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Developing Core Literacy Proficiencies, Grade 8, Student Edition



Developing Core Literacy Proficiencies, Grade 8, Student Edition

Odell Education

ISBN: 978-1-119-19297-8 August 2016 Jossey-Bass 288 Pages

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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 the Core Literacy Proficiencies: Becoming a Literate Person viii

Unit 1: Reading Closely for Textual Details: “And, above all, We Had to Learn English” 1

Goal 2

Topic 2

Activities 2

Reading Closely for Textual Details Unit Texts 5

Text 1 7

Text 2 Description of Immigrants Leaving 8

Text 3 “Ellis Island: Deconstructed” 9

Text 4 “Interactive Tour of Ellis Island” 9

Text 5 On the Trail of the Immigrant 10

Text 6 The Future in America: A Search after Realities 12

Text 7 “The New Colossus” 14

Text 8 The Promised Land 15

Text 9 Rebels: Into Anarchy and out Again 17

Text 10 Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave 20

Reading Closely for Textual Details Literacy Toolbox 24

Unit 2: Making Evidence-Based Claims: “The Footprints of Legends” 67

Goal 68

Topic 68

Activities 68

Making Evidence-Based Claims Unit Texts 71

Making Evidence-Based Claims Literacy Toolbox 81

Unit 3: Researching to Deepen Understanding: “Animals and Humans: How Are We Connected?” 121

Goal 122

Topic 122

Activities 122

Researching to Deepen Understanding Common Source Set 126

Researching to Deepen Understanding Literacy Toolbox 131

Unit 4: Building Evidence-Based Arguments: “E Pluribus Unum” 195

Goal 196

Topic 196

Activities 196

Building Evidence-Based Arguments Unit Texts 199

Building Evidence-Based Arguments Literacy Toolbox 201

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