16 11, 2021

How to Ensure Student Success with an Integrated Literacy Unit

2021-11-16T19:52:07+00:00

In this article you will learn…

  • It is critical that students have a clear roadmap for what they will be learning, how they will learn it, and how they will demonstrate their new learning. In an integrated literacy unit that roadmap is a standards-based writing prompt and scoring guide.
  • Students will be more confident when they understand what they are expected to produce—the prompt—and what high quality looks like—the scoring guide.
  • What makes an effective writing prompt, what makes an effective scoring guide, and the sequence of an integrated literacy unit.
How to Ensure Student Success with an Integrated Literacy Unit2021-11-16T19:52:07+00:00
5 11, 2021

How to Build Integrated Literacy Units that Develop 21st Century Learners

2021-11-05T20:35:15+00:00

In this article you will learn…

  • That to be college and career ready, students need to be able to gather, comprehend, evaluate, synthesize, and report on information and ideas, to conduct original research in order to answer questions or solve problems, and to analyze and create a high volume and extensive range of print and nonprint texts in media forms old and new.
  • It is incumbent on teachers to provide instruction that builds students’ receptive skills through reading and listening, their thinking skills through analyzing the information they are receiving, and their productive skills through writing and speaking about their thinking.
  • The standards design supports teachers to integrate the standards into literacy units so students can:
    • Access information by reading and researching a variety of sources.
    • Analyze information by critiquing, clarifying, examining, and discussing it.
    • Apply their new learning by communicating it to others through written and spoken language.
How to Build Integrated Literacy Units that Develop 21st Century Learners2021-11-05T20:35:15+00:00
28 10, 2021

How to Utilize the Correlations Between the Strands of Literacy to Support Integration, Conceptual Redundancy, and Mastery

2021-10-29T03:29:42+00:00

In this article you will learn…

  • The standards clearly articulate a shared responsibility for literacy development and were designed with embedded correlations that support conceptual redundancy, reciprocity, and integration.
  • The reading and writing standards are correlated by skills between reading type and content area.
  • The standards are designed with correlations that lead to integration of standards across literacy strands and content areas. 
How to Utilize the Correlations Between the Strands of Literacy to Support Integration, Conceptual Redundancy, and Mastery2021-10-29T03:29:42+00:00
20 10, 2021

How to Determine Measurable and Achievable Skills within the Standards

2021-12-14T02:50:24+00:00

In this article you will learn…

  • The standards define end-of-year expectations, but each one is too complex to be taught—and mastered—in one lesson and must be broken down into distinct skills.
  • There is a pattern to every standard and when you understand it you can easily begin to determine and identify the measurable and achievable skills.
  • Just as each standard is not designed to be addressed as a whole, nor should its skills be addressed in one lesson but over a series of lessons—from initial instruction of each skill to practice to application to integration of the skills in the standard and with other standards—until it is mastered, which means the students have the ability to transfer the skill across time. 
How to Determine Measurable and Achievable Skills within the Standards2021-12-14T02:50:24+00:00
15 10, 2021

How Learning Progressions in the Standards Support Students AND Their Teachers

2021-10-15T18:24:51+00:00

In this article you will learn…

  • The authors of the literacy standards wrote the standards with the end in mind by starting with the College and Career Readiness (CCR) standards, which define the ultimate expectations in each strand and anchor the grade-specific standards.
  • With the CCR standards serving as the ultimate goal, the grade-level standards were intentionally crafted as a clear and cumulative path from kindergarten to college and career readiness.
  • How teachers can leverage these progressions to focus instruction on the skills specific to their grade level, make connections to what was previously taught, and build a foundation for what is to come. 
How Learning Progressions in the Standards Support Students AND Their Teachers2021-10-15T18:24:51+00:00