About Inspiring Middle School Literacy
In elementary school, instruction emphasizes “learning to read.” In middle school, the focus shifts to “reading to learn.” By this time, students encounter more texts in the content-area disciplines and must apply literacy strategies to learn new information. This can be challenging for students who struggle in reading and responding to informational and narrative texts.
In this professional development video from WGBH, teachers, students, and a literacy expert present their perspectives on the use of self-paced lessons to inspire middle school literacy. Designed for struggling readers in grades 5–8, the lessons use videos, interactive activities, note taking, readings, and essay writing to engage students in science, social studies, English language arts, and mathematics topics. Learn new strategies in multimedia to help your students build proficiency in reading, vocabulary, and writing skills.