Elementary Literacy Support

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Just like scientists who overcome a myriad of complications to send streamlined vessels rocketing to the heavens, it takes knowledgeable, confident teachers to navigate through the latest reading research and turn theory into successful practice.


"Teaching reading IS rocket science."


Louisa Moats

Why is it important to have explicit phonemic awareness instruction in the early grades? What is the difference between a comprehension strategy and a comprehension skill? Can you name the components of a balanced literacy program?  Find the answers to these questions and more on The Literacy Circle Reading Page.


The Big Five

ASD is in the fifth year of using the School Board adopted reading program, Houghton Mifflin. HM is based on scientific reading research. It includes the five essential elements outlined by the National Reading Panel for effectively teaching a comprehensive literacy program:

1. Phonemic Awareness

2. Phonics

3. Fluency

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4. Vocabulary

5. Comprehension


ASD READING and writing GLEs

See the ASD grade level expectations.


Reading Correlation Chart

Get a PDF copy of the chart


Recommended Sites
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Houghton Mifflin

Pacing guides

Please visit the Academic Plans page to download the academic plan for your grade level. The plans include a "Year at a Glance" page that details which themes and units should be taught each quarter.


Scope and Sequence

Download a PDF of the HM reading scope and sequence


HM Curriculum Links



HM Curriculum Link Spiral

Grades 1–3

Grades 4–6

SEL and HM alignments

SEL standards while teaching HM lessons


Combination Classrooms


Lists of Literature
Supporting HM Themes


Leveled Reader DRA
Correlation Charts


HM Differentiation

Download a list of HM materials that can be used for differentiation (PDF).


HM Reading at a Glance