Welcome to The Literacy Cookbook

Recipes for Effective Literacy Instruction


The Literacy Cookbook Website is designed like a house with rooms upstairs (visible to everyone) and corresponding rooms in the basement (in the Download Zone).

To access ALL of the hundreds and hundreds of files in the Download Zone, you need an annual subscription to The Literacy Cookbook.  Individual membership is only $50/year; groups receive a discounted rate.  CLICK HERE for details.  It takes less than 2 minutes to sign up!  (NOTE: If you read the TLC Blog or purchase one of my books, you can also receive a 50%-off discount!)


TRYING TO DECIDE whether or not to subscribe?  Take a look around! (PS, this is not a site map, just some highlights!)

If you’re looking for ideas about…

Check out this TLC page:





Guided Reading

Independent Reading



Public Speaking, Skits, Debates



Critical Thinking

Test Prep


If you haven’t already done so, I would also recommend following The Literacy Cookbook Blog, which features my latest thinking on how to meet and exceed the Common Core Standards (and it's FREE).  On the TLC Blog homepage, in the top right-hand corner, enter your Email address, and the posts (about 3-4/month) will come directly to your inbox! 

HERE ARE SOME FREE SAMPLES from the Connecting Reading, Writing, Test Prep page.  Just click on the titles below to download them.

You can also find MORE FREE SAMPLES on the Socratic Seminars page!

Think about what an extensive set of resources this membership will provide to your staff!  These documents provide a simple springboard for discussions about how to teach literacy across the curriculum and how to meet the Common Core Standards.  Teachers will develop shared understandings about literacy and won't have to reinvent the wheel for assignments and rubrics.  Check out For LEADERS for more ideas about how to benefit from this site.  If you would like to line up additional training for your staff, learn more about Tantillo Consulting.

Are you struggling to figure out how to teach students how to comprehend?  Frustrated with the quality of their writing?  Trying to figure out how to meet the Common Core Standards???  Think about how much time you can save by having these documents at your fingertips!  (PS-- Check with your supervisor to see if your school can afford a group subscription!)

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