|Abstract||Little is known about standard literacy instruction that describes the teaching occurring in secondary schools. The purpose of this paper is to publicize findings from an observational study using objective criteria for measuring instructional time, amounts of teacher talk, and directionality of student-talk during consecutive days of instruction in a sixth-grade Language Arts classroom across two schools characterized by different socioeconomic status. Teacher behavior was analyzed for four different teachers in two different school districts using video recordings captured using a video camera at the back of the classroom. The behaviors were examined using the online video coding software, Vosaic Connect. Findings from this descriptive practice are recommendations for general and special educators, pre-service-training professionals, and researchers developing secondary interventions.