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 the Core Literacy Proficiencies: Becoming a Literate Person viii
Unit 1: Reading Closely for Textual Details: “The wolf you feed” 1
Reading Closely for Textual Details Unit Texts 5
Text 1: Representations of Wolves 7
Text 2: “A Brief History of Wolves in the United States”, Cornelia N. Hutt 11
Text 3: Two Wolves, Dave Owens 15
Text 4: Living with Wolves and Lobos of the South West, Living with Wolves and Mexican Wolves.org 15
Text 5: Excerpt of “All About Wolves”: Hunting Behavior, John Vucetich and Rolf Peterson 16
Text 6: White Fang: Pt. II, Ch. I, “The Battle of the Fangs”, Jack London 23
Text 7: Excerpt of “All About Wolves”: Pack Behavior, John Vucetich and Rolf Peterson 29
Text 8: White Fang: Pt. II, Ch. III, “The Grey Cub”, Jack London 34
Text 9: “We Didn’t Domesticate Dogs. They Domesticated Us”, Brian Hare and Vanessa Woods 40
Reading Closely Literacy Toolbox 45
Unit 2: Making Evidence-Based Claims: “Connecting the Dots” 83
Making Evidence-Based Claims Unit Text 2005 Stanford University Commencement Address: Steve Jobs 87
Making Evidence-Based Claims Literacy Toolbox 94
Unit 3: Researching to Deepen Understanding: Prehistoric Cave Art 129
Researching to Deepen Understanding Common Texts 134
Researching to Deepen Understanding Literacy Toolbox 136
Unit 4: Building Evidence-Based Arguments: “Energy Crossroads” 175
Building Evidence-Based Arguments Unit Text Set 179
Building Evidence-Based Arguments Literacy Toolbox 182
All materials from the Literacy Toolbox are available as editable and printable PDFs at www.wiley.com/go/coreliteracy. Use the following password: odell2016.