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Teaching Literacy in the Visible Learning Classroom, Grades 6-12

by Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey, John Hattie and Marisol Thayre Corwin Press
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It could happen at 10:10 a.m. in the midst of analyzing a text, at 2:00, when listening to a students’ debate, or even after class, when planning a lesson. The question arises: How do I influence students’ learning–what’s going to generate that light bulb Aha-moment of understanding?


In this sequel to their megawatt best seller Visible Learning for Literacy, Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey, and John Hattie help you answer that question by sharing structures and tools that have high-impact on learning, and insights on which stage of learning they have that high impact.


With their expert lessons, video clips, and online resources, you can design reading and writing experiences that foster in your students deeper and more sophisticated expressions of literacy:


  • Mobilizing Visible Learning: Use lesson design strategies based on research that included 500 million plus students to develop self-regulating learners able to “see” the purpose of what they are learning—and their own progress.

  • Teacher Clarity: Articulate daily learning intentions, success criteria, and other goals; understand what your learners understand, and design high-potency experiences for all students.

  • Direct Instruction: Embrace modeling and scaffolding as a critical pathway for students to learn new skills and concepts.

  • Teacher-Led Dialogic Instruction: Guide reading, writing, listening, speaking, and thinking by using strategic questioning and other teacher-led discussion techniques to help learners to clarify thinking, discuss, debate, and goal-set.

  • Student-Led Dialogic Learning: Promote intellectual, social, and creative growth with peer-mediated learning experiences that transfer to other subject areas, including history, science, math, and the visual and performing arts.

  • Independent Learning: Ensure that students deepen learning by designing relevant tasks that enable them to think metacognitively, set goals, and develop self-regulatory skills.

  • Tools to Use to Determine Literacy Impact: Know what your impact truly is with these research-based formative assessments for 6-12 learners.


With Teaching Literacy in the Visible Learning Classroom, take your students from surface to deep to transfer learning. It’s all about using the most effective practices—and knowing WHEN those practices are best leveraged to maximize student learning.


Chapter 1. Mobilizing Visible Learning for Literacy
Visible Learning for Literacy
Components of Effective Literacy Learning
Adolescent Literacy: Reading
Adolescent Literacy: Writing
Knowledge of How Students Learn
Developmental View of Learning
Meaningful Experiences and Social Interaction
Surface, Deep, and Transfer of Learning
What Students Need
Scheduling Instructional Time
Spotlight on Three Teachers
Chapter 2. Teacher Clarity
Understanding Expectations in Standards
Learning Intentions in Literacy
Student Ownership of Learning Intentions
Connecting Learning Intentions to Prior Knowledge
Make Learning Intentions Inviting and Engaging
Social Learning Intentions
Success Criteria in Literacy
Success Criteria Are Crucial for Motivation
Chapter 3. Deliberate and Direct Teaching
Teacher Modeling
Pair With Think-Alouds
The “Ia and “Whya of Think-Alouds
Students Should Think Aloud, Too
Checking for Understanding
Use Questions to Probe Student Thinking
Guided Instruction
Formative Evaluation During Guided Instruction
Independent Learning
Fluency Building
Spiral Review
Chapter 4. Teacher-Led Dialogic Instruction
Effective Talk, Not Just Any Talk
Foster Deep Learning and Transfer
Listen Carefully
Facilitate and Guide Discussion
Teacher-Led Tools for Dialogic Instruction
Anticipation Guides
Pinwheel Discussions
Opinion Stations
Close and Critical Reading
Scaffolded Reading With Small Groups
Chapter 5. Student-Led Dialogic Learning
The Value of Student-to-Student Discussion
The Social and Behavioral Benefits of Peer-Assisted Learning
Fostering Collaborative Discussions
Teach Students to Develop Their Own Questions
Student-Led Tools for Dialogic Learning
Gallery Walks
Book Clubs
Readers Theatre
Reciprocal Teaching
Peer Tutoring
Chapter 6. Independent Learning
Finding Flow
Independent Reading for Fluency and Knowledge Building
Independent Writing
Power Writing
Error Analysis
Extended Writing Prompts
Learning Words Independently
Independently Working With Words
Use Games to Foster Retention
Big Ideas About Independent Learning
Does It Promote Metacognition?
Does It Promote Goal Setting?
Does It Promote Self-Regulation?
Chapter 7. Tools to Use in Determining Literacy Impact
Do You Know Your Impact?
Do You Know Your Collective Impact?
Assessing Background Knowledge
Cloze Procedure
Vocabulary Matching Assessment
Assessing Reading Comprehension
Informal Reading Inventories
Reading Fluency
Metacomprehension Strategies Index (MSI)
Assessing Attitudes Toward Reading
Assessing Writing Fluency
Assessing Spelling
Assessing Writing Holistically
Literacy Design Collaborative Student Work Rubrics
Why Assess? Know Your Impact
Compendium of Assessments
Appendix: Effect Sizes

Douglas Fisher, Ph.D., is Professor of Educational Leadership at San Diego State University and a teacher leader at Health Sciences High & Middle College. He is the recipient of an IRA Celebrate Literacy Award, NCTE’s Farmer Award for Excellence in Writing, as well as a Christa McAuliffe Award for Excellence in Teacher Education.


Nancy Frey, Ph.D., is Professor of Literacy in the Department of Educational Leadership at San Diego State University. The recipient of the 2008 Early Career Achievement Award from the National Reading Conference, she is also a teacher-leader at Health Sciences High & Middle College and a credentialed special educator, reading specialist, and administrator in California.


Dr. John Hattie has been Professor of Education and Director of the Melbourne Education Research Institute at the University of Melbourne, Australia, since March 2011. He was previously Professor of Education at the University of Auckland. His research interests are based on applying measurement models to education problems. He is president of the International Test Commission, served as advisor to various Ministers, chaired the NZ performance based research fund, and in the last Queens Birthday awards was made “Order of Merit for New Zealand” for services to education. He is a cricket umpire and coach, enjoys being a Dad to his young men, besotted with his dogs, and moved with his wife as she attained a promotion to Melbourne. Learn more about his research at color=blue>


Marisol Thayre has a multifaceted range of teaching experience, from the middle and high school to university level. She earned her M.A. in English and Composition from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, is BCLAD and Leading Edge certified, and has experience teaching a large scope of students from various backgrounds. Marisol is especially interested in how students use different types of media to develop their own expertise as writers. Recently, Marisol has begun to share her knowledge with other teachers across the country as a presenter on Gradual Release of Responsibility, differentiated instruction, close reading and collaborative grouping. Marisol currently teaches English at Health Sciences High and Middle College, a charter school in San Diego.