Literacy at Work Web Series from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

See literacy in action with Literacy at Work. This HMH original web series features professional writers, creators, and educators who offer valuable lessons about their chosen field. With their real-world insights, students learn about poetry, journalism, screenwriting, and more. Each episode is paired with a free teaching guide and student worksheet for whole-class or individual instruction.

Featured Episodes

Watch these free episodes and use the paired resources to foster creativity and critical thinking and build your students' writing skills.

How to Write a Rap | Grades 6–12

Learn how rap connects to literacy and fosters confidence in this lesson with educator and author Dr. Chris Emdin. Students use literary language and personal stories to create a rap persona and perform lyrical verses.

Featured Guest: Dr. Chris Emdin

Watch the trailer and get the free accompanying resources by clicking the images below.

Writing a Personality Feature | Grades 6–12

Renowned educator and journalist Esther Wojcicki shares a tried-and-true lesson to get students engaging in journalism. In this nine-minute episode, students brainstorm questions, conduct interviews, and plan personality features. The paired resources provide instructions and tips for writing an effective article.

Featured Guest: Esther Wojcicki

Watch the trailer and get the free accompanying resources by clicking the images below.


How to Write a Poem | Grades 6–8

Join teaching poet Glenis Redmond in this six-minute episode to learn helpful tips for writing a self-portrait poem. Students use poetic elements, like alliteration and anaphora, to share their personal stories.

Featured Guest: Glenis Redmond

Watch the trailer and get the free accompanying resources by clicking the images below.


Coming Soon

Click the image below to watch the trailer, and look out for the full episode, coming soon!

The Writers Room | Grades 6–12

Watch the trailer for the upcoming episode of Literacy at Work, “The Writers Room.” Learn how to create a pitch for a television episode with special guest Duane Capizzi, a writer and showrunner for the Netflix series Carmen Sandiego.

Featured Guest: Duane Capizzi

Click the image below to watch the trailer, and look out for the full episode, coming soon!