Essential Instructional Practices in Early Literacy: K-3 Essential 8

Michigan is taking action to turn around the substandard trends in early literacy the state has seen in recent years. This course outlines Essential 8 in the series of research-supported instructional practices designed to positively impact literacy development in K-3. Essential 8 stresses providing an abundance of reading material and opportunities for students. 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,
  • Discover techniques to provide a diverse array of texts for your students that also connect with their backgrounds and interests, and
  • View classroom videos that demonstrate the essential in practice.

SCECHs Granted


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