Developing Core Literacy Proficiencies, Grade 8
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 All materials from the Literacy Toolbox are available as editable and printable PDFs at www.wiley.com/go/coreliteracy. Use the following password: odell2016.
ODELL EDUCATION (OE) is dedicated to fostering creativity and critical thinking in students and the education community. OE has developed nationally validated and acclaimed literacy curricula and collaborates with schools, states and organizations on assessment design, curriculum development, and teacher training.
Become a Creative and Critical Thinker! The Developing Core Literacy Proficiencies Program offers you the knowledge, skills, and habits you need to become a successful literate person. You will learn the skills it takes to be an accomplished reader, thinker, and writer, and gain the knowledge necessary to grow your literacy. To become a literate person you must also acquire ways of thinking and working—academic habits—that develop over time. Being a literate person is more important than ever. In today's technology-driven world, no matter what you want to do–go to college, become an artist, open a business, design computer apps, join the military, work in construction, or just keep up with the news–you will need to be literate. The learning experiences in the Odell Education materials are designed to help you take control of your own literacy development in order to be successful in life. The program's four units will help you develop the ability to: Read Closely for Textual Details: Advance your proficiency as an investigator of texts. Make Evidence-Based Claims: Become proficient as a maker and prover of claims. Research to Deepen Understanding: Expand your proficiency as a finder and user of information. Build Evidence-Based Arguments: Develop your proficiency as a writer of reasoned arguments. All the units are designed to excite your imagination and engage you in activities that are interesting and challenging.
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