4-8 Reading Language Arts

Fall 2020 Professional Development

A New Way of Learning Together

As we work through this fall, we will continue to provide services to you; consulting, workshops, and brainstorming sessions.


In the month of October, we will be focusing our energy and time on synchronous and asynchronous learning opportunities for teachers. We will address specific strategies for specific skills:

  • Writing a thesis statement from a topic/idea.
  • How can you "sneak in" Word Study?
  • Interpreting words and phrases.
  • Improving sentence structure.

Reading Fundamentals: Scarborough's Reading Rope: Word Recognition (Grades 1-5)

Self-Paced PD Open Until December 15, 2020


In this first session, we will look at the basis of Skilled Reading: Word Recognition. Participants will watch a short video taking them through the basics of Scarborough's Reading Rope, its connection to the Reading Language Arts TEKS, and focus on sounds, letters, and words.

Participants will then have a chance to dig deep into their grade level TEKS and align those TEKS to the Word Recognition strand of Scarborough's Rope.


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Reading Fundamentals: Scarborough's Reading Rope: Word Recognition (Grades 6-8)

Self-Paced PD Open Until December 15, 2020


In this first session, we will look at the basis of Skilled Reading: Word Recognition. Participants will watch a short video taking them through the basics of Scarborough's Reading Rope, its connection to the Reading Language Arts TEKS, and focus on sounds, letters, and words. Because Secondary TEKS do not include the "Beginning Reading and Writing" sub-strand", we will be exploring Elementary's Student Expectations.

Participants will then have a chance to dig deep into the TEKS, reflect on struggling readers in their own classroom, and brainstorm ideas on how to implement those practices with their students one-on-one or in small group settings.


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The Power of Inclusion! Literacy for All! Designing Inclusive Literacy Learning Environments- Foundational Literarcy Skills K-12

10-21 & 11-4: https://txr17.escworks.net/catalog/session.aspx?session_id=765093


Many students in grades 4-12 lack proficiency in foundational reading skills and therefore struggle with comprehension. The purpose of this session is for participants to understand why older students must be taught the literacy skills that are normally taught in grades K-5 and how to make the instruction age-appropriate. Kindergarten – 3rd-grade teachers are welcome to attend.


This 2-day session was developed by the Inclusion in Texas Network in collaboration with the Texas Education Agency and is aligned with the HB 3 Reading Academies. K-3 educators must still attend the HB 3 Reading Academies to meet the requirements of that legislation.


October 21st

  • 8:30 - 3:30


November 4th

  • 8:30-3:30
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Scarborough's Reading Rope to ELAR Strand Connection

We've all seen and studied Dr. Hollis Scarborough's Reading Rope model. When the RLA standards changed, the reading rope did not. So how do the new strands work with this Reading Rope Model?

In the downloadable image below, you will see where the strands of the new RLA TEKS are anchored in the reading skills. It is important to note that secondary students (grades 6-12) do not address the Foundational Skills: Beginning Reading and Writing Strand. If a student does not master Word Recognition skills (Phonological Awareness, Decoding, and Sight Recognition), it is likely they will experience greater challenges in language comprehension than their classmates who have a strong Word Recognition base.

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Scarborough's Reading Rope to ELAR Strand Connection

We've all seen and studied Dr. Hollis Scarborough's Reading Rope model. When the RLA standards changed, the reading rope didn't. So how do the new strands work with this Reading Rope Model?

In the downloadable image below, you will see where the strands of the new RLA TEKS are anchored in the reading skills. In grades 6-8, you'll notice how the Word Recognition skills are primarily addressed in the elementary grade levels.

It is important to note that secondary RLA TEKS do not address the Foundational Skills: Beginning Reading and Writing Strand. If a student does not master Word Recognition skills (Phonological Awareness, Decoding, and Sight Recognition), it is likely they will experience greater challenges in language comprehension than their classmates who have a strong Word Recognition base. It is important not to simply recognize this, but to address it through intervention as early as possible.

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Update for 7th Grade RLA Teachers

There is no expectation that the requirement to administer the grade 7 diagnostic assessment will be waived. In fact in light of current circumstances with school closures, it’s more important than ever that schools are identifying and providing support to students who are struggling readers.


Given the cancellation of the Spring 2020 STAAR, TEA recommends that districts and charter schools use all information available to them to determine if a rising 7th grader is not demonstrating proficiency in reading. This information might include, but is not limited to, teacher observation, classroom assessments, progress monitoring or RtI data, previous years’ STAAR reading scores, and student grades in reading and writing. Once identified, those students should then be administered one of the approved grade 7 reading diagnostic instruments.


Due to COVID-19 related disruptions in the 2019-2020 school year and possible disruptions to the 2020-2021 school year, districts may request a waiver in order to use another instrument approved by a local district board of trustees in order to best meet student needs in the 2020-2021 school year only. A waiver of the requirement to use an adopted instrument will only be approved for one year and will not be waived in the 2021-2022 school year and beyond. For more information regarding a waiver to use an instrument other than one of the approved instruments, please review the TEA Reading Instruments Guidance from June 4, 2020. This guidance is available on the TEA COVID-19 Support webpage under the Academics card.

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K-12 "Big Sheets" Updated RLA TEKS

The State Board of Education (SBOE) adopted revisions to the English and Spanish Language Arts and Reading Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for kindergarten - grade 12. Click on the button below to download a printable version of the 11"X17" Color-Coded TEKS "Big Sheets".
In 2017, the State Board of Education (SBOE) adopted revisions to the English and Spanish Language Arts and Reading Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for kindergarten - grade 12. This page provides resources to assist parents and teachers in the transition to the revised English and Spanish language arts and reading TEKS for kindergarten-grade 8, which will be implemented in 2019-2020 school year, and grades 9-12, which will be implemented in 2020-2021 school year.

Interactive Affix Matrices

Interactive Affix Matrices

Click on a Grade Level Matrix below. Make a copy of the Google Slide. Add it to your Google Classroom. Assign it to students. Use it in your classroom or virtually.


Each grade level matrix includes the prefixes and suffixes from the previous two grade levels.

TEKS Guides From TEA

Select your content and grade level.

Click on a student expectation to expand details and resources.

Scroll down to find resources for most student expectations.



https://www.teksguide.org/

Texas Home Learning: Reading Language Arts Instructional Materials Release

TEA's Texas Home Learning will be using Amplify Texas for its K-5 Elementary Literacy Program. It is a TEKS-Aligned language arts curriculum. The rollout of these materials began on October 9. For more information on the program, visit Texas Home Learning's site: https://texashomelearning.org/english-language-arts-k5-amplify



Click here to watch the recorded Webinar:

Reading Language Arts K-8: Materials Overview


For more information, visit the Texas Home Learning Website.

Texas Home Learning: Instructional Materials

Texas Home Learning (THL) includes print and online options developed specifically for Texas to provide continuity between remote and classroom environments. All THL instructional materials will undergo a rigorous review process with input from Texas teachers to confirm alignment with TEKS and quality standards.


Click Here to View Materials for Grades K-5:

Elementary Literacy Program Information


Click Here to View Materials for Grades 6-8:

6-8 Language Arts and Reading Resources Information

TEKS Resource System

TEKS Resource System can offer specificity to parents to better explain what students need to know or be able to do.

The performance assessments might help you design work or guide parents in getting students to successfully meet the expectation(s).

Use it to create essential questions paired with text.

Remember the system also offers STAAR stem questions that can be paired with a specific genre of study.

COVID-19 Planning Support and Resources provide teachers with TEKS R.S. Instructional Support Resources, a Texas Home Learning (THL) Correlation, and an Education Service Center Support.


https://www.teksresourcesystem.net/

COVID-19 Gap Implementation Tool

Those of you who have been using TEKS Resource System have a tool to help you assess what possible gaps may have been created by last year's school closings. Click on the link below to view a short (7-minute) video about how to navigate to and use this tool.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1iIKAtVKgXQVsvb4mVuXIuUQPQWd31P36/view?usp=sharing

Texas Stories, Volume 2

Fridays at 3:00 PM CDT

Instructor: Jerry Slayton and his guest speakers

All ages are welcome. No cost to sign up.


Oct 16- The Honorable Barbara Jordan

Oct 23 - Texas Folklife Traditions


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