The Developing Core Literacy Proficiencies program is an integrated set of English Language Arts/Literacy units spanning grades 6-12 that provide student-centered instruction on a set of literacy proficiencies at the heart of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).
- Reading Closely for Textual Details
- Making Evidence-Based Claims
- Making Evidence-Based Claims about Literary Technique (Grades 9-12)
- Researching to Deepen Understanding
- Building Evidence-Based Arguments
The program approaches literacy through the development of knowledge, literacy skills, and academic habits. Throughout the activities, students develop their literacy along these three paths in an integrated, engaging, and empowering way.
Knowledge: The texts and topics students encounter in the program have been carefully selected to expose them to rich and varied ideas and perspectives of cultural significance. These texts not only equip students with key ideas for participating knowledgeably in the important discussions of our time, but also contain the complexity of expression necessary for developing college- and career-ready literacy skills.
Literacy Skills: The program articulates and targets instruction and assessment on twenty CCSS-aligned literacy skills ranging from “making inferences” to “reflecting critically.” Students focus on this set of twenty skills throughout the year and program, continually applying them in new and more sophisticated ways.
Academic Habits: The program articulates twelve academic habits for students to develop, apply, and extend as they progress through the sequence of instruction. Instructional notes allow teachers to introduce and discuss academic habits such as “preparing” and “completing tasks” that are essential to students’ success in the classroom.
The program materials include a comprehensive set of instructional sequences, teacher notes, handouts, assessments, rubrics, and graphic organizers designed to support students with a diversity of educational experiences and needs. The integrated assessment system, centered around the literacy skills and academic habits, allows for the coherent evaluation of student literacy development over the course of the year and vertically across all grade levels.
Introduction to Developing Core Literacy Proficiencies: Becoming a Literate Person ix
Unit 1: Reading Closely for Textual Details: “Modern Battlefield” 1
Reading Closely for Tetual Details Unit Texts 5
Text 1: Images of World War I 7
Text 2: King, Queens and Pawns: An American Woman at the Front, Mary Roberts Rinehart 10
Text 3: “1916 Battle of the Somme”, History Channel 13
Text 4: “The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century”, PBS 13
Text 5: What We Are Not Fighting For, Lloyd George 14
Text 6: Peace Without Victory, Woodrow Wilson 16
Text 7: The Enormous Room, Edward Estlin Cummings 20
Text 8: Carry On: Letters in War Time, Coningsby Dawson 30
Text 9: “Shot. Tell His Mother,” W. E. P. French 34
Reading Closely Literacy Toolbox 57
Unit 2: Making Evidence-Based Claims: “An audacious faith in the future of mankind” 99
Making Evidence-Based Claims Unit Texts 103
Text 1: 1964 Noble Peace Prize Acceptance Speech, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 103
Text 2: “Nobel Lecture: A Just and Lasting Peace” President Barack Obama 107
Making Evidence-Based Claims Literacy Toolbox 118
Unit 3: Making Evidence-Based Claims About Literary Technique: “One is alone, and he dies more alone.” 159
Making Evidence-Based Claims About Literary Technique Unit Texts 163
Text 1: “Because I could not stop for Death,” Emily Dickinson 163
Text 2: “Home Burial,” Robert Frost 165
Making Evidence-Based Claims About Literary Technique Literacy Toolbox 170
Unit 4: Researching to Deepen Understanding: Computer Technology: What Is Its Impact on Society? 213
Terms and Definitions Used in This Unit 214
Researching to Deepen Understanding Common Source Set 219
Researching to Deepen Understanding Literacy Toolbox 224
Unit 5: Building Evidence-Based Arguments: Search Warrant 291
Building Evidence-Based Arguments Unit Texts 295
Building Evidence-Based Arguments Literacy Toolbox 298