“Into the Book” and More: Strategic Reading Resources for Teachers and Students

By Mary Stowe, M.Ed.

 November/December 2010 Link Lines  


This website contains a student and a teacher area,  focused on exploration of eight reading strategies.  Both areas provide narrated descriptions of the strategies with accompanying videos. In addition, the teacher area offers lesson plans, teacher guides to the student videos, books to be used in the teaching of each strategy, and links for additional research and other helpful sites.  Teachers can download songs, posters, and bookmarks, and so much more, for classroom use. Click on this link for an example - http://reading.ecb.org/teacher/reading_buddy.pdf.   A video series is available.  In Virginia, contact WHRO, Hampton Roads for broadcast information -  http://education.whro.org/online-courses  

dragatool The student area provides engaging icons for students to explore.  By dragging the icon to the book, an interesting narrated text about the strategy appears with an explanatory video.  http://reading.ecb.org/student/entry.html?login=mary%20s00005


The Center on Instruction provides resources covering the topics of reading, math, science, special education, and English language learning.  The link above is connected to the reading resource page where 66 resources , published by COI or other institutions, are provided.  “The [site] offers materials and resources on reading that help educators improve reading outcomes for students in grades K-12, prevent reading difficulties from developing in the early grades as a solution to the problem of struggling readers in middle and high school, and meet instructional challenges of diversity in students’ ability and readiness for learning to read.”  Reports are accompanied by PowerPoint slides, facilitator guides, and student-centered activities.  A sampling of the titles includes  Effective Instruction for Adolescent Struggling Reading (4-12), 2nd edition; Bringing Literacy Strategies into Content Instruction (4-12); and Adolescent Literacy Walk-through for Principals (K-3 and 4-12).


The Middle School English and Reading Instructional Resources below are found at http://www.doe.virginia.gov/instruction/english/middle/arrow

 Middle School English & Reading Instructional Resources Standards of Learning
English K-12
Includes: curriculum frameworks, enhanced scope & sequence guides, test blueprints & released tests

In addition to the standards, curriculum frameworks, enhanced scope and sequence guides, test blueprints and released tests, other middle school instructional resources include:

  • Middle School Reading Modules in Support of Project Graduation (PDF) – more than 70 one-hour lesson plans to enhance the teaching of reading aligned to the 2002 English SOL and supporting the teaching of fiction, nonfiction and poetry
  • Middle School Writing Modules in Support of Project Graduation (PDF) – more than 70 one-hour lesson plans that focus on using the three-domain rubric, setting up and using writing portfolios, and revising and editing lessons to encourage the development of a strong essay
  • Creating Active Readers (presented in partnership with WHRO) – video series allows middle school English teachers to observe and apply reading comprehension instruction into English classes
  • Wordsalive Vocabulary Acquisition Model for Virginia – research-based graphic organizer designed to enable students to learn content vocabulary
  • Interactive Reading – combines a graphic organizer with researched-based reading comprehension strategies providing a framework that supports students prior to reading, during reading and after reading across the curriculum
  • Vocabulary Videos – ten three-minute videos demonstrating a vocabulary lesson or teaching strategy