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Developing Core Literacy Proficiencies, Grade 6, Student Edition

Developing Core Literacy Proficiencies, Grade 6, Student Edition

Odell Education

ISBN: 978-1-119-19279-4

Jul 2016

264 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 v

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

Unit 1: Reading Closely for Textual Details: “The wolf you feed” 1

Goal 2

Topic 2

Activities 2

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 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

Goal 84

Topic 84

Activities 84

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

Goal 130

Topic 130

Activities 130

Researching to Deepen Understanding Common Texts 134

Researching to Deepen Understanding Literacy Toolbox 136

Unit 4: Building Evidence-Based Arguments: “Energy Crossroads” 175

Goal 176

Topic 176

Activities 176

Building Evidence-Based Arguments Unit Text Set 179

Building Evidence-Based Arguments Literacy Toolbox 182

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