The 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.


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


  • 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.