Literacy Classroom Instructional Practices Bank


The purpose of this resource is to provide K-12 educators with a bank of effective, research-based instructional practices that can be used in the classroom to support instruction in the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English Language Arts and Literacy in All Subjects. These practices are organized by the CCSS strands at the cluster level.

First and foremost, these instructional practices should be systematically implemented within universal core instruction for all students.  In addition, these practices can be used throughout a school’s continuum of supports for students. Educators can identify small groups of or individual students that need additional support in certain strands of the CCSS, and use these instructional practices as a way to meet academic needs. As educators do this, they should continually assess students’ understanding. 

Examples of ways to assess understanding are located here.

 Audience and intended use: 

Classroom teachers and those providing literacy support to students (K-12).

This resource is intended for use by teams (grade/department/building level) to guide collaborative system-wide decisions regarding the implementation of effective instructional practices for all students within the universal level of instruction.


Each practice supports the implementation of the CCSS at the cluster level. Included is a description, steps for implementation, ideas for measuring understanding, citations for supportive research, and downloadables that can be used to implement the practice.


Criteria for Selection of the Practices

The bank includes instructional practices shown to be effective through research and experience in the field. Practices have been drawn from a range of empirical studies published in peer-reviewed publications, professional literature, and practitioner books. Specific sources used are cited for each practice.