All of us want children throughout Michigan to be successful. An important part of student success centers around proficiency in reading. That’s why a group of education experts developed new approaches for teachers to use in the classroom.

Literacy Essentials are free documents designed for Michigan educators to improve childhood literacy development. The Literacy Essentials provide research-proven, effective approaches to markedly improve literacy skills among Michigan’s youngest students.

Using the Literacy Essentials with every child, in every classroom, every day will help improve literacy among our youngest learners.Coaches engaged in a collaborative meeting

Essential Instructional Practices Compilation Book

A compilation of all Early Literacy Essential Practices in one book (does not include 6th-12th Gr. Essentials).

These booklets can be purchased by districts from International Minute Press at (517) 323-7777 or send an email to Request the "B-5th Grade Essentials Booklet". Books with no tabs are $7.11 per book. Books with tabs are $9.59 per book.
*Feel free to download the document and print in house.

Birth to Three EssentialsResearch-supported instructional practices to increase Michigan's capacity to improve children's literacy that should be the focus of professional development throughout the state.  Learn More 

Prekindergarten EssentialsResearch-supported instructional practices that can have a positive impact on prekindergarten literacy development.  Learn More

K to 3 EssentialsResearch-supported instructional practices that foster literacy development in kindergarten through third grade.  Learn More

Grades 4-5 EssentialsResearch-supported instructional practices specifically designed for literacy development among Michigan students in grades 4 and 5.  Learn More

6-12 EssentialsResearch-supported instructional practices specially designed fro literacy development among Michigan students for grades 6 through 12.  Learn More

School and Centerwide K-3 Ten organizational practices for all Michigan centers and schools.  Learn More

School and Center Secondary PracticesEight organizational practices for all Michigan middle and high school learning environments.  Learn More

Coaching PracticesEffective literacy coaching practices that should remain a focus of professional development for coaches.  Learn More

Literacy Theory of Action