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WCPS Secondary English Language Arts & Reading Newsletter

Late April 2015 Edition

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The Maryland Society for Educational Technology (MSET) is featuring one of our own WCPS teachers in a virtual site visit! Join the class on May 7th from 12:45-1:30pm live (by clicking on the link) to see MSET's 2015 Spring Featured Educator David Dulberger and his wonderful 5th grade Magnet class at Emma K. Doub Elementary School during their ELA time. You'll be amazed at what these 5th graders know and can do!

Literary Nonfiction or Informational Text?

There is often confusion about the terms "informational text" and "literary nonfiction" in the CCSS. Let's clear up a few things:
  • The RI standard at each grade level in ELA 6-12 reads: "By the end of the year, read and comprehend literary nonfiction in the grades ___ text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range."
  • Literary nonfiction is also known as "creative nonfiction." It is a nonfiction type of prose that employs literary styles and techniques usually associated with literature. It is a type of informational text in which the author uses literary craft to present facts and ideas. Literary nonfiction is not only worth reading for the content, but also for the craft with which the author creates it.
  • Literary nonfiction can include memoirs, personal essays, opinion pieces (op-eds), speeches, photo essays, journalism, and argument.
  • Literary nonfiction is the "brand" of informational text that should be utilized in ELA classes. Informational texts that are not literary in craft should rarely be used in ELA.

Teaching Video Highlight

Resources to Explore

Poetry Nation

It is still National Poetry Month! Check out this Library of Congress Magazine that highlights poetry.

PARCC Vocabulary

This is a list of academic vocabulary that we will find on PARCC.

Leadership & Learning Opportunities

Don't Be Shy!

Have something to brag about? Want to highlight a great idea or resource? Don't be shy! Let Beth know so we can share with everyone!

The Office of English Language Arts

Beth Downin - Supervisor
Carroll Sager - Lead Teacher for Special Ed/ELA
Danae Doubledee - Lead Teacher for Elementary ELA
Elizabeth Lewis - Lead Teacher for Secondary ELA
Linda Lehman - Secretary