Crossing the Lines

Literacy Across Content Areas at Lanier

Why you should be having them read in YOUR class, even though you're not their reading teacher...

Voluminous Reading (click on the "G" for it to automatically sign you in with your AISD login.)


Real-time collaboration while reading a challenging text helps readers "crowd-source" in order to build understanding. It does NOT, however need to be done INSTEAD of face-to-face conversations.


Instructions for Prism:

  • Read the article linked above.
  • Highlight according to the three facets of thinking...
  • Click "Save Highlights"...
  • Turn and talk with a neighbor...
  • Make changes to your responses (if you have any)...


Reflect using Answer Garden and use this code: 357262. In 20 characters or less, answer the question. You can click on other responses and upvote them, making them bigger. :)

Where Do I Find Texts?

See the Sites!

Take a few minutes to explore the sites and find a few articles you can use in your classroom.


*Also don't forget about your school librarian! If you want multiple books on a certain subject or topic to augment student learning, ask them to bring you a cart on the topic!


This is great for students who finish class work early!

Applying Literacy "Throughout" the Day

Skim the linked article: How could you use it for math, science, government, CTE, health, etc?


Spend some time with your content area team considering how the reading passages and resources can be used in your classroom. What are your best options for using text? How can you fit literacy into your instruction, keeping in mind the district minimum of 20 minutes per week?

Daily Doses of Literacy

  • Model reading and writing in your classroom: Read aloud, encourage reading and writing often
  • Celebrate reading and readers: Offer extra credit or make-up assignments that require reading/writing
  • "Flipwork" information (requires students to read a short text about the next day's topic/lesson so they can build on their comprehension of what you'll be teaching by making connections to what they read)
  • Challenge yourself and your team to think of new ways to include literacy (reading AND writing) in your classroom!

Still have questions?

Email me for the fastest response! I welcome your questions, feedback, and concerns about today's PD as well as using reading in your classroom.


Erika San Miguel,

AISD Instructional Specialist