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ELA Teacher Tools

Learn how to prepare to teach reading, writing, and discussion lessons, understand text complexity, support English Learners, monitor student progress, and much more! 

Preparing to Teach Fishtank ELA

Learn how to prepare to teach Fishtank ELA, including preparing a unit, internalizing a lesson, and understanding the different components of an ELA lesson.

Writing

Learn about our approach to writing instruction, how to plan and execute writing lessons, and strategies for giving student feedback. 

Providing Access to Complex Texts

Learn how to analyze texts to determine what makes them complex and explore strategies to help a range of learners interact with complex text.

Academic Discourse

Learn how to prepare for and lead academic discourse, the different tiers of academic discourse, and strategies for assessing and monitoring academic discourse. 

Reading Structures and Routines

Explore the different structures and routines to facilitate student engagement with and understanding of the text.

Foundational Skills

Learn the importance of fluency instruction in grades 3-8, strategies for embedding fluency instruction into core instruction, and strategies for providing students with additional fluency support.

Supporting English Learners

Explore a variety of strategies to use to ensure that English learners are interacting with the same complex texts and tasks as the rest of the class.

Vocabulary

Learn how we structure vocabulary in our units, different methods of teaching vocabulary, and how to support a range of learners during vocabulary instruction.

Independent Reading (K-5)

Learn more about the additional independent reading block, and strategies for setting up and running the block in your classroom (for K-5th grade).

Progress Monitoring and Assessment

Explore different suggestions for how to progress monitor and assess student learning within a Fishtank ELA unit.