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Three Key Shifts in ELA/Literacy. 1. Building knowledge through content-rich nonfiction and informational texts 2. Reading , writing and speaking grounded in evidence from text, both literary and informational 3. Regular practice with complex text and its academic language. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


SUMMER ACADEMY Grades 3-5 English Language Arts Summer 2013

Three Key Shifts in ELA/Literacy1. Building knowledge through content-rich nonfiction and informational texts2. Reading, writing and speaking grounded in evidence from text, both literary and informational3. Regular practice with complex text and its academic languageThe Three Key Shifts always apply to us in the content areas. Also, Dimension II of the rubric, which we will explore in a few minutes, deals with the key shifts. Today we will be paying special attention to the reading- writing and speaking connections in the CCRS.

1Explore Dimension IIOutcome #3Read to understand the text. Investigate by re-reading, recording questions/observations/vocabulary, and talking with a peer.Sift/sort through your investigations to identify evidence from the text. Culminate your thinking for this chunk of text.

Clarify outcome # 3.REFER TO HANDOUT -RISCMake one two column slide

Your feedback consistently indicates that you want strategies to take home. We hope to give you several over the course of this day. For the remainder of the day, we want to work with a specific strategy called RISC. RISC is both a reading strategy and a writing strategy. It can also be used to give one a framework from which to SPEAK.

The goal of using the RISC today is to give you a strategy that will help you incorporate literacy strategies into your content area. We will use the RISC strategy to help us gain a deeper understanding of Dimension II.

Read Dimension II using the RISC strategy.

Write a paragraph about Dimension II using the RISC strategy.

In your groups, identify the reading and writing anchor standards you used.Look back at Dimension II and talk about how RISC helped you do the things specified in Dimension II.***This is an example of how and WHY we use strategies. The RISC strategy helps incorporate literacy standards into the content. The content we studied was Dimension II and RISC served as a vehicle for infusing the literacy standards with the content. 2How does Dimension II support my content?Outcome #3Record/restate.Include your ideas/answer.Support your ideas/answer with evidence from the text. Conclude your piece of writing.

Use RISC to write a brief paragraph about Dimension 2 in response to this question.

Share your paragraph with a partner.

As a group, identify the Reading and Writing Anchor standards addressed by using RISC for reading and writing.

Now look back at Dimension II. What did RISC help you do the things Dimension II advocates? How so?


4Relationships?Visual of Anchor Standards, Right Hand, Left Hand, and Lesson Plan


CONTENT STANDARDS LESSONPLANNINGThink back to QM # 1 when we demonstrated the relationships among the anchor standards, the content COS standards, and the literacy grade band standards. Lets recreate that picture today with actual resources you will use to plan a lesson. Remember our anchor standards are the umbrella, so we keep them in reach. It is critical that we understand that we are NOT directly responsible for the anchor standards, so at this point, if they are confusing to you, take them off your planning table!!! Our content or COS standards are our right hand man because, by law, this is the content we teach, and our NEW CCRS grade band literacy standards we keep on the left because they support our content standards. We ARE directly responsible for implementing them.

So the BIG take away here is that we are responsible for TWO sets of standards, but they do NOT work independently of one another.

HANDOUT # 3 LESSON PLANNING TOOLHere is a lesson planning tool you received last meeting. Remember, we are NOT selling this tool, but we thought might be helpful today to illustrate a point about lesson planning. Please place this tool directly in front of you between your content standards and your literacy grade band standards. Now we are going to apply the RISC strategy to our content and show how a lesson can be built around to marry the content standards and literacy standards. 5Apply Dimension II to Contentoutcome #4Choose a COS standard.Craft an essential question based on the standard.Choose a short chunk of text.Apply the RISC strategy to the chunk of text.Apply the RISC writing strategy to the chunk of text.Identify the literacy grade band standards the strategies helps you meet.Identify TWIRL.Discuss how you might assess students throughout the lesson.Look back at the planning questions-what do you notice about the planning questions and the planning tool?



Grade band standardsCOS Content Text *** ask participants to refer to RISC handout # 4.

REFER TO Handout -lesson planning tool.

6Why RISC?1. It works across content areas and grade levels.2. It incorporates literacy standards WITH content standards.3. It adds rigor to reading and writing.4. It generates formative assessment to inform subsequent instruction.5. It can drive a unit of study because it can expand in rigor. For example, a writing RISC can begin as an exit slip or a paragraph and progress to an essay and eventually a research paper or project.

Refer back to AQTS and talk about how one of these teachers is in the applying phase of RISC, but the other two are in emerging. So we need to understand that the AQTS is a continuum and NOT a rating scale.

WATCH TESTIMONIAL VIDEO. The teachers in the video represent vertical teaming of a teacher from a middle school that implemented the RISC strategy in her ELA class last year, another middle school science teacher that is planning to implement the RISC this current school year, and a high school ELA teacher that sees the improvement in students entering high school. She also plans to learn about and continue using the RISC strategy.


Watch Alabama RISC testimonial video.

8Next steps-RISCY Business!!!Use RISC in your class.Analyze your lesson based on Dimensions I and II and the planning questions. Bring back a class set of student work samples.9You are the link!Outcome # 5

Complete your planning template to take to your team session.Clarify outcome # 5.

Ask if anyone would like to share something about their turnaround.

This is the yellow sheet. 10


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