6-12 Literacy Update

January 22, 2015

5 Access Points to The Academic Focus

Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening Using High Quality Text in Every Classroom Every Day!

1. Writing from Sources

2. Building knowledge through content-rich nonfiction.

3. Reading, Writing, and Speaking Grounded in Evidence from the Text

4. Regular practice with Complex Text and Academic Vocabulary

5. Balanced Literacy/Gradual Release of Learning to Scaffold Students to Independence

Input Scores for District Writing Diagnotic II into Infinite Campus by January 23, 2015

Writing From Sources-Using Paragraph Frames

Writing from Sources is something all teachers struggle to teach across curriculum. English teachers have been shouldering the burden, when writing actually happen across the curriculum. Listen as Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Program Consultant Carol Jago discusses writing from sources. In your grade level meetings, share Constructed Response Writing Frames with your colleagues so that they can help scaffold student writing.

Click this direct link to Writing Frames on our ELA SharePoint site: http://tinyurl.com/kcg7z7m

Writing from Sources with Carol Jago

Upcoming Professional Learning

Department Chair Meeting.........Jan. 29th

Instructional Coach Meeting......Feb. 3rd

Coordinate Algebra Poetry Contest......Feb. 9th

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March 2-3, 2015

The Hyatt Regency Atlanta - Peachtree

Participants will learn:

•Why teachers are being asked to teach reading with more complex text

•What the research says about teaching students at their "instructional reading level"

•How to scaffold the reading of complex texts so that students can learn effectively

•What close reading REALLY is

•How to develop and enhance close reading skills

•Specific criteria for formulating and evaluating close reading questions

Dr. Timothy Shanahan is Distinguished Professor of Urban Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago where he is Director of the UIC Center for Literacy. He was director of reading for the Chicago Public Schools, serving 437,000 students. He is author of editor of more than 200 publications including the books Teaching with the Common Core Standards for the English Language Arts, and Early Childhood Literacy. His research emphasizes the connections between learning to read and learning to write, literacy in the disciplines, and improvement of reading achievement.

Admission to the seminar is $395 per person and includes continental breakfast. Register for 4 or more and receive a $20 discount each.

Visit corelearn.com/Events/CORE-Events.html.

For questions, email events@corelearn.com.

Dr. Alisha Hill

6-12 Literacy Coordinator

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