The Daily 5™ is a framework for structuring literacy time so students develop lifelong habits of reading, writing, and working independently.

How does it work?

Students select from five authentic reading and writing choices, working independently toward personalized goals, while the teacher meets individual needs through whole-group and small-group instruction, as well as one-on-one conferring. These choices include

Read to Self,
Work on Writing,
Read to Someone,
Listen to Reading, and
Word Work.

 Daily 5 classrooms produce productive, highly engaged students who are developing a true love of literacy. 

The benefits of The Daily 5 include: 

  • Students develop independence, stamina, and accountability.
  • Less time is consumed by classroom management so it leaves more time for instruction.
  • The framework adapts flawlessly to district-adopted curriculums and state mandates.
  • It improves school-wide literacy achievement.
  • Behaviors of independence transfer to other content areas.


Gail Boushey and Joan Moser

www.thedailycafe.com/daily-5