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Scott Filkins

Scott Filkins


National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)

International Literacy Association (ILA)



Champaign, IL
Literacy Coach

"I've been impressed at how often I've been able to recommend and adapt ReadWriteThink resources with colleagues in coaching situations."

Scott Filkins's Story
ReadWriteThink is an Entry Point to Professional Growth

I take my role as a teacher and literacy coach seriously, gaining satisfaction from the intensity of collaboration with other teachers as we work together to implement effective ways of supporting learning through literacy in their classrooms. But I also enjoy the excitement that comes with every class period with students, not always knowing for sure where the fifty minutes will take us. I like to think of ReadWriteThink as my entry point into other resources from NCTE and IRA. Iíll often find a link to an article from English Journal or The Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy that I may have missed. Iíve also found book titles related to lessons I like that have become the starting point of more sustained professional development.


Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Series

Text Messages: Recommendations for Adolescent Readers

Text Messages is a monthly podcast providing families, educators, out-of-school practitioners, and tutors reading recommendations they can pass along to teen readers. Each episode will feature in-depth recommendations of titles that will engage and excite teen readers.


Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Sonic Patterns: Exploring Poetic Techniques Through Close Reading

Students develop close reading skills connecting sound with sense in the poem "Those Winter Sundays," and write an original text that reflects their new learning.


Grades   6 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Learning About Language

Word Matrix

Explore the similarities and differences among words typically considered synonyms with this tool that allows middle- and secondary-level students organize groups of words by connotation on one axis and by register on another.


Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 4

President Barack Obama was born today in 1961.

Students are introduced to a passage by President Barack Obama in his book Dreams from My Father and are encouraged to engage in an examination of the ways they are portrayed by the media.