward effective reading comprehension. A set of 5 guidebooks is available for $20. ORDER ONLINE
SHOW ME HOW, USING MENTOR TEXT TO GUIDE READERS AND WRITERS
Improving students’ comprehension of informational text and composition of expository essays.
Show Me How’s sequential lessons, which follow the gradual release of responsibility instructional framework, connect the interrelated roles of reading and writing. Its mentor texts teach strategies and skills that students can apply to both reading and writing expository texts. Available for grades 3–5 and grades 6–7 | $350 per grade set. ORDER ONLINE
Informational texts to support Show Me How
Can be used in conjunction with Show Me How: Using Mentor Text to Guide Readers and Writers in Grades 3, 4, and 5 or as a stand alone resource to teach informational text structures. $50. ORDER ONLINE
Click here for a list of the structures, titles, and reading levels of the essays included on the CD.
SHOW ME HOW, GRADES 3-5: POETRY
Deepen understanding of poetry through reading and writing.
This resource focuses on connecting the interrelated roles of reading and writing in poetry. Teachers will use poetry as mentor texts to teach strategies and skills that students apply in their reading and writing. The sessions follow the gradual release of responsibility framework in the context of a reading and writing workshop environment. Sessions are divided into units that teachers can use as a starting point or complete unit of study. $125. ORDER ONLINE | Download a sample.
This resource incorporates multigenre pieces, thematically linked to seamlessly align to the STAAR platform for assessments. Each module is creatively crafted to inspire inquiry, discussion, and ongoing reflection, offering added-value enrichments through technology, research, listening, speaking, and study skills. STELLAR provides relevant scaffolding options for diverse learners and gifted and talented students and includes summative and formative assessment options and suggestions for extensions that support authentic literacy experiences. Available for grades 4–8 and English I–III. $50 per grade level. ORDER ONLINE | Samples
Explore multigenre modules linked to seamlessly align with high school writing assessments.
Modules are crafted to inspire inquiry, discussion, and ongoing reflection, offering added-value enrichments through technology, research, listening, and speaking. STELLAR Essay Writing provides relevant scaffolding options for diverse learners and includes suggestions for extensions that support authentic writing experiences.$100 per copy. ORDER ONLINE | Download a sample
DECONSTRUCTING COGNITIVE COMPLEXITY IN THE READING/LANGUAGE ARTS CURRICULUM: INFORMATIONAL GUIDE
Unwrap the TEKS for planning lessons that meet the cognitive demands of the reading/language arts curriculum.
Learn how to critically analyze a standard to determine the skills, reasoning, and strategic thinking necessary for students to achieve mastery of an expectation through practical examples and step-by-step instructions. This information will help educators better understand the standards beyond “the verb” to help students achieve the cognitive demands of the reading/language arts curriculum. Set of 5 for $25. ORDER ONLINE
ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS AND WRITING TEKS CHARTS
TEKS at a glance: Time-saving Texas curriculum tool
Each TEKS Chart is a foldout with prepunched holes that fit into a three-ring binder. All of the English language arts/reading TEKS for K–8, English I–IV, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), and English Language Development and Acquisition (ELDA) are captured in their own charts. These charts can be used to highlight TEKS by unit or reporting category or to easily examine vertical alignment. Grade levels available: kindergarten–grade 8, English I–IV, ESOL I–II, and ELDA. Set of 10 for $20. ORDER ONLINE
Accelerates the learning of students who are at risk of failure or who need additional literacy support. It includes instructional components that can effectively transition struggling readers to actively engaged students who read and comprehend text independently by promoting word-recognition strategies, vocabulary development, and reading fluency. Available for grades 4–5 and middle school volumes I–III. Also available in Spanish for Grade 5. $625 per grade level.