English Language Arts

Reading and Foundational Skills

Michigan's Early Literacy Overview - 3rd grade reading workgroup report, MDE approved assessment tools for early literacy

3rd Grade Reading - PA 306

Michigan's ELA Standards - K-12 ELA standards, early literacy/K alignment, course/credit requirements

Reading Rockets - resources, including research, on reading for teachers, parents, and others


What the Experts Are Talking About

Here will be featured links to blogs and articles from reading researchers and experts. These selections are meant to give the reader pause and be thought provoking. They do not necessarily reflect the views of Montcalm Area ISD or its staff.

Reading Rockets Features Dr. Tim Shanahan on Close Reading

Nell Duke with Edutopia Blogs about What Doesn't Work

Reading Now Network

Logo for the Reading Now Network. Click on this logo to go to the Network's homepage.The Reading Now Network (RNN) was created in 2014 by 13 West Michigan counties. This network is a collective effort of superintendents, local school districts, and intermediate school districts in West Michigan to improve early literacy across grade levels. Using state student achievement data, the RNN conducted a field study of schools across the economic landscape and identified 5 key findings that lead to student reading success. Videos highlighting the 5 findings can be found on the RNN's homepage:  http://gomasa.org/readingnow


Featured Video


The Teaching Channel and Creative Commons team up to show how a high school teacher helps her students understand and use infographics.

For a transcript of this video as well as other materials including the lesson plan for using infographics, please go to:  https://www.teachingchannel.org/videos/infographics-in-lessons-edda#