ELAR/SLAR Plan: Instructional Routines (Part 3)

As part of completing the ELAR/SLAR plan, users can provide the instructional steps for each day of the lesson. These steps can include any or all of the balanced literacy focus areas: Word Study, Reading, Shared Reading, Independent Reading, and Writing.

SITE ACCESS: Tools > My Content > My Plans


If you are generating a new plan, please refer to the Create ELAR/SLAR Plans support guide for the initial creation steps.


If you are updating an existing plan, use the search filters on the My Plans page to locate the desired ELAR/SLAR plan and select the Edit link next to the Options button.

the search filter section of the my plans page

the my plans results list showing a sample plan

the options column of the my plans list with an arrow pointing to the edit option


Scroll to the Instructional Routines section toward the bottom of the page. To add instructional routines for each day of instruction, click the Create New button and then the Instructional Routine button.

the instructional routines section of the plan with an outline around the create button and an arrow pointing to the instructional routine option


In the Daily Lesson # field, enter a number for the day the instruction takes place within the lesson, and check/uncheck the appropriate boxes for the table view. Click the Save button when you are done.

the edit table properties section with an outline around the daily lesson number text entry field and an outline around the table column option check boxes


The column headers selected appear in the lesson plan table. In this example, the first day of the lesson will focus on Word Study, Shared Reading, etc..

the instructional routines table with an outline around the column headers


To add Instructional Routines for day 2 of the lesson, click the Create New button and Instructional Routine option again. Repeat the steps above but select the focus areas appropriate to the second day of the lesson. Both days of the lesson will then appear in the Instructional Routines section.


To complete each daily lesson, click on any cell in the table to open the text editor tool and enter the desired information.

the instructional routines table with an arrow pointing to the cell under the word study column and duration and objective row

the edit cell property window with an outline around sample text in the text entry field

Click on the Add From My Favorites icon to select files from your My Favorites section or the District Resources Manager (schoolhouse) icon to select files shared by your district.

the cell editor toolbar with arrows pointing to the add from my favorites icon and district resources manager icon, respectively

Click the Save button when you are finished.

the edit cell property window with an arrow pointing to the save button in the bottom right corner


Continue adding Instructional Routines until all days of the lesson are covered.


When all portions of the plan have been entered, click on the Revised Date field at the bottom of the page and enter the current date. If this is a shared plan, it is ideal to enter the name or initials of the person who last updated the page.

the bottom of the plan editing page showing the revised date field with an arrow pointing to a sample date and user initials in the text entry field


This date will appear in the lower, right corner when you Preview the plan page, indicating when the plan was last updated.

a preview of the plan with an arrow pointing to the last updated date in the bottom right corner


Click the Save button along the top menu bar to confirm your selections and content entered thus far. To view what the plan will look like at this point in time, click the Preview button. 

the top of the editing plan page with arrows pointing to the preview button and save button, respectively


Once plans have been completed, they can either be shared with colleagues within your district or submitted to an administrator for review.

Click the links below to learn more about these features:

Plan Collaboration

Submit Plans for Review

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