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: “We reckoned now that we were at the Pole” 1
Reading Closely for Textual Details Unit Texts 5
Text 1: Robert Falcon Scott and Roald Amundsen Images 7
Text 2: The Last Expedition, Ch. V, Robert Falcon Scott 9
Text 3: Roald Amundsen South Pole, Viking River Cruises 11
Text 4: Scott’s Hut and the Explorer’s Heritage of Antarctica, UNESCO World Wonders Project 11
Text 5: The North Pole, Ch. XXI, Robert Peary 12
Text 6: “To Build a Fire”, Jack London 15
Text 7: The South Pole, Ch. XII, Roald Amundsen 19
Text 8: Scott’s Last Expedition, Ch. XVIII, Robert Falcon Scott 22
Text 9: Scott’s Last Expedition, Ch. XX, Robert Falcon Scott 25
Reading Closely Literacy Toolbox 36
Unit 2: Making Evidence-Based Claims: “We organized!” 77
Making Evidence-Based Claims Unit Texts 81
Excerpt of “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 81
Excerpt of 1984 Commonwealth Club Address, Cesar Chavez 91
Excerpt of “A Single Garment of Destiny” address, Janet Murguia 99
Making Evidence-Based Claims Literacy Toolbox 108
Unit 3: Researching to Deepen Understanding: Water: Why is it so valuable? 151
Researching to Deepen Understanding Common Source Set 156
Researching to Deepen Understanding Literacy Toolbox 162
Unit 4: Building Evidence-Based Arguments: “Doping can be that last 2 percent” 229
Building Evidence-Based Arguments Unit Texts 233
Building Evidence-Based Arguments Literacy Toolbox 235
All materials from the Literacy Toolbox are available as editable and printable PDFs at www.wiley.com/go/coreliteracy. Use the following password: odell2016.