4-8 Reading Language Arts

Summer 2022 Professional Development

“Read. Travel. Read. Ask. Read. Learn. Read. Connect. Read.”

~Dr. Seuss


With gas prices, hotel rooms, plane tickets, and, well... EVERYTHING getting more expensive, it's nice to know we can pick up a book (free if you have a library card) and travel anywhere!


Take a look at the upcoming summer sessions. Let's take a trip together...

In this issue:

3-8 RLA STAAR 2022 Practical Practice

  • Strategy Videos, Graphic Organizers, Electronic Table of Contents, and STAAR Links.


Summer 2022 Workshops
  • Language Rich Classroom
  • New STAAR Item Types
  • Equipped for Reading Success with Dr. David Kilpatrick
  • Meaningful Writing -and Reading- Instruction in an Age of Testing
  • Reading, Noting, & Writing from Sources Effectively
  • Using Kernel Essays to Write about Reading on the New Secondary RLA STAAR (Gretchen Bernabei)
  • Reading and Writing in the Content Areas
  • Reading Language Arts: Instruction Guided by the TEKS
  • New STAAR Item Types (Repeat)
  • What do the New STAAR Item Types Mean for Instruction?


New Information

  • 2021-2022 RLA STAAR Assessment Resource Documents
  • 2021 STAAR Analysis Reports


Resources


RLA Team Contact Information

RLA STAAR 2022 Practical Practice (Grades 3-8)

Region 17's RLA Specialists have put together multiple strategies and resources for you to use in your classroom.

Click here to view this resource: 2022 Practical Practice.

Summer 2022 Workshops

Lead4ward Intervention for Literacy (3rd Grade-High School)

How do we increase literacy opportunities for learning in the 2022-2023 school year?


We know there will always be some students who need extra support. We also know that disruptions from COVID impacted all students. With disruption comes opportunity. We’ll explore how to help students reassemble the bits and pieces of learning and, through this process, gain greater understanding. We’ll reexamine intervention in literacy through the lens of process and content and prioritize high-impact curriculum standards. We’ll explore and refine systems to create opportunities to learn: Intervention for All, Intervention for Some, and Intervention for a Few. We will also make connections to supplemental instruction requirements as outlined in HB4545 through the lens of process and prioritized content standards, and we’ll explore how to leverage lead4ward tools and strategies to inform intervention and to plan with renewed intention.


June 2, 2022

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Language Rich Classroom

Based on the research of John Siedlitz and Bill Perryman, 7 Steps to Building a Language-Rich Interactive Classroom, this workshop will take participants through a process that creates a language-rich interactive classroom environment in which all students can thrive. Topics include differentiating instruction for students at a variety of language proficiencies, keeping all students absolutely engaged, and creating powerful learning supports.


June 6, 2022

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New STAAR Item Types

Prompted by HB 3906, Region 17 content specialist will take participants through the multiple item types that could be on future STAAR Assessments. We will break down what the thinking process should look, and sound, like so that students can be successful when facing these items.


After a general session, participants will be broken into content-specific groups for a deeper understanding of how these new item types impact Mathematics, Reading Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies.


June 10, 2022

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Equipped For Reading Success with Dr. David Kilpatrick

In this session, teachers will learn more about the role that phonemic awareness plays in the development of skilled reading, based on the Science of Teaching Reading.


Learn practical strategies that will truly make a difference in equipping readers for success from one of the top leaders in the field of reading instruction!


June 14, 2022

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Meaningful Writing -and Reading-Instruction in an Age of Testing: 4th-8th Grade RLA Teachers

Presenter Melanie Mayer taught high school and college English for over thirty years. She is the winner of several outstanding teacher awards, including Humanities Texas, Texas Exes, and HEB Excellence in Education; and she is the author of numerous articles and two books. Her humorous and inspirational teacher trainings are popular across Texas.

Participants will learn model instructional strategies and activities that engage today's students and elevate their reading and writing abilities.


June 16, 2022

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Meaningful Writing -and Reading-Instruction in an Age of Testing 9th-12th Grade RLA Teachers

Presenter Melanie Mayer taught high school and college English for over thirty years. She is the winner of several outstanding teacher awards, including Humanities Texas, Texas Exes, and HEB Excellence in Education; and she is the author of numerous articles and two books. Her humorous and inspirational teacher trainings are popular across Texas.

Participants will learn model instructional strategies and activities that engage today's students and elevate their reading and writing abilities.


June 17, 2022

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Reading, Noting, & Writing from Sources Effectively

Teachers will be taken through the process of working with cross-curricular passages and teaching how evidence becomes a staple in student responses, both vocal and written. Educators will be taken through the process of teaching students how to read closely, finding out what complex texts are saying. Educators will understand how to teach students how to understand the purpose and use of evidence. Annotation practices will be taught and the process of discussing those complex texts will be practiced. Finally, educators will be shown how students can, through this whole process, write a response to a complex text.


June 20, 2022

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Looking at our English Learners through a Linguistic Lens

Developing academic literacy is a complex undertaking that involves reading, writing, listening, and speaking. For the English learner, the task can be daunting. Not only are they having to learn a new language, they must learn new concepts and skills in a language that many are nowhere near mastering. In other words, they are doing double the cognitive work. This session will address this cognitive load through a linguistic lens with a special emphasis on the native Spanish speaker.


The most recent findings on brain activity will provide teachers with unique insights on how English learners are processing new information, more specifically, how they are trying to form new pathways between what they know and the new language they are learning. This session will also compare the phonetic structure of English and Spanish phonemes, how to differentiate instruction, and how an understanding in this area can assist in teaching vocabulary and comprehension.


June 21-22

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Reading and Writing in the Content Areas

It is becoming more and more evident that a student must understand what he/she is reading before they can apply that understanding. In the Social Studies and Science classroom, students are not using their comprehension skills or inferencing skills. So their application of the knowledge is suffering.


In this workshop, teachers will be taken through different activities, a discussion of those activities, and given time to plan their own activities for their classrooms. Through the exploration of the process and discussion with other educators, teachers will come to understand how to better utilize reading strategies in their classrooms to improve students' knowledge and skills.


June 22, 2022

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Depth and Complexity for the Secondary English Classroom

This training will introduce the elements of Depth and Complexity—meaningful, inclusive thinking tools that enrich what teachers and students are doing in high school English classes. We will explore practical ways to become familiar with and utilize the elements of Depth and Complexity and focus on the process component of differentiation.


The training will explore:


  • What is the depth and complexity framework?
  • How does this framework help students and teachers?
  • What are some quick and efficient ways to get started utilizing depth and complexity in my high school English class?
  • How can we use multiple elements of depth and complexity to complete an academic task?



Participants will receive 6 hours of G/T update credit.

July 7, 2022

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Don't Ditch That Tech with Matt Miller

Don’t Ditch That Tech (6-hour workshop) provides practical ideas to help you find the sweet spot where classroom devices meet students’ needs. In this teacher-tailored workshop, you’ll find tips on how to develop attention-grabbing strategies, build metacognitive practices, and more—all with differentiation in mind. Whether you're a tech newbie or the school’s device guru, you’ll walk away with new understandings and strategies for transforming and diversifying your approach to teaching in a twenty-first-century world.


July 12, 2022

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Teaching the Holocaust presented by Holocaust Houston Museum

Join Holocaust Museum Houston for a one-day educator workshop on teaching the Holocaust. Educators will learn approaches to teaching the Holocaust through interactive activities and resources designed for the classroom.

Educators will be introduced to the Holocaust through a virtual tour of HMH’s Holocaust Gallery and gain instructional strategies and resources to support Holocaust education in their classrooms. Participants will receive HMH’s Holocaust Remembrance Toolkit containing lessons plans, primary sources, and student worksheets to utilize in their classroom. Lesson plans included in the Toolkit will be modeled and educators will obtain more information on free school programs and resources available through the Museum. Attendees will earn CPE and GT credits at the conclusion of the program.


July 13, 2022

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Reading Language Arts: Instruction Guided by the TEKS

Effective instruction starts with the TEKS. The Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills. The STAAR assesses how well our students have mastered the knowledge and the skills we taught. Planning and instruction is the bridge between the two that every teacher must master in the classroom.


In this workshop, teachers will be taken through a mock lesson, break it down into its components, and discuss and understand how one teacher (your presenter) created the instruction, the resources, the activities, even the formative questions based on the tools found within the TEKS Resource System.


Educators will leave with an understanding of how to plan a unit's worth of instruction using the tools given them in the TEKS Resource System.


July 14, 2022

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Thinking Maps: Two Day Training

Teachers will learn several maps that students can use to make their thinking visual.


Teachers are required to have official Thinking Maps training binders for this two-day face-to-face training. The charge for this training covers the cost of each binder of materials.


July 18-29, 2022

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Gretchen Bernabei: Using Kernel Essays to Write about Reading on the New Secondary RLA STAAR

Join writing guru, Gretchen Bernabei, for this fun and engaging session.

Since many questions in the secondary RLA classroom involve how an author’s moves make an impact on a reader, students need to become acquainted with their own independent thoughts and reactions to their reading. We need to help students learn how to generate well-formed, thorough, composed reactions to a text. Text structures can help develop this ability.

Using mentor texts, we will explore a painless and natural process to lead students to write about what they read, starting with basic responses, then analysis, and finally, answering questions. You’ll walk away feeling equipped to handle writing on the new STAAR.


July 20, 2022

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New STAAR Item Types (Repeat Session)

Prompted by HB 3906, Region 17 content specialist will take participants through the multiple item types that could be on future STAAR Assessments. We will break down what the thinking process should look, and sound, like so that students can be successful when facing these items.


After a general session, participants will be broken into content-specific groups for a deeper understanding of how these new item types impact Mathematics, Reading Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies.


July 22, 2022

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What do the New STAAR Item Types Mean for Instruction?


The new STAAR item types can be scary because...they're new! And anything new is scary. In this workshop, we will explore the different items types and break down the thinking process that is involved with each question type. We will identify what that process looks like in the classroom setting during instruction.

We will also explore STAAR Analyses to understand, at a deeper level, why students may get confused by certain question stems and not by others. We will discuss our next steps that will improve instruction in the classroom.



July 25, 2022

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Sheltered Instruction for English Language Learners

This session is designed to prepare teachers to deliver content area instruction to ELs with diverse abilities using a sheltered instruction approach. Participants will understand what sheltered instruction is and how to implement these approaches on a daily basis in their classrooms.


The SIOP Model is an instructional framework for sheltered instruction that values effective, research-based, and time-honored teaching practices. Come learn quick and effective practices that will help your English Learners in the classroom.


July 26, 2022

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Advanced Placement Summer Institute

The 2022 Advanced Placement Summer Institute from Texas Tech Public Media and Region 17 Education Service Center offers new and experienced AP teachers the chance to grow and be inspired in their content area. Our College Board endorsed institute brings together top-rated certified AP presenters, dedicated to helping you and your students succeed. This institute will take place in person at the Region 17 ESC campus in Lubbock, Texas.


The cost of the institute for Region 17 teachers is only $80 with the code!


June 27-30

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New Information

2021-2022 RLA STAAR Assessment Resource Documents

(Straight from TEA):

As a transition to the redesigned Reading Language Arts (RLA) State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) in 2023, a one-year modification to the RLA assessment transition will be implemented in 2022. The State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®) for April through December 2022 will include only items that assess the current 2017 reading standards in grades 3-8 English and grades 3-5 Spanish and the reading and writing standards in English I and English II. The STAAR new item types, including short answer items and the new approach to assessing written composition in response to reading, will be implemented beginning in 2023.


The Texas Education Agency has posted the assessed curriculum documents identifying the standards eligible for inclusion in the 2022 assessments for English grades 3-8, Spanish grade 3-5, and English I and II End-of-Course exams. Blueprints and test design schematics for 2022 are also now available.



This is a list of the documents that are available for English grades 3-8 and Spanish grades 3-5:

  • 2022 English grades 3-8 assessed curriculum
  • 2022 English grades 3-8 blueprints
  • 2022 English grades 3-8 test design schematics
  • 2022 Spanish grades 3-5 assessed curriculum
  • 2022 Spanish grades 3-5 blueprints
  • 2022 Spanish grades 3-5 test design schematics

For more information and to view these resources, go to: TEA-STAAR Reading Resources

2021 STAAR Item Rationales Have been Shared

Item Rationales are intended to clarify why an answer choice on the STAAR is correct and why others are incorrect. TEA has provided these for the Released STAAR Assessments for 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2021. The whole collection can be viewed on TEA's STAAR Released Test Questions webpage.


Click on your Grade Level to view the 2021 STAAR Reading Choices Rationale.


2021-2022 STAAR Reading Language Arts Information

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This Spring, we will be focusing on the upcoming STAAR. Each session will be filled with STAAR Updates, High-Priority TEKS Awareness, STAAR Analysis work, Revision and Editing, and creation of Action Steps for STAAR Preparation.
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RLA Resources Archive

To make more room on this Smore, the downloadable and editable resources can be found at the Reading Language Arts Resources Smore.

TexQuest Databases

TexQuest is a statewide digital resources program that provides anytime, anywhere access to high quality, authoritative digital resources to all educators, students, and students' immediate families in Texas K-12 public schools and open enrollment charter schools. Supported, in part, by appropriations from the Texas State Legislature, Texas districts pay a small per student participation fee to gain access to TexQuest resources from the providers listed on this page.


The Texas State Library and Archives Commission administers all aspects of the TexQuest program and is responsible for the selection and coordination of all TexQuest resources, as well as district invoicing.


If you are unsure if your district takes part in the TexQuest, contact Jerard Lafuente at jlafuente@esc17.net.

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/

Resource and Activities Collection (For TEKS Resource System Users)



The TEKS Resource System, in collaboration with the twenty Texas Education Service Centers, has created a collection of resources and activities aligned to the individual units in the TEKS Resource System. The intention is to provide additional support to educators for synchronous and asynchronous learning environments by offering the TRS Resources and Activities Collection as well as Education Service Center Support.


Region 17 ESC Resources and Activities Collection.


*Keep in mind, this page is password protected*

Contact your Administrator for your district's Login Credentials.

RLA Team Contact Information