General Reading &
Writing Resources

Recommended Books

Secret Code Actions: A Resource to Support Learning to Read and Spell the English Language

Young, N. (2016). (Teacher Edition and Parent Edition)

How We Learn: Why Brains Learn Better Than Any Machine...For Now.
Dehaene, S. (2020). NY, NY: Viking.  ( (

Reading in the Brain: The Science and Evolution of a Human Invention.
Dehaene, S. (2009). New York, NY: Viking.  (
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Powerful Writing Strategies for All Students.

Harris, K. Graham, S., Mason, L., Friedlander, B. (2008). Baltimore, MD: Paul H. Brooks Publishing. 
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Unlocking Literacy: Effective Decoding and Spelling Instruction (2nd ed).Henry, M. (2010). Baltimore, MD: Paul H. Brooks Publishing.  ( (

The Writing Revolution: A Guide to Advancing Thinking Through Writing in All Subjects and Grades. San Hochman, J. C., & Wexler, N. (2017). Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.  ( (

Thinking Reading: What Every Secondary Teacher Needs to Know about Reading
Murphy, James & Dianne (2018). Woodbridge, UK: John Catt Educational Ltd.  (

Closing the Vocabulary Gap

Quigley, Alex (2018). New York, NY: Routledge.  ( (

Teacher's Guide to Effective Sentence Writing

Saddler, B. (2012). New York, NY: Guilford Press. ( (


Language at the Speed of Sight: How We Read, Why So Many Can’t, and What Can Be Done About It. New Seidenberg, M. (2017). York, NY: Basic Books. ( (

Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain.
Wolf, M. (2007). New York, NY: Harper Collins. (

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Articles, Papers, Reports & Fact Sheets

Changing How Writing is Taught

Cynthia Puranik’s research on & images for sentence combining in kindergarten

Differentiated Literacy Instruction: Boondoggle or Best Practice?

Double Jeopardy: How Third Grade Reading Skills and Poverty Influence High School Graduation


First Grade Teachers’ Knowledge of Phonological Awareness and Code Concepts: Examining gains from an intensive form of professional development and corresponding teacher attitudes

Hard Words: Why aren't kids being taught to read?

How Spelling Supports Reading and Why It Is More Regular and Predictable Than You May Think

Individualizing Teaching in Beginning Reading

Literacy Lost: Canada’s basic skills shortfall

Preventative Reading Interventions Teaching Direct Mapping of Graphemes in Texts and Set-for-Variability Aid At-Risk Learners

Read About It: Scientific Evidence for Effective Teaching of Reading

Short-changed: Preparation to teach reading in initial teacher education


Structured Literacy and Typical Literacy Practices: Understanding Differences to Create Instructional Opportunities.

Teachers’ Knowledge About Beginning Reading Development and Instruction

Teaching & writing in kindergarten

Teaching Elementary School Students to Be Effective Writers

The Effects of Peer-Assisted Sentence-Combining: Instruction on the Writing Performance of More and Less Skilled Young Writers

The Impact of Scientifically-based Reading Instruction on Different Groups and Different Levels of Performance

The Massive Impact of Literacy on the Brain and its Consequences for Education

The Three-Cueing System in Reading: Will It Ever Go Away?

Writing Next: Effective Strategies to Improve Writing of Adolescents in Middle and High Schools 

Websites & Online Resources