Literacy Unlocked

FWISD K-12 Literacy Department - Fall 2022

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Current State of Reading

Reading Comprehension: Product or Process?

Dr. Hugh Catts, Professor of Communication Science & Disorders in the College of Communication & Information discusses the multidimensional nature of comprehension, meaningful instruction, and assessment utilizing reliable methods.

Curriculum Corner

Elementary (K-5)

Amplify Brain Builders Amplify has partnered with The Right to Read Project to create Brain Builders– a free, engaging, student-facing animated video series to help children understand what their brain does in order to read. Brain Builders is an animated video series you can share with your students to help them understand what the brain does in order to read–the first time the Science of Reading has been placed in the hands of students.

Please click here for the updated list of ELAR Amplify materials.


Please click here for the updated list of SLAR Amplify materials.

Middle School (6-8)

You may have noticed that SAAVAS has a NEW LOOK! This new user interface makes finding content much easier than before! Here is a video that highlights navigating myPerspectives. In addition, the NEW User Guide and provides several tools to help teachers navigate the updates. Also, please check out these Vendor Sponsored 1-Hr Webinars!

High School (9-12)

Effective and cohesive writing is a core skill underpinned by the ability to read and think critically. However, since many students dislike writing, short, authentic writing tasks can encourage high school students to compose richer long pieces. Learn how building students’ knowledge about the topic on which they are expected to compose and initially assigning them shorter and more authentic writing tasks worked wonders for this educator. Click here to read more.

Dual Language Supports/Best Practices

In this article seasoned ELL teacher, Suzanne Irujo, synthesizes her own classroom experience and the findings of the National Literacy Panel on Language-Minority Children and Youth to make recommendations for effective literacy instruction of ELL students. Click here to read more.

Language Objectives: The Key to Effective Content Area Instruction for English Learners

Language objectives specifically outline the type of language students will need to learn and use to accomplish the goals of the lesson. Quality language objectives complement the content knowledge and skills in the content area standards and address the aspects of academic language that will be developed or reinforced during the teaching of grade-level content concepts. Click here to read more.
Internalization Support - Side-by-Side ELAR/SLAR TEKS

Horizontal alignment exists between the English/Spanish TEKS, but due to the different conventions of the languages, there are small but noteworthy differences between the two sets of standards that influence the teaching of each language.

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Personal Professional Learning

How much time are you spending in the Learning Zone? Effective professional development builds the knowledge, skills and qualities of teachers to improve the outcomes of their students. When teachers practice and apply new learning, their enhanced knowledge and skills improves their teaching which then enhances their students' outcomes. Participants should select courses that increase teacher efficacy and are directly-aligned to student achievement (and not solely on "flex credit" compliance).

All English Language Arts and Reading professional learning opportunities (in person, synchronous, hybrid, and asynchronous) for grades K-12 are located in STRIVE. Courses are continuously added throughout the school year, based on district literacy needs.
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