Literacy Handbook


Are you struggling with the right balance between supporting students who are behind in their reading and writing levels and engaging all students in the content of your class? Looking for school-wide opportunities to work with your peers to focus on improving literacy skills? 

New Visions for Public Schools has developed a series of literacy routines that can be applied across middle school subject levels to help your students with reading, discourse, and writing. These routines provide common definitions and activities that transfer ownership of learning from teachers to students.

We understand that teachers may use resources differently, so we have created and curated high-quality Open Educational Resource (OER) materials available in Google Drive; we encourage teachers to make their own copies of resources and thoughtfully modify to make them useful for their individual needs. 

Not sure how to start using these routines? Check out our Getting Started section. 

Can’t find what you’re looking for? Use the resource search to sort materials by standards, type, keywords, and more! 


Teacher Testimonials 

"The process of using routines truly puts the responsibility for making meaning in the students' hands. There is a point where you see their uncertainty at the brink of a student-centered moment, and then they follow the routine and feel success. That moment is really important in moving them towards being independent learners.”

-Emily Wylie, ELA teacher at the Young Women’s Leadership School of Harlem

“The handbook has afforded me the opportunity to use strategies that actually work. It also provides models to help teachers, like myself, obtain a better grasp of the activity. One of my favorites strategies from the handbook is the Silent Carousel because it gives all students an equal chance to engage in a discussion in different ways."

- Michelle Ngyuen, Social Studies teacher at the Young Women’s Leadership School of the Bronx