Content Literacy Units of Study


Content literacy instruction is multi-purpose teaching that provides opportunities for students to engage in real-world reading and writing experiences. These multi-genre units of study support students’ building enduring understandings about science and social studies topics through close reading and responding to authentic texts in meaningful ways.


  • Anchor/Mentor Texts (5–6 mentor texts and 3–13 short shared texts)
  • Standards Alignment and Correlation Chart
  • Unit Introduction and Overview
  • Interactive Read-Aloud Lessons (8–10)
  • Mini-Lessons (6–12)
  • Transition to Independent Reading and Guided Practice
  • Conference Questions
  • Lesson Extensions
  • Appendices
  • Assessments (Formative & Summative)

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