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Our Comprehensive Literacy Framework

High-quality instruction begins with an outstanding instructional framework. Scholastic Professional’s Comprehensive Literacy Framework enables educators to expand their professional understanding within a key instructional area.

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    Strengthen Oral Language Skills

    Effective educators address language proficiency for academic success through integrated language arts, continuous assessment, and a deep appreciation for the rich and varied cultural and linguistic experiences their students bring to class. Students learn to control language as they use it to read, write, and discuss.

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    Scholastic Solutions

    Services

    • The ABCs of Emergent Literacy
    • Early Literacy: Oral Language
    • Comprehension Clubs: Getting Started

    Results

    • Supports young children’s language and literacy development, which sets the stage for strong reading and writing skills later in life.
    • Develops the basic processes that oral language and written language share, such as lexical, syntactic, and interpretive.
    • Invites children into extended discourse that promotes understandings beyond the here and now.
    • Builds reading comprehension, which depends on language abilities that begin developing at birth.
    • Promotes basic vocabulary and grammar, which are essential to comprehension.
    • Values emerging bilinguals’ native language, recognizing that a strong foundation in that language promotes school achievement in English.
    • Provides emerging bilinguals with many meaningful opportunities to talk, read, and write in English, while recognizing that learning a new language also means learning a new culture.
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    Build Foundational Language Skills

    Effective educators address the language proficiency and particulars, such as spelling, punctuation, grammar, and sound-letter relationships, that all students must control for academic success.

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    Scholastic Solutions

    Services

    • The Pre-A Reader
    • Early Literacy: Addressing the Whole Child
    • Building Academic Vocabulary

    Results

    • Helps children learn the alphabetic principle—and the names and sounds associated with printed letters.
    • Helps children develop phonological awareness and the ability to detect, manipulate, and analyze the auditory aspects of spoken language (including the ability to distinguish or segment words, syllables, and phonemes).
    • Strengthens students’ abilities to apply written conventions such as spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
    • Expands students’ vocabulary and conceptual knowledge, which is best accomplished through voluminous reading—children learn thousands of new words incidentally through reading.
    • Recognizes that 90 percent of the words in a text are drawn from 4,000 simple word families; the remaining 10 percent arise from just over 300,000 words in the English language.
    • Encourages extensive independent reading, understanding that the sophisticated skills demanded by high-level academic or professional work can only be acquired through years of avid reading.
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    Share Interactive Read Alouds

    Effective educators engage students in rich text talk before and after reading aloud, as well as during the reading at a few thoughtfully chosen stopping points. By doing that, they extend students’ understanding by analyzing every text together. Additionally, effective educators demonstrate phrased, fluent reading while helping students build their content knowledge and vocabulary. As a result, students also learn about genre, author’s style, literary and craft elements, and text structure.

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    Scholastic Solutions

    Services

    • Interactive Read Alouds
    • Comprehension Clubs: Interactive Read Alouds and Book Clubs
    • Comprehension Clubs: Getting Started

    Results

    • Develops a literate classroom culture and shared language around books.
    • Builds a collection of mentor texts that can be used repeatedly for instruction.
    • Enables all students to access and enjoy the rich language of complex texts, even if they can’t yet read the texts themselves independently.
    • Refines students’ understanding of text—genre, format, literary elements, and text structures and features.
    • Demonstrates how reading works.
    • Introduces quality children’s literature, fiction and nonfiction.
    • Increases students’ attention span and listening skills, bolsters vocabulary and conceptual knowledge, and develops comprehension strategies and story schema.
    • Demonstrates fluent reading and reinforces phonological awareness and phonics.
    • Fosters a lifelong love of reading.
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    Practice Guided Reading

    Effective educators continually monitor, assess, and instruct in small, flexible guided reading groups, helping students build their reading power—a network of “strategic actions”—so they can read grade-level text and above independently. At the core of guided reading is a staircase of increasingly complex texts organized by levels. At the beginning of a guided reading lesson, educators introduce vocabulary and establish key goals; students read independently for 8 to 10 minutes; after reading, educators ask text related questions to assess students’ comprehension and apply new knowledge.

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    Scholastic Solutions

    Services

    • ABCs of Guided Reading
    • Guided Reading: Differentiation in Middle School ELA
    • Guided Reading: Lesson Planning 101

    Results

    • Places students on an accelerated course to reading with accuracy, fluency, and comprehension.
    • Offers a “just right” challenge that helps each student advance as an independent reader.
    • Ensures that, every day, students read texts that are within their control, given the strategies and knowledge they have.
    • Provides the support students need to stretch their skills as a reader, with increasingly challenging, conceptually rich, complex texts.
    • Fosters strategic reading of teacher-selected unfamiliar texts.
    • Provides direct instruction in problem-solving reading strategies.
    • Receives close instruction in individual reading challenges.
    • Teaches comprehension strategies, academic vocabulary, and all the skills students need to take off as proficient, confident, independent readers.
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    Promote Independent Reading

    Effective educators never skip a day of independent reading! Every day, they invite their students to read self-selected fiction and nonfiction at school and at home. As a result, students practice reading in a smoothly orchestrated way—and strengthen their reading power and stamina in the process. Educators confer with students, celebrating their accomplishments while monitoring, assessing, and teaching.

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    Scholastic Solutions

    Services

    • Building a Culture of Independent Reading
    • Student Independence: Management and Centers
    • How to Conference with Students about Reading

    Results

    • Helps each student develop a sense of self as a reader who enjoys reading.
    • Expands and refines knowledge of the world.
    • Assists students in orchestrating fluently multiple skills and strategies.
    • Builds strategic problem-solving skills.
    • Offers opportunities to practice comprehension strategies.
    • Builds a robust vocabulary.
    • Deepens analytical prowess and an ability to talk and write about text.
    • Enhances social-emotional skills.
    • Realizes innumerable academic benefits to students.
    • Helps students discover their identities, expand their understanding of the world, and develop empathy for others.
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    Promote Independent Writing

    Effective educators work inside a writing block or writing workshop where they assign both short- and long-term writing pieces. Quickwrites, short essays, journal entries, and responses to literature exemplify the shorter pieces; longer, extended pieces, such as inquiry-based research projects, may last several weeks. Students write, confer with the educator and peers, revise, and create multiple drafts before publishing a final copy.

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    Scholastic Solutions

    Services

    • Traits Writing Implementation
    • Building Academic Vocabulary
    • Unlocking Complex Text Through Gradual Release

    Results

    • Helps each student develop a sense of self as a writer who enjoys writing.
    • Promotes writing across modes—narrative, informational, and argumentative (opinion).
    • Encourages writing for a variety of purposes, for a variety of audiences, and across genres.
    • Helps students learn to apply confidently the traits, or elements, of writing: ideas, voice, organization, sentence fluency, word choice, conventions, and presentation.
    • Helps students view writing as our most potent thinking tool.
    • Prompts students to use writing as a gateway to deep thinking about ideas, drawing on their own knowledge and experience.
    • Helps students use writing as a tool for reflection: to organize and integrate ideas and consolidate and reformulate thinking.
    • Helps students tap their creativity and strengthen their ability to compose.
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    Encourage Purposeful Reading and Writing

    Effective educators understand that learning to read and write intensifies when students are driven by personally meaningful questions, search for real answers, and share their work with a real audience. Students learn to select specific text types and formats to fulfill their purposes for writing and/or presenting, usually focusing on particular content area, such as science or social studies.

    tab image

    Scholastic Solutions

    Services

    • Close Reading: Using Text-Dependent Questions and Text-Based Answers when Reading Complex Texts
    • Unlocking Complex Text Through Gradual Release
    • Traits Writing Implementation

    Results

    • Promotes students’ engagement in hands-on inquiry.
    • Helps students develop a curious stance in the world—and engage in ambitious questioning.
    • Fosters critical thinking and problem solving.
    • Entices students to read and write for explicit reasons and for audiences beyond the teacher.
    • Encourages students to reflect on and document what they are learning.
    • Encourages students to write clearly and convincingly, rereading, revising and editing their work as needed because they are sharing it with a real audience beyond the classroom door.
    • Helps students realize that their own reading and writing are powerful—and may affect the world around them.
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    Integrated Reading and Writing

    Effective educators understand that reading and writing work best when one process fuels or informs the other. Reading inspires young writers by introducing them to great ideas, demonstrating author’s craft, and improving their ability to think critically and analytically. What’s more, reading high-quality, culturally responsive literature exposes students to models of outstanding writing.

    tab image

    Scholastic Solutions

    Services

    • Unlocking Complex Text Through Gradual Release
    • Close Reading: Using Text-Dependent Questions and Text-Based Answers when Reading Complex Texts
    • Building a Culture for Independent Reading

    Results

    • Sends a message that reading and writing are reciprocal acts, with each informing the other.
    • Helps students read to learn, write to learn, and make meaning in the process—the primary goal of instruction.
    • Realizes the benefits of writing about text, which are both abundant and profound—and mirror the kind of thinking we want our students to do when they are reading.
    • Acknowledges that reading and writing are mutually supportive language processes that work together to support learners.
    • Enables students to be explicit about text evidence—by capturing in writing information from their reading.
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    Engage Families and the Community

    Effective educators understand that involving parents in their children’s education strengthens the links—among the home, school, and out-of-school programs—that ensure consistent learning and positive developmental outcomes. Children need literacy-building experiences inside and outside school. Increasing access to books boosts reading motivation and performance.

    tab image

    Scholastic Solutions

    Books

    Services

    • Engaging Families in Learning Throughout the Year
    • Redesiging Family Engagement — The Essential Ingredient
    • Designing Family Engagement Events

    Results

    • Embraces the Dual Capacity Framework and establishes effective family-school partnerships that support children from cradle to career.
    • Provides the information and support families need as they strive to support their children academically.
    • Builds the collective partnership capacity between families and schools through the four C’s: capabilities, connections, confidence, and cognition.
    • Honors each family’s “funds of knowledge”—while providing school-based scaffolds.
    • Offers strategies for initiating home-school relationships and the strategies needed for maintaining the relationships.
    • Helps families understand the importance of immersing children in rich, ongoing conversation about daily home activities.
    • Helps families gain access to a wide variety of engaging read-aloud texts, understanding that reading aloud daily to their children is the single most important activity for building the knowledge and skills they need for academic success.
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    Optimize Learning Supports

    Effective educators recognize that many students face barriers to learning. These barriers may be the result of environmental challenges inherent in the student’s neighborhood, family, school, or peer relationships—or personal challenges related to medical, psychological, and nutritional problems. These challenges affect students’ ability to receive instruction and learn. Therefore, effective educators not only address the instructional needs of students, but also provide a comprehensive system of learning supports that enable students to overcome barriers and enjoy academic success.

    tab image

    Scholastic Solutions

    Books

    • The MindUP Curriculum
    • Rebuilding for Learning: Addressing Barriers to Learning and Teaching, and Re-engaging Students

    Services

    • Learning Supports Consultation & Coaching
    • Learning Supports Institute
    • Custom Professional Development

    Results

    • Maximizes use of learning supports by fully integrating them into instruction and school management.
    • Provides physical, social, emotional, and academic assistance thereby enabling students to succeed at school.
    • Provides responsive, personalized instruction that meets the needs of all learners.
    • Reduces the dropout rate.
    • Re-engages students in classroom learning.
    • Closes the achievement gap.
    • Promotes strong leadership that recognizes the need for a full continuum of essential school-community learning supports.
    • Forms, with other adults, a continuous, coordinated, and collaborative circle of care around students to help them thrive physically, emotionally, and academically.

Our Comprehensive Literacy Framework

Effective educators address language proficiency for academic success through integrated language arts, continuous assessment, and a deep appreciation for the rich and varied cultural and linguistic experiences their students bring to class. Students learn to control language as they use it to read, write, and discuss.

Scholastic Solutions

Instructional Programs

  • Next Step Guided Reading Assessment
  • Guided Reading Programs
  • Comprehension Clubs

Services

  • The ABCs of Emergent Literacy
  • Early Literacy: Oral Language
  • Comprehension Clubs: Getting Started

Results

  • Supports young children’s language and literacy development, which sets the stage for strong reading and writing skills later in life.
  • Develops the basic processes that oral language and written language share, such as lexical, syntactic, and interpretive.
  • Invites children into extended discourse that promotes understandings beyond the here and now.
  • Builds reading comprehension, which depends on language abilities that begin developing at birth.
  • Promotes basic vocabulary and grammar, which are essential to comprehension.
  • Values emerging bilinguals’ native language, recognizing that a strong foundation in that language promotes school achievement in English.
  • Provides emerging bilinguals with many meaningful opportunities to talk, read, and write in English, while recognizing that learning a new language also means learning a new culture.

Effective educators address the language proficiency and particulars, such as spelling, punctuation, grammar, and sound-letter relationships, that all students must control for academic success.

Scholastic Solutions

Services

  • The Pre-A Reader
  • Early Literacy: Addressing the Whole Child
  • Building Academic Vocabulary

Results

  • Helps children learn the alphabetic principle—and the names and sounds associated with printed letters.
  • Helps children develop phonological awareness and the ability to detect, manipulate, and analyze the auditory aspects of spoken language (including the ability to distinguish or segment words, syllables, and phonemes).
  • Strengthens students’ abilities to apply written conventions such as spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
  • Expands students’ vocabulary and conceptual knowledge, which is best accomplished through voluminous reading—children learn thousands of new words incidentally through reading.
  • Recognizes that 90 percent of the words in a text are drawn from 4,000 simple word families; the remaining 10 percent arise from just over 300,000 words in the English language.
  • Encourages extensive independent reading, understanding that the sophisticated skills demanded by high-level academic or professional work can only be acquired through years of avid reading.

Effective educators engage students in rich text talk before and after reading aloud, as well as during the reading at a few thoughtfully chosen stopping points. By doing that, they extend students’ understanding by analyzing every text together. Additionally, effective educators demonstrate phrased, fluent reading while helping students build their content knowledge and vocabulary. As a result, students also learn about genre, author’s style, literary and craft elements, and text structure.

Scholastic Solutions

Instructional Programs

  • LitCamps
  • Comprehension Clubs
  • Buzz About IT!

Books

  • Unwrapping the Read Aloud
  • Improving Comprehension with Think-Aloud Strategies: 2nd Edition
  • It's Not Complicated!
  • Interactive Comprehension Strategies: Fostering Meaningful Talks about Text
  • Literacy and the Youngest Learner

Services

  • Interactive Read Alouds
  • Comprehension Clubs: Interactive Read Alouds and Book Clubs
  • Comprehension Clubs: Getting Started

Results

  • Develops a literate classroom culture and shared language around books.
  • Builds a collection of mentor texts that can be used repeatedly for instruction.
  • Enables all students to access and enjoy the rich language of complex texts, even if they can’t yet read the texts themselves independently.
  • Refines students’ understanding of text—genre, format, literary elements, and text structures and features.
  • Demonstrates how reading works.
  • Introduces quality children’s literature, fiction and nonfiction.
  • Increases students’ attention span and listening skills, bolsters vocabulary and conceptual knowledge, and develops comprehension strategies and story schema.
  • Demonstrates fluent reading and reinforces phonological awareness and phonics.
  • Fosters a lifelong love of reading.

Effective educators continually monitor, assess, and instruct in small, flexible guided reading groups, helping students build their reading power—a network of “strategic actions”—so they can read grade-level text and above independently. At the core of guided reading is a staircase of increasingly complex texts organized by levels. At the beginning of a guided reading lesson, educators introduce vocabulary and establish key goals; students read independently for 8 to 10 minutes; after reading, educators ask text related questions to assess students’ comprehension and apply new knowledge.

Scholastic Solutions

Services

  • ABCs of Guided Reading
  • Guided Reading: Differentiation in Middle School ELA
  • Guided Reading: Lesson Planning 101

Results

  • Places students on an accelerated course to reading with accuracy, fluency, and comprehension.
  • Offers a “just right” challenge that helps each student advance as an independent reader.
  • Ensures that, every day, students read texts that are within their control, given the strategies and knowledge they have.
  • Provides the support students need to stretch their skills as a reader, with increasingly challenging, conceptually rich, complex texts.
  • Fosters strategic reading of teacher-selected unfamiliar texts.
  • Provides direct instruction in problem-solving reading strategies.
  • Receives close instruction in individual reading challenges.
  • Teaches comprehension strategies, academic vocabulary, and all the skills students need to take off as proficient, confident, independent readers.

Effective educators never skip a day of independent reading! Every day, they invite their students to read self-selected fiction and nonfiction at school and at home. As a result, students practice reading in a smoothly orchestrated way—and strengthen their reading power and stamina in the process. Educators confer with students, celebrating their accomplishments while monitoring, assessing, and teaching.

Scholastic Solutions

Services

  • Building a Culture of Independent Reading
  • Student Independence: Management and Centers
  • How to Conference with Students about Reading

Results

  • Helps each student develop a sense of self as a reader who enjoys reading.
  • Expands and refines knowledge of the world.
  • Assists students in orchestrating fluently multiple skills and strategies.
  • Builds strategic problem-solving skills.
  • Offers opportunities to practice comprehension strategies.
  • Builds a robust vocabulary.
  • Deepens analytical prowess and an ability to talk and write about text.
  • Enhances social-emotional skills.
  • Realizes innumerable academic benefits to students.
  • Helps students discover their identities, expand their understanding of the world, and develop empathy for others.

Effective educators work inside a writing block or writing workshop where they assign both short- and long-term writing pieces. Quickwrites, short essays, journal entries, and responses to literature exemplify the shorter pieces; longer, extended pieces, such as inquiry-based research projects, may last several weeks. Students write, confer with the educator and peers, revise, and create multiple drafts before publishing a final copy.

Scholastic Solutions

Services

  • Traits Writing Implementation
  • Building Academic Vocabulary
  • Unlocking Complex Text Through Gradual Release

Results

  • Helps each student develop a sense of self as a writer who enjoys writing.
  • Promotes writing across modes—narrative, informational, and argumentative (opinion).
  • Encourages writing for a variety of purposes, for a variety of audiences, and across genres.
  • Helps students learn to apply confidently the traits, or elements, of writing: ideas, voice, organization, sentence fluency, word choice, conventions, and presentation.
  • Helps students view writing as our most potent thinking tool.
  • Prompts students to use writing as a gateway to deep thinking about ideas, drawing on their own knowledge and experience.
  • Helps students use writing as a tool for reflection: to organize and integrate ideas and consolidate and reformulate thinking.
  • Helps students tap their creativity and strengthen their ability to compose.

Effective educators understand that learning to read and write intensifies when students are driven by personally meaningful questions, search for real answers, and share their work with a real audience. Students learn to select specific text types and formats to fulfill their purposes for writing and/or presenting, usually focusing on particular content area, such as science or social studies.

Scholastic Solutions

Services

  • Close Reading: Using Text-Dependent Questions and Text-Based Answers when Reading Complex Texts
  • Unlocking Complex Text Through Gradual Release
  • Traits Writing Implementation

Results

  • Promotes students’ engagement in hands-on inquiry.
  • Helps students develop a curious stance in the world—and engage in ambitious questioning.
  • Fosters critical thinking and problem solving.
  • Entices students to read and write for explicit reasons and for audiences beyond the teacher.
  • Encourages students to reflect on and document what they are learning.
  • Encourages students to write clearly and convincingly, rereading, revising and editing their work as needed because they are sharing it with a real audience beyond the classroom door.
  • Helps students realize that their own reading and writing are powerful—and may affect the world around them.

Effective educators understand that reading and writing work best when one process fuels or informs the other. Reading inspires young writers by introducing them to great ideas, demonstrating author’s craft, and improving their ability to think critically and analytically. What’s more, reading high-quality, culturally responsive literature exposes students to models of outstanding writing.

Scholastic Solutions

Services

  • Unlocking Complex Text Through Gradual Release
  • Close Reading: Using Text-Dependent Questions and Text-Based Answers when Reading Complex Texts
  • Building a Culture for Independent Reading

Results

  • Sends a message that reading and writing are reciprocal acts, with each informing the other.
  • Helps students read to learn, write to learn, and make meaning in the process—the primary goal of instruction.
  • Realizes the benefits of writing about text, which are both abundant and profound—and mirror the kind of thinking we want our students to do when they are reading.
  • Acknowledges that reading and writing are mutually supportive language processes that work together to support learners.
  • Enables students to be explicit about text evidence—by capturing in writing information from their reading.

Effective educators understand that involving parents in their children’s education strengthens the links—among the home, school, and out-of-school programs—that ensure consistent learning and positive developmental outcomes. Children need literacy-building experiences inside and outside school. Increasing access to books boosts reading motivation and performance.

Scholastic Solutions

Books

Services

  • Engaging Families in Learning Throughout the Year
  • Redesiging Family Engagement — The Essential Ingredient
  • Designing Family Engagement Events

Results

  • Embraces the Dual Capacity Framework and establishes effective family-school partnerships that support children from cradle to career.
  • Provides the information and support families need as they strive to support their children academically.
  • Builds the collective partnership capacity between families and schools through the four C’s: capabilities, connections, confidence, and cognition.
  • Honors each family’s “funds of knowledge”—while providing school-based scaffolds.
  • Offers strategies for initiating home-school relationships and the strategies needed for maintaining the relationships.
  • Helps families understand the importance of immersing children in rich, ongoing conversation about daily home activities.
  • Helps families gain access to a wide variety of engaging read-aloud texts, understanding that reading aloud daily to their children is the single most important activity for building the knowledge and skills they need for academic success.

Effective educators recognize that many students face barriers to learning. These barriers may be the result of environmental challenges inherent in the student’s neighborhood, family, school, or peer relationships—or personal challenges related to medical, psychological, and nutritional problems. These challenges affect students’ ability to receive instruction and learn. Therefore, effective educators not only address the instructional needs of students, but also provide a comprehensive system of learning supports that enable students to overcome barriers and enjoy academic success.

Scholastic Solutions

Books

  • The MindUP Curriculum
  • Rebuilding for Learning: Addressing Barriers to Learning and Teaching, and Re-engaging Students

Services

  • Learning Supports Consultation & Coaching
  • Learning Supports Institute
  • Custom Professional Development

Results

  • Maximizes use of learning supports by fully integrating them into instruction and school management.
  • Provides physical, social, emotional, and academic assistance thereby enabling students to succeed at school.
  • Provides responsive, personalized instruction that meets the needs of all learners.
  • Reduces the dropout rate.
  • Re-engages students in classroom learning.
  • Closes the achievement gap.
  • Promotes strong leadership that recognizes the need for a full continuum of essential school-community learning supports.
  • Forms, with other adults, a continuous, coordinated, and collaborative circle of care around students to help them thrive physically, emotionally, and academically.