Skills Lessons are interactive lessons that provide grade-level instruction and practice in critical literacy skills. These lessons give students the opportunity to dynamically engage with texts by highlighting and annotating and include scaffolded checks and graded assessments for measuring understanding.
All Skills Lessons are discrete, differentiated for grades 3-12, and aligned to College and Career Readiness Standards. They can be used as both an introduction to new material or as a platform to practice and sharpen skills that have been previously taught. Skills lessons are especially effective when assigned in tandem with Writing Lessons geared toward each student's personal growth focus.
Where to find Skills Lessons
There are two ways to access a Skills Lesson:
- On the ELA Curriculum page, Skills lessons can be found by selecting any of the blue buttons next to the “Full Core Curriculum.” They are organized by key skill or concept, alongside Direct Instruction lessons.
- On the Social Studies, Science, or Math Curriculum pages, scroll to the bottom to view the “Skills Lessons & Direct Instruction” section of the page. Skills Lessons will be listed alongside Direct Instruction lessons.
Additionally, Skills Lessons are symbolized by an icon of three building blocks.
View this article for detailed instructions on how to assign a Skills lesson.
Skills Lessons Include:
- Dynamic progress bars indicate the instructional purpose of each screen. "Learn" indicates that students are learning concepts and practicing skills. "Check" indicates that students are going to be graded and assessed based on the question.
- Hints and rationales that support independent learning. Hints gently guide students toward the correct answer, while rationales are displayed for each question after students answer correctly.