The Literacy Collaborative framework for literacy lessons consists of a number of elements that provide many opportunities for reading and writing. These opportunities include reading and writing across the curriculum. Teachers provide direct, research based instruction to guide students in acquiring strategies for maintaining fluency, text comprehension, and vocabulary development. Phonemic awareness and phonics instruction are provided as students engage in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Instruction moves from demonstration and explicit teaching to guided practice and then to independent problem solving.

Literacy Collaborative: Vision, Mission, and Pillars (PDF)

The Literacy Collaborative incorporates all of the elements of effective schools to support improved literacy instruction and student achievement through:

  • Providing a research-based instructional model that is language-based, student-centered, process-oriented, and outcome-based;

  • Creating in-school and in-district leadership through the training and support of school-based literacy leadership teams, administrators, and literacy coaches;

  • Establishing long-term site-based development for every member of the school’s literacy faculty; and

  • Helping schools monitor the progress of every student through systematized assessment, data collection, and analysis.


Reading Workshop

  • Guided Reading
  • Managed Independent Learning

Writing Workshop

  • Writing Conferences
  • Independent Writing
  • Guided Writing
  • Small Group Interactive Writing

Language and Word Study

  • Interactive Read Aloud
  • Shared Reading
  • Community Writing (Shared Writing and Interactive Writing)
  • Phonics/Word Study/Spelling
  • Storytelling
  • Handwriting


Reading Workshop

  • Independent Reading
  • Guided Reading
  • Literature Study

Writing Workshop

  • Independent Writing
  • Guided Writing
  • Investigations

Language and Word Study

  • Interactive Read Aloud
  • Word Study
  • Modeled or Shared Reading / Writing
  • Readers' Theater / Process Drama
  • Choral Reading
  • Poetry Sharing / Response
  • Interactive Edit / Vocabulary
  • Test Reading and Writing

Middle Level

Literacy Workshop

  • Genre Study
  • Reading Workshop
  • Writing Workshop
  • Word and Vocabulary Study
  • Literacy in the Content Area