This page contains professional, research-based, and theoretical articles regarding literacy development.

BuildingComprehensionThroughPreDuringPostReading.JPG - An excellent article that contains tons of practical ideas for supporting students' comprehension in each of the three phases of reading.

ComprensionLectoraBasadaEnEvidencias.JPG - A blog devoted to issues related to reading comprehension. Most of the entries summarize studies on reading comprehension interventions (mostly in elementary schools)

FromBiliteracyToPluriliteracies.JPG - The section on pedagogy on pages 7-8 may be useful to teachers

NCLRCTheEssentialsOfLanguageTeaching.gif - Helpful modules designed to help language teachers learn to teach the 4 skills (including reading)

TeachingLiteracyInSpanish.JPG- Many practical strategies for teaching literacy in Spanish with special emphasis on word walls.

TheSecondGradeSuperKids.png - Fantastic blog by Krista Carlson filled with creative, high quality ideas and resources for teaching language arts, math, and science in Dual Language Immersion (1st - 3rd grade).

Adair-Hauck, B. (1996). Practical whole language strategies for secondary and university-level foreign language students. Foreign Language
Annals, 29(2), pp. 253-270. - Offers a rationale for the use of whole language and includes a complete lesson plan for the legend ‘La hija del torero,’ along with a copy of the story in both Spanish and English with activity masters.

Barnett, Marva A. (1988). Teaching reading in a foreign language. ERIC Digest. Retrieved November 11, 2014, from

Moeller, A.J. (1992). Literature: A rich resource for teaching language and culture in context. Central States Reports: Creative Approaches in Foreign Language Teaching, pp. 32-49. - Rationale for and explanation of how to utilize children’s literature at the secondary level. It also includes a detailed lesson plan for the story ‘The Bremen Town Musicians’ (available in German and Spanish) and a variety of activities that can be used in conjunction with the story. Even if you do not intend to teach the story, the activities are well worth perusing as they could be applied to many other texts.

Williams, Ray. (1983, March). Teaching the recognition of cohesive ties in reading a foreign language. Reading in a Foreign Language, 1(1), pp. 35-52. Retrieved November 11, 2014, from

*Yopp, H.K. & Yopp, R.H. (?). Literature-Based Reading Activities. Allyn & Bacon: Boston. - A SUPERB variety of generic pre-reading, during reading, and post-reading strategies and activities, as well as sample activities for specific children’s books in English.