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 ix
Unit 1: Reading Closely for Textual Details: “Education is the new currency” 1
Reading Closely Unit Texts 5
Text 1 Classroom Pictures 7
Text 2 The Story of My Life, Helen Keller 8
Text 3 Changing Paradigms, Ken Robinson 10
Text 4 Only a Teacher, PBS 10
Text 5 “Kids Need Structure,” Colin Powell 11
Text 6 Dr. Montessori’s Own Handbook, Maria Montessori 14
Text 7 Good Citizenship: The Purpose of Education, Eleanor Roosevelt 16
Text 8 Notes on the State of Virginia, Thomas Jefferson 20
Text 9 “The Vision of Education Reform in the United States,” Secretary Arne Duncan 22
Reading Closely for Textual Details Literacy Toolbox 31
Unit 2: Making Evidence-Based Claims: “The unexamined life is not worth living” 73
Making Evidence-Based Claims Unit Text: Apology, Plato 77
Making Evidence-Based Claims Literacy Toolbox 87
Unit 3: Making Evidence-Based Claims about Literary Technique: “Macomber laughed, a very natural hearty laugh.” 129
Making Evidence-Based Claims About Literary Technique Literacy Toolbox 133
Unit 4: Researching to Deepen Understanding: Music: What Role Does It Play in Our Lives? 175
Terms and Definitions Used in This Unit 176
Researching to Deepen Understanding Common Source Set 181
Researching to Deepen Understanding Literacy Toolbox 186
Unit 5: Building Evidence-Based Arguments: “What Is the Virtue of a Proportional Response?” 253
Building Evidence-Based Arguments Unit Text 257
Building Evidence-Based Arguments Literacy Toolbox 259