Literacy Routines

The eight Everyday Excellence literacy routines are designed to be used together regularly in all disciplines. They are simple and flexible enough to be used daily to engage students in reading, writing, listening, speaking, and thinking in every classroom.

  • Get to Know Me

    Identify and monitor the literacy and language needs of individual students.

    This Literacy Routine addresses the following questions:

    • How can I get to know students' personal stories?
    • How can I discover information about each student's literacy?
    • How can I monitor my students' progress?
  • Pump Up the Vocab

    Create opportunities for students to build and apply academic vocabulary daily.

    This Literacy Routine addresses the following questions:

    • How do I help students internalize new words?
    • How can I liven up my vocabulary instruction?
    • How do I scaffold vocabulary for all students?
  • Let's Talk

    Facilitate a variety of structured academic conversations that enable students to monitor and build understanding.

    This Literacy Routine addresses the following questions:

    • How do I get my reluctant students talking?
    • How can I make sure students are talking on task?
    • How do I get students to use academic language?
  • Turn the Light On

    Scaffold direct instruction to increase comprehensible input and meet the literacy and language needs of diverse learners.

    This Literacy Routine addresses the following questions:

    • How do I help my students understand difficult content?
    • How can I keep them engaged during direct instruction?
    • How do I cover all my content and not lose my students?
  • Do I Really Get It?

    Teach students to monitor their comprehension, and check for understanding frequently through structured questions.

    This Literacy Routine addresses the following questions:

    • How can I tell if students really understand?
    • How do I get reluctant students to answer questions?
    • How do I know if everyone gets it, not just those I call on?
  • Huddle

    Frontload new learning and plan a response to misunderstandings to make learning more accessible to students.

    This Literacy Routine addresses the following questions:

    • How do I frontload information for students who have a gap in prior knowledge?
    • How can I respond to misunderstandings quickly?
    • How can I ensure access to learning for all my students?
  • Be the Lead Reader

    Lead guided reading experiences to ensure students make sense of complex text.

    This Literacy Routine addresses the following questions:

    • How can I help my students read difficult texts?
    • How do I help them remember what they read?
    • How can I motivate them to read with purpose?
  • Pencil to Paper

    Structure student opportunities to employ writing to make sense of new learning.

    This Literacy Routine addresses the following questions:

    • How can I use writing to help my students learn?
    • How can I get them to generate their own ideas?
    • How can I help them remember new information?

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