Accelerate Student Achievement in the Content Areas

To close the achievement gap and enable at-risk students to learn from content-area texts, teachers in every school subject must be skilled in the instruction of literacy strategies for reading comprehension. The Literacy First framework for middle and high school content areas is designed for use by all secondary school teachers across the curriculum (as well as school leaders) to foster achievement in middle school, high school and beyond, preparing all students—including English language learners—for the rigors of college and the workplace.

Meets and Exceeds All Standards and Assessments

Over a three-year period, the Literacy First framework for the content area trains and coaches educators to make the right instructional decisions for students, utilizing best practices and engaging materials while preparing students for the new generation of assessments.


Literacy First at the middle/high school level is a much needed, powerful professional development model that forces us to examine our teaching and provides us with consistent language, strategies, and focus in all of the content areas.

Kathy Coley, Superintendent, Glenpool Public Schools, Oklahoma


Content-Area Academic Achievement

How It Works:

Research-based and built on best practices, the Literacy First Framework is designed to strengthen instruction in all subject areas and create a lasting culture of literacy throughout the school. When implemented with fidelity, the Literacy First Framework ensures that students in grades 6-12 are better prepared to master the rigors of more complex and higher-level content area material. The professional development and job-embedded coaching focuses on the following key areas:

  • Academic Learning Time
  • Anatomy of a Lesson
  • Acquisition of Academic Vocabulary
  • Comprehension Skills
  • Strategic Reading Tools
  • Strategies for Complex Text
  • Metacognition and Textual Evidence

In addition, teachers learn how to provide differentiated instruction to small groups of students with similar instructional needs, and to use effective management tools, including detailed checklists to monitor fidelity of implementation, a strategic plan, the delivery evaluation rubric, observation tools, and other useful resources. Through model lessons, Literacy First consultants demonstrate how teachers can use these powerful strategies in all content areas. The result: more and more students reading at or above grade level in all content area classes.

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Click here to view the Literacy First for the Content Areas (6-12) brochure.