6-12 Literacy Update

Week of March 23, 2015

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Students and teachers from Forrest Hill Academy, Sylvan, B.E.S.T. Academy, Harper Archer, King, Long, Young, Brown, Douglass, Carver, and Therrell experienced the benefits of collaborating rap and rhythm with learning last Tuesday and Wednesday by working directly with Dr. Erik Cork, a nationally recognized writing consultant.

Dr. Cork provided professional development to our instructional coaches this past winter and we received an overwhelming amount of positive feedback and requests for him to work directly with the students. Thanks to our middle and high school associate superintendents, principals, instructional coaches, and teachers for working with the Office of Literacy to extend this opportunity to our students to build their reading and writing skills through a fun and entertaining workshop, “Rap, Rhythm & Rhyme: Rebuilding the Writing Foundation.” A special thank you to Mr. Hajj Womack and Dr. Tony Burks for hosting these events. All of the students gained life-long skills and mnemonic devices which they will use in college and in the workforce. To get a snapshot of the excitement, you must click on the video below and watch to the very end.

Dr. Cork has conducted writing workshops for more than 300,000 students, parents and professional educators, representing over 250 school districts and universities throughout the United States and beyond.

Participating principals, teachers, and instructional coaches, please click here to provide feedback.

Rap, Rhythm, and Rhyme: Rebuilding the Writing Foundation


Thank you for your student submissions: short stories, poems, essays, literary criticisms and analysis, research reports, and personal narratives! We are proud to announce the winners of the Atlanta Public Schools Georgia Authors Writing Competition!

Only the first place winners from each grade level are advancing to the state competition.

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

5 Access Points to The Academic Focus

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

Dr. Alisha Hill

6-12 Literacy Coordinator

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