Comprehensive Literacy

Effective Balanced Literacy For All Learners

Transitions Literacy Network Smore

If you're looking for further resources for grades 7 to 9, please check out our Transitions Literacy Network Smore.

Paying Attention to Literacy

Six Foundational Principles for Improvement in Literacy, K-12

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A Guide to Effective Instruction in Reading K-3

Adolescent Literacy Guide

The Adolescent Literacy Guide is an excellent resource for Grades 7-12 teachers.

It's important to keep in mind the workings of the teenage brain. You can access more information by clicking on "The Adolescent Brain". Note how the brain is divided up. Very interesting!

First Steps Literacy Resources

The First Steps resources are provided by the Australian Department of Education and provide a wealth of information to assist in the planning of literacy activities that are aligned with our Ontario Language Curriculum. All resources are free and downloadable.
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Video: Dr. Allan Luke on Critical Literacy

Dr. Allan Luke 6 Critical Literacies

Capacity Building Series: Critical Literacy

Read through the Critical Literacy monograph for strategies such as "Problem Posing", "Juxtaposing", and "Switching" to promote a critical perspective.

What Works? Research into Practice Series: Promoting Critical Literacy across the Curriculum and Fostering Safer Learning Environments

Read through Promoting Critical Literacy across the Curriculum and Fostering Safer Learning Environments for strategies to integrate literacy through Social Studies, Science and Mathematics.

Importance of Teaching Critical Literacy

With the stream of online information, critical literacy must be at the forefront of literacy instruction. The following hoax for "The Wave" demonstrates this importance of critical literacy and can be used to teach students how to decipher what is real and what is not.
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The First 20 Days of Independent Reading

Guiding Readers and Writers, Teaching Comprehension, Genre, and Content Literacy from Fountas and Pinell.

There is also a First 20 Days for Intermediate students.

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Collecting Assessment Information using CASI

CASI Reading Interest Form (Office 365)

CASI Reading Interest Form (Google Drive)

Using an online tool you can have students complete interest inventories and surveys more quickly to gather your data for reading instruction.

Modeled Reading/Read Aloud/Think Aloud Strategy

Using context clues through a modeled/read aloud. Watch as the teacher "thinks aloud" to model the strategy to her students.


Newsela is a web-based app that provides high-interest articles that can be adjusted to 5 different reading levels, allowing students to read the same content, but at their reading level.

Shared Reading using a Cloze Technique

The cloze technique can be used as an assessment to "for" learning to collect information about how students are using contextual cues to make meaning of the text.
Shared Reading Using Cloze

Using Videos to Model Comprehension Strategies

ON THE WAY TO SCHOOL Trailer | TIFF Kids 2014

Using DPCDSB e-Resources

Students and teachers can access Library e-Resources through the DPCDSB website.

Guided Reading in the Junior Classroom

Guided Reading

Anecdotal Guided Reading Form

Anecdotal/Observations Form (Office 365)

Anecdotal Form (editable) (Google Drive)

You can use an online tool to record your observations during Guided Reading and next steps for instruction.

Reading Conference during Independent Reading

Reading Conference Critical Literacy

Differences and Similarities between Independent and Silent Reading

Taken from "Guiding Readers and Writers, Teaching Comprehension, Genre, and Content Literacy", Fountas and Pinnell

Comprehension Strategies in Reading

Six Thinking Hats Activity

Using the Six Think Hats strategy is a great critical thinking activity that can be used in all other curriculum areas.

Click on the link below (Primary Discussion Paper) for videos highlighting reading strategies and word study.


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Word Study Continuum

The word study continuum is taken directly from the Ontario Language Curriculum and serves as a possible way of organizing the teaching of words and grammar from grades 1 through 8.


Using Digital Technologies to Support Word Study Instruction

The Ministry of Ontario has provided a monograph detailing the purpose and importance of word study instruction. Also in the Monograph are various technologies and websites that are recommended for instruction and reinforcement of word study skills.