10 ReadyGEN Features That Improve
ELA Instruction



Use the Gradual Release Model

ReadyGEN moves from teacher-directed to student-centered learning. Every lesson follows the Gradual Release of Responsibility Model with the goal of building independent readers and writers.

Gradual Release Model


”I Do, We Do, You Do.”


Big Ideas


Focus on Big Ideas and Deeper Meaning

ReadyGEN unit themes are thought provoking and open-ended. They help students explore different angles of a unifying concept and promote in-depth understanding. 

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Teach with Authentic Texts 

Put 12 full-length literary and informational texts in the hands of every child. Harness the power of authentic texts for literacy and language learning. Meet your state’s text complexity requirements.

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Authentic Texts




Connect Reading and Writing Every Day

At the heart of ReadyGEN is the reciprocity between reading and writing. Students write to sources and cite evidence, developing close reading habits. They write in different modes, including Informative, Narrative, and Opinion writing. The writing process guides students with a clear approach. 



Read Closely and Cite Evidence in Text

Each ReadyGEN lesson includes a Close Reading routine. Students learn how to approach complex texts by citing text evidence, exploring key ideas and details, and analyzing craft and structure. 


Cite Evidence


Generate Vocabulary


Generate Vocabulary

ReadyGEN uses a generative approach to vocabulary instruction. Words are taught in clusters, with a focus on key words that are critical to understanding the text.  



Accelerate Learning for All

Scaffolded instruction helps you teach all learners. Use modeling, read alouds, graphic organizers, and small group work. The Scaffolded Strategies Handbook helps modify lessons.  

Accelerate Learning


ReadyUP! Intervention


Intervene When Students Struggle

Close gaps right away. ReadyUp! offers integrated intervention that pulls students up, not out. Access in-depth instruction, practice, and assessment when students need it.



Use Authentic, Performance-Based Assessments

Task-based writing activities improve reading comprehension. A culminating Performance-Based Assessment allows students to present, reflect, and respond to a task.

Performance-Based Assessments




Engage Students with Technology

Interactive anchor texts, digital publishing tools, and game-based online activities increase student engagement while building literacy skills. Encourage learning anytime and anywhere!