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What Works Clearinghouse

This guide offers five specific recommendations to help educators identify struggling readers and implement evidence-based strategies to promote their reading achievement.

Topic: Evidence-based, Interventions

The PACER Center

Learn about tools to help your child with reading and writing.

Topic: Dyslexia

Doing What Works

This organizer was used by a third-grade teacher to teach the compare and contrast nonfiction text structure. It includes filled-in student examples, sections for recording similarities and differences, and clue word comparisons. Watch the presentation Compare-Contrast Graphic Organizer: A Whale Is Not a Fish to see how this tool is used.

Topic: Comprehension

Doing What Works

Faith Giddens, curriculum planner and testing coordinator, describes how secondary school staff collaborates to design interventions based on assessment results, team reviews of student work, and data-driven success plans. View the sample material, Planning for Student Success.

Topic: Interventions, Professional Development, Screening

National Institute for Literacy

This booklet shares family common goals about literacy for their children along with actions to take that match the goals.

Topic: Beginning Reading

University of Oregon's Center on Teaching and Learning

This webpage gives an overview of the Five Big Ideas in Beginning Reading.

Topic: Beginning Reading

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Use this Screening passport to learn about the importance of developmental Screening and monitoring, and track and monitor developmental milestones with your doctor.

Topic: Identification

Reading Rockets

Read descriptions of specific activities that involve blending and segmenting sounds; includes activities for whole-class, small-group, and individual instructional contexts.

Topic: Phonemic Awareness

The Center on Instruction

This document provides research-based guidance on academic literacy instruction in the content areas. It is intended for use by literacy specialists and other technical assistance providers in their work with states to improve educational policy and practice in adolescent literacy.

Topic: Comprehension, Vocabulary

Doing What Works

Watch how a third-grade teacher uses partner sharing to help her students discuss questions about what they are reading. She supports her students' talk by laying the groundwork for effective collaboration and providing supportive structures. For more details, view her lesson plan, Third-Grade Buddy Talk Lesson.

Topic: Comprehension