Explicit Instruction

As educators, we all have the same goal—to help our students make the maximum possible academic gains in a positive, respectful environment that promotes their success and nurtures their desire to learn. One of the most effective tools available to us in pursuit of this goal is explicit instruction—instruction that is systematic, direct, engaging, and success oriented.


2011 / 290 pp., including 5 pp. reproducible forms and 25 pp. Feedback on Application Exercises
For Grades:
  • Anita Archer
  • Charles A. Hughes
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Explicit instruction has been shown to promote achievement for all students.

Explicit Instruction: Effective and Efficient Teaching, a highly practical and accessible resource, gives special and general education teachers the tools to implement explicit instruction in any grade level or content area.

Drs. Archer and Hughes are leading experts who provide clear guidelines for identifying key concepts, skills, and routines to teach, designing and delivering effective lessons, and giving students opportunities to practice and master new material. Sample lesson plans, lively examples, and reproducible checklists and teacher worksheets enhance the utility of the volume. Topics include:

  • Exploring the Foundations of Explicit Instruction
  • Designing Lessons: Skills and Strategies
  • Designing Lessons: Vocabulary and Concepts
  • Designing Lessons: Rules
  • Organizing for Instruction
  • Delivering Instruction: Eliciting Responses
  • Delivering Instruction: Other Critical Delivery Skills
  • Providing Appropriate Independent Practice

The book includes sections with:

  • Conclusions
  • Reproducible Materials
  • Feedback on Application Exercises


Webinar Recordings

Join Anita Archer to learn how to apply Explicit Instruction principles to online learning!

The Magic Is in the INSTRUCTION, Part 1
Applying the Principles of Explicit Instruction to ONLINE Teaching of Strategies, Concepts, and Vocabulary Terms

The Magic Is in the INSTRUCTION, Part 2
Applying the Principles of Explicit Instruction to ONLINE Teaching of Facts, Knowledge and Content-Area Passage Reading




  • Anita Archer

    Anita L. Archer, Ph.D., is an educational consultant to school districts on explicit instruction, the design and delivery of instruction, behavior management, and literacy instruction. Over the course of her 40-year career, Dr. Archer has taught elementary and middle school students and has served on the faculties of San Diego State University, the University of Washington, and the University of Oregon. She is nationally recognized for her professional development activities, having presented workshops and seminars in every state. Dr. Archer is coauthor, with Dr. Mary Gleason, of numerous curriculum materials addressing reading, writing, and study skills. She is the recipient of ten awards honoring her excellence in teaching and her contributions to the field of education.

  • Charles A. Hughes

    Charles A. Hughes, Ph.D., is Professor of Special Education in the Department of Education and School Psychology at the Pennsylvania State University and Adjunct Senior Scientist at the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning in Lawrence.