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Developing Core Literacy Proficiencies, Grade 12, Student Edition



Developing Core Literacy Proficiencies, Grade 12, Student Edition

Odell Education

ISBN: 978-1-119-19262-6 September 2016 Jossey-Bass 456 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.

Acknowledgments v

Introduction to Developing Core Literacy Proficiencies: Becoming a Literate Person ix

Unit 1: Reading Closely for Textual Details: “A wall of separation” 1

Goal 2

Topic 2

Activities 2

Reading Closely for Textual Details Unit Texts 5

Text 1 Engraving 7

Text 2 First Amendment to the United States Constitution 8

Text 2b Letter to the Danbury Baptist, Thomas Jefferson 8

Text 3 “God in America”, PBS 10

Text 4 God in America, PBS 10

Text 5 Santa Fe Independent School District V. Doe, Justic Stevens 11

Text 6 Santa Fe Independent School District V. Doe, Justic Stevens, Chief Justic Rehnquist 18

Text 7 Address to the Greater Houston Ministerial Association, Senator John F. Kennedy 23

Text 8 Union Square Speech, Dorothy Day 26

Text 9 Democracy in America, Alexis de Tocqueville 28

Reading Closely for Textual Details: Literacy Toolbox 44

Unit 1b: Reading Closely for Textual Details—Additional Text Set: “And Life steps almost straight” 87

Goal 88

Topic 88

Activities 88

Reading Closely for Textual Details Unit Texts 90

Text 1 Visuals on the subject of human nature 92

Text 2 A Case for a Tragic Optimism (postscript to Man’s Search for Meaning) 94

Text 3 Viktor Frankl and Man’s Search for Meaning (video), Viktor Frankl 96

Text 4 Time-Life Photos, Time 96

Text 5 “Thirst”, The Buddha 97

Text 6 “We Grow Accustomed to the Dark”, Emily Dickinson 101

Text 7 “The Examined Life” (excerpt), Cornel West 103

Text 8 Meditations on First Philosophy (excerpt), René Descartes 105

Text 9 The Genealogy of Morals (excerpt), Friedrich Nietzsche 107

Reading Closely for Textual Details: Literacy Toolbox 112

Unit 2: Making Evidence-Based Claims: “We have every right to dream heroic dreams” 153

Goal 154

Topic 154

Activities 154

Making Evidence-Based Claims Unit Texts 157

Text 1 First Inaugural Address President Ronald Reagan 157

Text 2 Remarks to the APEC Women and the Economy Summit, Secretary Hillary Clinton 165

Making Evidence-Based Claims: Literacy Toolbox 176

Unit 3: Making Evidence-Based Claims about Literary Technique: “I could hear everyone’s heart.” 219

Goal 220

Topic 220

Activities 220

Making Evidence-Based Claims about Literary Technique Unit Text

What We Talk about When We Talk about Love: Raymond Carver 224

Making Evidence-Based Claims about Literary Technique: Literacy Toolbox 240

Unit 4: Researching to Deepen Understanding: “Design: How does it influence innovation and progress?” 283

Goal 284

Topic 284

Activities 284

Terms and Definitions Used in This Unit 284

Researching to Deepen Understanding Common Source Set 289

Researching to Deepen Understanding: Literacy Toolbox 294

Unit 5: Building Evidence-Based Arguments: “Do to others as you would have them do to you” 363

Goal 364

Topic 364

Activities 364

Building Evidence-Based Arguments Unit Texts 367

Building Evidence-Based Arguments: Literacy Toolbox 369

All materials from the Literacy Toolbox are available as editable and printable PDFs at Use the following password: odell2016.