Teaching Strategies

Build literacy and social emotional skills while exploring meaningful texts. Unlike conventional or scripted lesson plans, these strategies allow you to select and combine vocabulary, reading, and speaking and listening activities, customizing a pathway that supports your instructional goals. Each strategy is Common Core-aligned and includes a special note about English language learners and connections to anti-bias education.

“Many of my colleagues believe our fourth-graders are too young to hold discussions around issues of race, place, class and gender equity. Asking open-ended, higher-order, standards-based questions around these topics is much easier thanks to your work!”

Grades K-2

Foster a love of reading in early-grades students with strategies that build familiarity and confidence with texts. Each Common Core-aligned strategy includes explicit connections to anti-bias education and adaptations for English language learners.

teacher helping student at her desk

Exploring Texts Through Read Alouds

Strategies
9
Grade Level
K-2
Inspire young readers with strategies that help them define text types, examine how text structure affects meaning, and identify audience and purpose.
female student listening in class

Responding to the Read-Aloud Text

Strategies
8
Grade Level
K-2
Take new readers to the next level with strategies that help them analyze, interpret, critique and make connections to texts.

Grades 3-12

Meet the demands of the Common Core State Standards with strategies that foster vocabulary, close reading, and speaking and listening skills. Each strategy includes explicit connections to anti-bias education and adaptations for English language learners.

Teaching Tolerance Grant Guidelines

Word Work

Strategies
20
Grade Level
These vocabulary strategies help students build their comprehension and language skills by using key words from Perspectives texts in their own reading, writing, speaking and listening.
male student working at his desk

Close and Critical Reading

Strategies
15
Grade Level
Encourage close reading with strategies that ask students to analyze, interpret, critique and make connections to texts, and to discover the relevance of their reading within a larger context.
Teaching Tolerance students engaging in discussion

Community Inquiry

Strategies
18
Grade Level
Nurture students' speaking and listening skills with strategies that ask them to draw upon texts during meaningful — and respectful — classroom discussions.