Step-by-step Strategies for Building Students’ Comprehension Skills in the Content Areas

Literacy First Content Area ReadingWhen you build the capacity of your content area teachers with the Literacy First framework, you will see within three years how improved teacher instructional skills lead to improved student literacy and reading comprehension. From planning academic learning time to identifying student success, Literacy First’s comprehensive Teacher Manual for Content Area Achievement gives teachers in every content area the tools they need to close the achievement gap.

Teacher Manuals include explicit connections to college- and career-ready standards.

…a comparison of pretest and post-test scores revealed positive gains with students’ average scores increasing by 16 percentile ranks in reading and 15 percentile ranks in math…

As you will see in the sample teacher manual, 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