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Developing Core Literacy Proficiencies, Grade 9, Student Edition



Developing Core Literacy Proficiencies, Grade 9, Student Edition

Odell Education

ISBN: 978-1-119-19292-3 September 2016 Jossey-Bass 336 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.

Acknowledgments v

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

Unit 1: Reading Closely for Textual Details: “Education is the new currency” 1

Goal 2

Topic 2

Activities 2

Reading Closely Unit Texts 5

Text 1 Classroom Pictures 7

Text 2 The Story of My Life 8
Helen Keller

Text 3 Changing Paradigms 10
Ken Robinson

Text 4 Only a Teacher 10

Text 5 “Kids Need Structure” 11
Colin Powell

Text 6 Dr. Montessori’s Own Handbook 14
Maria Montessori

Text 7 Good Citizenship: The Purpose of Education 16
Eleanor Roosevelt

Text 8 Notes on the State of Virginia 20
Thomas Jefferson

Text 9 “The Vision of Education Reform in the United States” 22
Secretary Arne Duncan

Reading Closely for Textual Details Literacy Toolbox 31

Unit 2: Making Evidence-Based Claims: “The unexamined life is not worth living” 73

Goal 74

Topic 74

Activities 74

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

Goal 130

Topic 130

Activities 130

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

Goal 176

Topic 176

Activities 176

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

Goal 254

Topic 254

Activities 254

Building Evidence-Based Arguments Unit Text 257

Building Evidence-Based Arguments Literacy Toolbox 259