Secondary Literacy @ R11

ESC Region 11 * Back to School Edition!

August-October 2019

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ELAR TEKS Deep Dive for Curriculum Writers, 9-12

Participants will deconstruct the revised ELAR TEKS so that they feel ready to engage in curriculum writing and crafting of assessments at the campus or district level. A side-by-side analysis of current and revised TEKS will be reviewed as well as a thorough analysis of the verbs and potential outcomes at a mastery level. Participants will have a chance to practice with each strand in order to fully understand what students are asked to know and do with an emphasis on vertical alignment in grade-level bands.


October 15 & 16, 2019 (Click to register)

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Professional Development Resource Recommendations

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The Quickwrite Handbook by Linda Reif

This book puts together a collection of quality mentor texts that serve as models for student quickwrites. With the added emphasis on author's purpose and craft as well as the integration of reading and writing, Reif's text serves as an excellent resource for helping students begin to read like a writer and truly become the "author" themselves. These writing exercises are quick (the nature of a quickwrite), but they provide substantial opportunity and practice for students to grow their own craft.

Game Changer! Book Access for All Kids by Donalyn Miller and Colby Sharp

When considering student-selected text and self-sustained reading in the classroom, teachers often ask how to find high-interest texts, how to begin/sustain a classroom library, and how to create a culture of reading on their campuses. This text is engaging and accessible itself; Miller and Sharp share personal experiences and have also invited several literacy leaders around the country to include their own expertise/experience within the book. The text offers practical solutions to many roadblocks teachers face in the work of putting books into the hands of students.

Audio Resource: Heinemann Podcast "Cornelius Minor and Being Semi-Brave"

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Starting Independent Reading?

If you are new to focused independent reading and want to put some structures in place in August to ensure success, there are several questions to consider. This video may help you think through what processes and management structures are necessary to fostering an independent reading time that is free of distraction and stress.
Secondary Literacy Strategies: Independent Reading Routines
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YA Text Recommendations

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Feel free to use these book talk videos with your students or as a mentor text for yourself! Remember to keep it short, briefly summarize the text, read an excerpt, and link the book to areas students might connect with/enjoy!
Scythe by Neil Shusterman
YA Book Talk: Scythe by Neil Shusterman
Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
YA Book Talk: Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett Krosoczka
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TEA English/Language Arts Updates

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What's Changing in Writing Assessment for the 2019-2020 School Year?

Shona Rose, from ESC Region 16, wrote a fantastic blog post outlining the expected changes in STAAR for this year, specifically within writing. Click HERE to check it out!

TEKS Implementation and Assessment Dates

According to the latest ELAR update from TEA, K-8 teachers will now have 2 years during which the STAAR will assess overlapping 2009 and 2017 standards. EOC English I, II, and III will have one year of assessed overlapping standards, and then all assessments K-12 will solely focus on 2017 standards in the year 2021-2022.


To see the full update, click HERE for TEA's ELAR page.

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Caty Dearing

Secondary Literacy Instructional Content Coach

ESC Region 11