A DISTRICT PERSPECTIVE: SCAFFOLDING TEXT COMPLEXITY FOR AT-RISK READERS by Tara Boyer
Perhaps the increased rigor of the common core will help us to eradicate the gap between those students who are reading at grade level and those who are not.
Even so, the process will not be immediate.
And while I support the common core, I also realize that not all students will be able to read independently at the lowest level of the text bands without scaffolding, let alone at the high end of the text bands.
The text is more complex.The text covers a wider range of genres and formats.There is a greater emphasis on evidence-based questioning.Students are exposed to more authentic text.Shared responsibility for students' literacy development.Focus on academic vocabulary.
Demonstrating a rigorous approach to close reading with text-dependent questions, our 21 lesson exemplars, written by teachers, each contain full materials for up to five lessons, including printable texts, student discussion activities and writing-based assessments. To simplify your search, we've separated them into fiction and nonfiction and organized them by grade.
We're happy to share ten new sample lessons based on the following popular texts:
The Wind - grades K-2 fiction"The Digestive Process Beings" and "Final Digestion and Absorption" - grade 7 nonfictionMy Mother, the Scientist - grade 7 nonfictionThe Omnivore's Dilemma: The Secrets Behind What You Eat - grade 7 nonfictionAs You Like It - grade 7 fictionRomeo and Juliet - grade 8 fiction1984 - grade 8 fictionDulce et Decorum Est - grade 8 fictionI am an American Day - grades 11-12 nonfictionThe Gospel of Wealth - grades 11-12 nonfiction
Via Deb Gardner
How do we help novice learners become more expert? Peter Skillen uses collaborative journal writing environments to move kids beyond social talk into deeper thinking.
Skillen begins this post by comparing novice learners and expert learners. He states (all quoted below):
* Novices typically don't plan, monitor, and reflect on their learning.
* Expert learners use 'multiple representations."
* Novices typically don't generate a number of potential solution strategies.
* Novices engage in 'knowledge telling' rather than 'knowledge transformation.'
* Expert learners make multiple passes at knowledge.
* Experts view 'mistakes' as opportunities.
There are two additional statements and each includes additonal information.
He then looks at scaffolded journal writing and provides a variety of sentence starters to help students move "along the continuum from novice to expert." You will find Planning Starters, Reflection Starters, Comment or Discussion Starters, and Elaboration Triggers.
The final portion of this post discusses challenges, and the need "to engage your students in developing their own sentence starters."
Within these Common Core standards are six fundamental shifts that all educators (not just English teachers!) need to understand.
Balance Literacy and Informational TextBuild Background KnowledgeProvide a "Staircase of Complexity"Provide text-based evidenceArgumentative WritingUse increasingly complex textBuild Academic VocabularyConventions of Standard English
Via Mel Riddile
My county has new unit overviews based of the Core Curriculum that are fantastic! I might be biased because I helped write them with a great group of educators :) You can check them out here: Manatee County Curriculum, ...
These lesson planning templates have drop-down menus for all the CCSS as well as checkboxes for strategies. Click on each to see larger image and to download the file. (Download free CCSS one pagers-all ccss on 1 pg for quick reference.
If you are a regular reader of my blog, you know that I posted a blog several days ago entitled Six Text Type Pairings for Critical Thinking & Common Core Success. However, among the documents published April 30, 2013 on thePARCC website is a PowerPoint entitled “PARCC ELA Passage Selection Guidelines” within which is a entitled “Standards Call for Seven Types of Paired Passages” (slide 14) that are demanded in adherence to the Common Core ELA/Literacy Standards.
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