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: “And, above all, We Had to Learn English” 1
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
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
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
Building Evidence-Based Arguments Unit Texts 199
Building Evidence-Based Arguments Literacy Toolbox 201
All materials from the Literacy Toolbox are available as editable and printable PDFs at www.wiley.com/go/coreliteracy. Use the following password: odell2016.