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Explore reading basics as well as the key role of background knowledge and motivation in becoming a lifelong reader and learner. Watch our PBS Launching Young Readers series and try our self-paced Reading 101 course to deepen your understanding.
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Browse our library of evidence-based teaching strategies, learn more about using classroom texts, find out what whole-child literacy instruction looks like, and dive deeper into comprehension, content area literacy, writing, and social-emotional learning.
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Many children need extra support to become skilled readers. Learn more about why some kids struggle, what effective interventions look like, how to create inclusive classrooms so every child can thrive, and much more.
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Meet your favorite book creators, launch an author study, browse our themed booklists, get tips on how to choose and use kids’ books, find guidance on building a more diverse bookshelf, celebrate annual literacy events with us, and more!
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Discover how to support your child’s growth as a young reader and writer — with our Reading 101 for Families guide, bilingual parent tips, ideas for building your child’s knowledge of the world, Q&A with experts, and guidance on connecting with your child’s school.
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Dr. Steven Graham, Dr. Louisa Moats, and Dr. Susan Neuman address why writing is important, what the latest research tells us, and what educators and parents can do to support our children’s development as writers.
Actress Vivica A. Fox discusses some of the oddities of the English language.
Learn about invented spelling.
What should a 3rd grader’s writing look like? What elements should it include?
Spelling patterns are easy to learn when they come “alive” for one second grade class.
Using iPads in the classroom excites students and especially benefits ELLs.
The close and credits of Writing and Spelling.
Tina Scholtes teaches first graders a handy spelling pattern that helps them recognize word clusters.
Dr. Louisa Moats discusses the critical role of spelling in reading and writing instruction and explains what teachers can learn about a child’s reading skills from invented spelling.
Watch a sample lesson on teaching irregular words.