Articles & Handouts

Greetings All,

Welcome to the Articles & Handouts page for We are glad you are here! We envision a forum where you can talk freely among yourselves about issues, ideas, questions, and thoughts about literacy teaching and learning, staff development, education policy, and education in general. We will post articles of interest for your pleasure and to stimulate broad based discussion among you. We very much look forward to hearing from you!


Stephanie Harvey

Comprehension at the Core by Stephanie Harvey and Anne Goudvis

Anne & Steph's thinking on how comprehension still lays a foundation for all thinking and learning. From The Reading Teacher.

Multiple Genres for Informational Text

The Common Core Standards expect students to read and understand a wide range of informational text types. Some of those are featured here.

Multiple Genres for Informational Text.pdf

Teaching for Historical Literacy, from Educational Leadership

The latest post is from Ed Leadership, March 2012. Anne Goudvis and I contributed this article entitled, Teaching for Historical Literacy. It describes a number of essential literacy practices for teaching history with comprehension at the core. Enjoy!

Six Reading Habits to Develop in Your First Year at Harvard

I have posted this document on critical reading that Harvard sends to incoming freshman. It has been recently updated at the Harvard site so I have added the link here. Many of you have seen me share it in workshops and we have included it in some of our publications, so I am now making it available here. Enjoy!

Common Core Standards

Greetings, I have posted two documents that correlate the Comprehension Toolkit lessons and the Primary Toolkit lessons to the informational text Common Core Standards. Feel free to download. Primary teachers click on the K-2 correlations. Intermediate teachers click on the 3-6 correlations. Best, Steph

Creativity Crisis

Greetings all,

I have posted these two Ted Talks from Sir Ken Robinson that I thought might be of interest to many of you. I  am particularly enamoured with the animated speech.   HIs notion that our testing frenzy has lead to the creativity crisis gives pause and is worth thinking and talking about.  



Comprehension Continuum

This is the Comprehension Continuum chart that Stephanie distributed at her recent workshop at the Arizona Reading Association.

Chapter from Comprehension Going Forward

Our first post is my chapter in Comprehension Going Forward: Where We Are and What’s Next, an upcoming book to be published by Heinemann in February of 2011. Edited by Smokey Daniels, this book includes chapters from some of your favorite authors including Anne Goudvis, Ellin Keene, Marjorie Larner, Debbie Miller, Cris Tovani and more. It takes a look at the state of comprehension instruction today and offers a view of where it is headed in the future. Comprehension Going Forward concludes with a reflective, thoughtful and very compelling afterword by P.