The Literacy Classroom

  • Literacy Classroom

    Physical Environment

    • Flexible layout ensuring the opportunity for whole group, small group, and independent learning

    • Evidence of authentic student work throughout room

    • Project-based learning environment is evident

    • Classroom is rich with digital and media content

    • Academic vocabulary is prevalent throughout the classroom for both instructional purposes and student reference

    • Contains a classroom library consisting of literary and informational texts in a wide variety of genres

    • Adequate technology is available for both students and teachers

    • Classroom is organized in such a manner that students can find material and resources to aid in the research process.

    Literacy Classroom


    • Provides students with an appropriate balance of literary and informational text

    • Incorporates the five aspects of literacy (reading, writing, language, speaking and listening) into lessons/units of study in all content areas

    • Serves as a facilitator within the classroom, interacting with students

    • Guides the classroom discussion, but allows for topic-appropriate conversation to take place among the students

    • Provides opportunities for authentic literacy practice rather than worksheets

    • Utilizes technology in authentic* ways in the classroom for presentation, instruction, performance tasks, assessment.

    • Presents text in a multitude of formats: written, spoken, video, and other forms of multimedia
    • Ensures that text dependent questions guide students back into the text.

    Literacy Classroom


    • Self-directed and striving towards academic independence

    • Participates in collaborative learning opportunities

    • Active participant in classroom discussion

    • Draws evidence from literary and informational texts to support analysis, reflection and research when writing and speaking 

    • Engages in the research process

    • Reads like a detective —closely analyzing the text to determine meaning 

    • Writes like a reporter—developing a complete piece of writing that displays understanding of the process as a whole

    • Utilizes technology in authentic ways to gain knowledge, to deepen knowledge of concepts, collaborate, communicate, and present mastery of learning.

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