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Developing Core Literacy Proficiencies, Grade 11, Student Edition

Developing Core Literacy Proficiencies, Grade 11, Student Edition

Odell Education

ISBN: 978-1-119-19277-0

Sep 2016, Jossey-Bass

360 pages



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.

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Acknowledgments iii

Introduction to the Core Literacy Proficiencies: Becoming a Literate Person vii

Unit 1: Reading Closely for Textual Details: “Lay down all my joys” 1

Goal 2

Topic 2

Activities 2

Reading Closely for Textual Details Unit Texts 5

Text 1: Civil War (Photos) 7

Text 2: The Wound Dresser, “Hospital Visits” (Letter): Walt Whitman 9

Text 3: The Civil War, “Gettysburg” (Video): Ken Burns 12

Text 4: “Civil War 150” (Interactive Website) 12

Text 5: “American Civilization” (Excerpt): Ralph Waldo Emerson 13

Text 6: “Civil War anniversary: The Emancipation Proclamation”: Dr. James A. Burran 15

Text 7: Sullivan Ballou to Sarah Ballou: Sullivan Ballou 18

Text 8: Letter to Franklin Pierce: Jefferson Davis 20

Text 9: Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (Personal Narrative): Harriet Jacobs 22

Reading Closely for Textual Details Literacy Toolbox 32

Unit 2: Making Evidence-Based Claims: “One ever feels his twoness” 75

Goal 76

Topic 76

Activities 76

Making Evidence-Based Claims Unit Text The Souls of Black Folk: W. E. B. Du Bois 79

Making Evidence-Based Claims Literacy Toolbox 87

Unit 3: Making Evidence-Based Claims About Literary Technique: “This is one story I’ve never told before.” 129

Goal 130

Topic 130

Activities 130

Making Evidence-Based Claims About Literary Technique Unit Texts “The Red Convertible”: Louise Erdrich 133

“On the Rainy River”: Tim O’Brien 144

Making Evidence-Based Claims Literacy Toolbox 162

Unit 4: Researching to Deepen Understanding: Food: How do our decisions about what we eat affect our world? 207

Goal 208

Topic 208

Activities 208

Researching to Deepen Understanding Common Source Set 213

Researching to Deepen Understanding Literacy Toolbox 218

Unit 5: Building Evidence-Based Arguments: “Culpae poena par esto: Let the punishment fit the crime” 283

Goal 284

Topic 284

Activities 284

Building Evidence-Based Arguments Unit Texts 287

Building Evidence-Based Arguments Literacy Toolbox 290

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