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Secondary Literacy Overview

Integrate key components of the literacy framework to develop reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills

  • Critical Reading to apply close reading skills, encourage inquiry-based learning, develop habits of analytical thinking, and engage students in active discourse
  • Independent Reading to support voice and choice through books that reflect students' wide range of interests
  • Supported & Independent Writing builds motivation as students experience the interconnected nature of reading and writing
  • Word Study to unlock word meaning and build a robust vocabulary
  • Speaking & Listening to engage students in active discourse in both reading and writing activities

Connections: English Language Arts

The Bridge to College and Career Readiness

Connections provides the foundation for success through its unique approach to high-quality, complex texts. Through close reading, students develop the reading, writing, and language skills they need.

Integrated ELA Instruction.

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Literature & Thought

Unit Studies for Critical Thinking, Reading, and Writing

Literature & Thought provides a wealth of opportunities for students to develop critical reading, writing, and thinking skills through the close reading of complex texts. With unparalleled flexibility to meet today’s curriculum needs, the program is designed to engage students and promote active discourse.

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Connections: Writing & Language

Comprehensive Writing, Language, Speaking, and Listening Support

Connections: Writing & Language is an easy-to-use reference for writing, language, speaking, and listening skills. The student-friendly format is perfect for supporting both instruction and independent writing as well as critical reading and communication skills. The comprehensive coverage of writing and language standards and reference approach provides teachers the flexibility they need to meet diverse classroom needs. A perfect pairing with Connections: English Language Arts.

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Writing Companion

Writing Minilessons

Writing Companion is designed to engage students through concise, focused minilessons. Students develop skills, step-by-step, as they read and respond to source texts. Integrated ELAR Instruction.


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Word Study in Context

Vocabu-Lit® introduces word lists through excerpts from high-quality texts including contemporary and classic fiction, nonfiction, speeches, and primary sources. Both master words and the instructional approach are grounded in scientific studies of the most effective word study strategies.


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Classroom Libraries

Independent Reading—Voice and Choice in Your Classroom

Classroom libraries designed to excite and engage students are the key to independent reading. Reflecting the interests of today’s young adults, the titles in these collections cover a wide range of reading levels, topics, and genres to encourage all students on the road to becoming successful, life-long readers.


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Novel Studies & Literature Circles

Pair the Best Fiction and Nonfiction Titles with Your Curriculum

With over 50 years of experience in providing literature to classrooms, we have the knowledge to meet your curriculum needs including

  • recommending the best new classroom fiction and nonfiction titles
  • providing genre, theme, and topic recommendations to match units of study
  • pairing fiction and nonfiction
  • developing literature circles
  • supporting shared reading initiatives


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Speech Programs

Communication Skills for College and Career

Project-based speech programs prepare students for successful communication in school, college, and career.


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Basic Drama Projects

Extensive Speaking and Listening Opportunities with a Project in Every Chapter

Basic Drama Projects offers engaging, challenging, and fun projects that grow skills in teamwork, collaboration, creativity, and more. Students become critical listeners as they develop speaking skills for college and career.


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