Essential Instructional Practices in Early Literacy: K-3 Essential 1

Michigan is taking action to turn around the substandard literacy trends the state has seen in recent years. This course outlines the foundations and Essential 1 in the series of research-supported practices designed to positively impact literacy development in K-3. In Essential 1, you will focus on motivating and engaging students during literacy instruction. You will also become familiar with the current state of early literacy performance as well as research and methods that uphold this essential. This course is part of the Essential Instructional Practices in Early Literacy, K-3 series.

In this course, you will:

  • Recognize the state of Early Literacy in Michigan and your role in the improvement process,
  • Assess your current knowledge of Early Literacy teaching methods, especially this essential practice,
  • Develop methods that will motivate and engage students in reading and writing within and across lessons, and
  • View classroom videos that demonstrate the essential in practice.

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Who should take this course?


What grade level(s) does this course apply to?

Early Childhood
Lower Elementary
Upper Elementary

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Course Vendor

Michigan Virtual