Literacy in the 21st Century

Ideas and Strategies to Address Literacy in the Classroom

Welcome to our smore!

This Smore will support you in learning more about Literacy in the Common Core and you will learn ways to address this Literacy requirement in your classroom. Welcome! I'm glad you are here!


My name is Tezella Cline. This Smore was first developed and used for teacher workshops when I was serving as Professional Development Specialist for a school district. I hope this digital tool will support you as you learn. Currently, I am serving as Assistant Principal at North Stanly Middle School in New London, NC. Read below to see the wonderful experiences I have had druing my 31 years in education.

  • EC Teacher - Learning Disabilities in Newport News, Virginia for 16 years (District Middle School Teacher of the Year)
  • EC Teacher - BED in Charlotte, North Carolina for four years (Spaugh Middle School Teacher of the Year, Shaklee National Teaching Award, 2000)
  • Full-time mentor/coach and lateral entry program trainer for beginning teachers in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools for three years.
  • Professional Development Specialist - Lenoir County Public Schools for eight years
  • Co Teacher/Inclusion Model- Hough High School/ Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools - one year
  • Assistant Principal - Stanly County Schools, Albemarle NC - current position... and the fun continues...

Please click on the link below to complete the survey.

Today's Meet Site For This Session

Digital Literacy Activity...

Use your digital device and log in to finish this statement:
Prompt 1- I love workshops that allow me to ...
Prompt 2 - Thus far, this workshop has been ...

Reflection Time Directions... Wiki Classrooms

In order to complete the reflection, you will visit the Wiki Classrooms site called, LiteracyforTeachers. You will click on the title, "Reflection Time" above. Once at that site, you will need to join using the code below:


Reflection: Relfect on the tools you have used thus far in this workshop. (SMORE, Google Forms, TodaysMeet) How has using these tools impacted your learning? What are you thinking? How might you apply/use these in your classroom?

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Workshop Introduction

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Tools we will use...

Pay Attention to Teaching Academic Vocabulary

Marzano’s Six Step Process

Teaching Academic Vocabulary

1. Provide a description, explanation, or example of the new term. (Include a non-linguistic representation of the term for ESL kids.)

2. Ask students to restate the description, explanation, or example in their own words. (Allow students whose primary existing knowledge base is still in their native language to write in it.)

3. Ask students to construct a picture, symbol, or graphic representing the word.

4. Engage students periodically in activities that help them add to their knowledge of the terms in their notebooks.

5. Periodically ask students to discuss the terms with one another. (Allow in native language when appropriate)

6. Involve students periodically in games that allow them to play with terms.

  • Also see Common Core Document - Appendix A - Vocabulary Development page 32

Assignment 1: Read, Comprehend, and Use Informational Text

Informational Articles...

  1. Locate and read your assigned article.
  2. Highlight and record key words that you believe are important to note.
  3. Identify the main idea and details that you believe are most important for teachers to know. (Independently)
  4. Record your notes and your key words from the article on your notepad. (on your Ipad)
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21st Century Framework

Route 21

Visit this website to learn more about the 21st Century Framework!