Facilitate dynamic learning of literacy standards with teacher-driven lessons

Explicitly teach reading, speaking, and writing skills every day through our skill-based lesson design that leverages engaging, recursive learning routines.

What does effective literacy instruction look like?

Skill-based literacy instruction begins by establishing clear learning objectives and essential questions, ensuring that every aspect of learning is purposeful and focused. Through carefully crafted prompts, students engage in purpose-driven reading, while wordplay activities enhance their critical schema and background knowledge. Central to our approach are student-centered activities and recursive routines designed to foster academic conversations and collaboration. As students move dynamically between groups, they engage with texts for various purposes, deepening their comprehension with each deliberate reread. Within this dynamic learning environment, students not only learn the art of rereading for multiple purposes but also cultivate the habits of mind of good readers and learn how to effectively integrate sources while speaking and writing.
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Quality Instruction

The magic is in the details. Our teacher-driven lessons are pedagogically sound and research-based from start to finish. Students are challenged and supported the entire lesson which leads to higher engagement and accelerated learning.

With our Quality Instruction, you can...
  • deliver impactful Tier 1 support for RTI and MTSS.
  • promote Universal Design for Learning by providing highly structured instruction with diverse ways for students to express new knowledge and understanding.
  • accelerate learning with predictable learning routines, so students can focus on what to learn and not how to learn.
  • ensure students receive explicit instruction in grade-level standards.
  • motivate students with flexible grouping and student-centered activities.
Quality Instruction
Differentiation for All Students

Differentiation for All Students

Our lessons allow educators to address individual strengths and challenges, promoting deeper engagement and understanding. By accommodating various skill levels and interests, students are empowered to develop their literacy skills more effectively and confidently.

With our Differentiation for All Students, you can...
  • support vocabulary and language development with various wordplay activities and individually constructed dictionaries.
  • increase access for various student groups with text summaries, leveled texts, and text-to-speech.
  • confidently deliver designated and integrated language standards with our English Language Connections.
  • enrich learning with our Take it up a notch" opportunities that challenge students to go beyond the standards.
  • promote academic language development with sentence frames that guide students to think in complex ways.
  • easily facilitate pair and small group discussions about text with embedded Pause and Discuss prompts.

Recursive Literacy Routines

Recursive literacy routines establish a structured framework for continuous skill development. By revisiting learning strategies and essential literacy skills regularly, students solidify their understanding and build confidence in their abilities.

With our Adaptive, Recursive Literacy Routines, you can...
  • create confidence in students as they rehearse predictable routines that help them develop new knowledge.
  • encourage metacognitive awareness, enabling students to reflect on their learning progress.
  • provide embedded support for all learners.
  • elevate the multiple intelligences in the classroom (visual, auditory, kinesthetic, interpersonal, and linguistic-verbal).
  • establish effective routines for analyzing prompts, vocabulary knowledge, comprehension reading routines, and writing and speaking routines.
Recursive Literacy Routines
Transferable Skills

Transferable Skills

Our teacher-driven lessons focus on explicitly teaching essential literacy skills and standards. The grade-level reading, speaking, writing, and collaborative skills taught in our lessons can transfer to other classes and lead to future academic success.

With our Transferable Skills, you can...
  • vertically align reading, speaking, and writing standardsto ensure students are building critical skills at each grade level.
  • strengthen students' ability to breakdown complex texts and write about them in sophisticated ways.
  • develop analytical and critical thinking skills essential for text-dependent writing tasks.
  • rehearse and master a research-based reading and writing process that can be used for various academic tasks.

Our Impactful Instructional Practices

High Expectations

Setting high expectations with the appropriate support is critical for engagement, growth, and confidence.

Cognitive Learning

Students can use a strategy independently and strategically when they learn how, when, and why to use it.

Spiraled Instruction

Rehearse skills and gradually increase complexity, accelerating learning through repetition and practice.

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Step-by-Step Teacher Guides

Each lesson carefully guides the facilitation of active learning routines with step-by-step instructions, so teachers feel confident as they deliver powerful literacy lessons. Teacher moves are explicitly stated and strategies for increasing engagement and access for all students are embedded throughout the lesson.

Step-by-Step Teacher Guides
Routine-based Learning

Routine-based Learning

Our recursive learning routines build community among learners and provide structure, allowing students to predict what comes next, reducing anxiety while increasing focus. Each routine provides clear and explicit instructions so students feel confident during each step in the process, cultivating independence and responsibility as they learn to manage their own learning processes. Our routines cater to diverse learning styles through visual, auditory, and kinesthetic methods, aligning with UDL principles to support accessibility and engagement for diverse learners' needs and abilities.

Thoughtful Vocabulary Instruction

Each lesson delivers a word-rich experience that teaches essential, grade-level vocabulary in context. Students begin each lesson learning critical concepts that are critical to the meaning of the text. Through various vocabulary activities like visual representations, skits, and wordplay, students explore and learn new words. Then, students have an opportunity to support their own learning by identifying unfamiliar words in the text they are reading. Our language dictionary defines each unfamiliar word in context and provides additional information to help students understand not only the meaning of the word but also how the word is used.

Thoughtful Vocabulary Instruction
Assign Single Lessons or Units

Assign Single Lessons or Units

Teachers have the flexibility to assign single lessons or themed units.

Assigning a lesson to a class is a snap! Teachers can preview the standards and outcomes for the lesson, review the skills that will be taught, and go through the pre-reading, during reading, and post reading activities. If a teacher wants to teach the lesson, all they have to do is click "Assign to Class."

Students will see the lesson in their Assignments list.

Our Lessons Have 8 Key Teacher Moves!

Our standards-based lessons build students into confident and capable readers and communicators.

Lesson Essentials

Each lesson provides a clear text summary, an essential question (EQ), Lexile reading level, and options for customizing support like turning on embedded discussion questions and text-leveling.

Get Ready to Read

Each lesson begins with a prompt that students analyze. The prompt explains what students should be focused on while reading; and it can be used for text-dependent writing practice and instruction.

Build Vocabulary

There are numerous opportunities to build vocabulary in each lesson. During this step in the process, students study critical concepts and "play" with various grade-level vocabulary words from the text.

Make Predictions

Complete this step before or after our vocabulary activities. Students study the image at the top of the article, read the first and last paragraphs, and make a prediction about the text's topic and structure


Once students mark their prompts, explore vocabulary, and make predictions, they are ready to start a reading comprehsion routine. Our comprehension routines are highly structured and engaging.


Most of our lessons have analytical routines called Reading for Deeper Meaning. These routines ask students to go beyond what an author says and look closely at what an author does in a text.


There are opportunities in each lesson to review key components. There are vocabulary review activities, comprehension questions that we recommend doing in groups, and summary activites.

Reading to Write

Each lesson offers post-reading activities that teach specific writing skills like integrating sources and a text-dependent writing assignment that follows a standards-based process...that we grade!

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Recursive literacy routines that differentiate learning for all students
Standards-based reading and writing skills that transfer across subject areas
Clear instructions for both the classroom teacher and the students
Engaging reading and writing tasks that promote critical and analytical thinking