Explicit Instruction in Elementary Reading

Explicit Instruction in Elementary Reading

In partnership with Model Teaching, an industry leader in supporting educators, this course will teach you how to implement the model of explicit instruction in your classroom for students in kindergarten through fifth grade. Model Teaching's Mission is to improve student performance by directly supporting teachers with quality content and resources. During your training, you will learn how to utilize the explicit instruction model in your classroom by planning for a skill and goal to focus on within your lesson and using support strategies to improve reading in your student groups.

3 Months Access / 8 Course Hrs
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This teacher professional development course will teach you how to implement the model of explicit instruction into your classroom, for students in kindergarten through fifth grade. In this course, you will learn about the explicit instruction model and how this research-backed method can improve reading in your students. You will learn what reading behaviors and skills to focus on in your lessons and how to build a plan that aligns with your students' goals.

You will also discover effective ways to measure student progress using various assessments. Using a variety of tools provided in this course, you will be able to build an explicit teaching strategy for immediate implementation in your classroom.

Enrollment Options:
3 Months Access Course Code: T14715
No Instructor, Start Anytime
$74.00 USD


  1. Common Reading Behaviors
    1. Receive an overview of reading assessments and progression of basic reading skills, then analyze the common reading behaviors you can expect to see at each elementary grade level.
  2. Defining Explicit Instruction
    1. Learn the meaning of explicit instruction, how you can utilize this method to teach reading skills, and what explicit instruction lessons can look like in an elementary classroom.
    2. Learn how to identify a reading behavior or skill you can teach in a future or current lesson and how to appropriately group students.
  3. Modeling & Guided Practice
    1. Learn how to model a new skill, then how to design activities to support students through guided practice.
    2. Then, learn how to plan for what guided practice might look like in a lesson of your content area and grade level.
  4. Independent Practice
    1. Learn about activities you can create and methods for implementing them into the independent practice portion of your lesson.
    2. Then, reflect on what independent practice might look like in a lesson of your content area and grade level.
  5. Assessment
    1. Analyze various assessments that can be utilized during and after explicit instruction to ensure instructional goals are met. Then reflect on how to select an appropriate assessment for a lesson of your content area and grade level.
  6. Putting it All Together
    1. Using the sample provided, build your explicit instruction lesson plan for an upcoming lesson.
  7. Applying What you Have Learned
    1. Get ideas on how to implement the concepts into your classroom, find a list of online resources that provide explicit instruction ideas and strategies, and read the research behind explicit instruction that supports this evidence- based professional development



There are no prerequisites to take this course.


Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC, Mac, or Chromebook.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 10 or later.
  • Mac: macOS 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox is preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Microsoft Word Online
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
  • Editing of a Microsoft Word document is required in this course. You may use a free version of Microsoft Word Online, or Google Docs if you do not have Microsoft Office installed on your computer. Model Teaching can provide support for this.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.