THE BEST OF THE MARSHALL MEMO

Carefully chosen summaries to energize leadership, teaching, and learning

Proficiency in Reading, Writing, and Oral Language


Implementing Effective Literacy Instruction

  1. Four key elements in effective literacy instruction
  2. Literacy experiences children should have every day
  3. What's missing in many literacy programs

Maximizing Reading Success

  1. What we need to know about the reading brain
  2. Reading Recovery's lessons for regular classrooms
  3. A balanced approach to challenge
  4. "Restorative" literacy practices that close the achievement gap

Teaching and Assessing Writing

  1. Five principles of good writing
  2. Keys to effective writing instruction
  3. Teaching writing effectively
  4. Making optimal use of the six-trait writing rubrics
  5. Advice on nurturing student writers

Building Strong Vocabularies

  1. Vocabulary development as an essential leverage point
  2. Myths about teaching vocabulary and how to get past them
  3. Early systematic teaching of sophisticated vocabulary

Professional Learning Suggestions