Reading and Writing Resources for CTE

Recommended Sites

MAX Teaching with Reading and Writing ®
Max Teaching is a great resource for teachers at all grade levels to motivate, engage, and challenge students for improvement in reading, writing, and critical thinking.  In Pennsylvania, many career and technical centers have chosen to adopt MAX Teaching, using the book listed on this website.

Collins Writing Program
Collins Writing is a reputable program to integrate writing across the curriculum.  The Collins approach views "writing as thinking" and recommends "focused correction areas" in guiding students through the writing process.

Thinkport
Thinkport provides an excellent variety of graphic organizers in HTML, PDF, and Word format.  Many CTE instructors depend on graphic organizers to enable students to think through difficult concepts.

How do you expect me to teach Reading and Writing Teacher Handbook
This 82-page handbook of literacy strategies and lesson plans was created for CTE instructors.

Reading Rockets
Reading Rockets gives teachers a wide variety of literacy strategies.  Their chart allows teachers to choose strategies for use before, during, and/or after reading.

Read/Write/Think
Read/Write/Think provides strategy guides for educators to improve their literacy instruction. 

Building Academic Skills in Context: Embedding Literacy in Career and Technology Education
This handout was created by a school improvement consultant in 2008 for the purpose of helping CTE teachers embed literacy in their curriculum.

Strategies to Support Struggling Readers in Career & Technical Subjects
This handout was created by literacy coordinators in 2011 to coach CTE teachers on effectively integrating literacy into their instruction

Writing that Works
This 100-page guide to technical writing was creating by a community college instructor.  It aims to support a general audience of educators looking for real-life writing activities for the classroom. 

Learning Point
Learning Point lists many instructional strategies here for improving reading. 

MindTools
MindTools explains strategies to help students read efficiently.

Writing Resources for Self-Directed Learners
For motivated teachers and students wishing to improve their writing skills or anyone needing a quick reference, Purdue's Online Writing Lab provides the most comprehensive instruction for writers online.

Recommended Books

What Really Matters for Struggling Readers: Designing Research-Based Programs
Teaching Reading in the Content Areas: If Not Me, Then Who?
Mind Matters: Teaching for Thinking
How to Read a Book
Mosaic of Thought: Teaching Comprehension in a Reader's Workshop
Strategies that Work: Teaching Comprehension to Enhance Understanding
Smart Tests: Teacher-Made Test that Help Students Learn
Tools for Teaching Content Literacy
Do I Really Have to Teach Reading? Content Comprehension Grades 6-12
Raising Reading Achievement in Middle and High Schools: 5 Simple-to-Follow Strategies or Principles
Words, Words, Words: Teaching Vocabulary in Grades 4-12
I Read It, But I Don't Get It: Comprehension Strategies for Adolescent Readers
Teaching Reading in Mathmatics
Teaching Reading in Science
Teaching Reading in Social Studies