Literature

Academic Vocabulary Instruction in Kindergarten

Watch Ms. Sovitsky as she uses a variety of strategies to support her students to learn a new general academic vocabulary word from a rich literary text she’s just read aloud.

SOURCE: California Department of Education Professional Learning Module Series

Repeated Interactive Read-Aloud in Kindergarten

In this video, Ms. Sovitsky engages her kindergarten students in thinking, listening, and speaking during an interactive read-aloud with a rich literary text.

SOURCE: California Department of Education Professional Learning Module Series

Online Resources to Support Planning in ELA Instruction

These web-based resources provide additional resources and support for teachers as they move through the process of planning performance tasks in English Language Arts.

  • Key Shifts in English Language Arts: On their website, the Common Core State Standards Initiative lays out the three main shifts in the focus of English Language Arts that educators need to understand in order to provide effective instruction under the Common Core State Standards.

  • Smarter Balanced ELA/Literacy Claims: The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium developed these ELA/Literacy claims to help bridge the standards and assessments, allowing for an accurate view of student achievement on the summative assessment.

  • Smarter Balanced Argumentative Performance Task Writing Rubric: The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium provides rubrics to evaluate student writing in the English Language Arts/Literacy performance tasks. This rubric is designed for argumentative writing in grades 6-11. In the Supporting Students to Effectively Select and Elaborate on Textual Evidence video series, a teacher and coach adapt the rubric to focus on and scaffold specific skills.

Read-Aloud Walk-Through Checklist

This checklist was used by a coach to observe a second-grade teacher using multiple strategies to engage students in partner sharing and includes the filled-in form with observation notes. Watch the video, Partner Sharing: Good Readers Ask Questions, to see the lesson that was observed.

 

FEATURING: Woodbridge Elementary School (DE)

SOURCE: Doing What Works

Graphic Organizer

Graphic maps become more elaborate as students develop in skill or write different types of text. See two stages of a girl’s work on a multi-step story and notice her use of transition words.

 

FEATURING: Cahuenga Elementary (CA)

SOURCE: Doing What Works

Thinkaloud Survey

Teachers at Cornell Elementary School use the state-developed Thinkaloud Survey to reflect on how well they are implementing the thinkaloud strategy in classroom instruction. The survey asks teachers to rate their overall skill, describe how frequently they use the strategy, and identify the parts of the strategy with which they need assistance. For further information on the use of thinkalouds, view Dr. Joe Dimino’s demonstration in the video, Thinkaloud Examples in Comprehension and Phonics.

 

FEATURING: Cornell Elementary School (IA)

SOURCE:  Doing What Works

Greek Myths

Download the lesson plan that the seventh-grade language arts teacher follows in the presentation, Greek Myths: Understanding Word Roots and Meanings. A vocabulary word list, word assignment and map, and student riddle poems provide students with opportunities to practice vocabulary skills in varied contexts.

 

FEATURING: Carlton Cartwright, Seventh-Grade Teacher, Pocomoke Middle School (MD)

SOURCE: Doing What Works

Greek Myths

See how a seventh-grade teacher, Carlton Cartwright, uses daily unit lessons, informal methods, and multiple exposures to teach word meaning. View the related sample material, Greek Myths: Vocabulary Lesson, Word List, and Riddle Poems.

 

FEATURING: Carlton Cartwright, Seventh-Grade Teacher, Pocomoke Middle School (MD)

SOURCE: Doing What Works

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