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Literacy in the Classrooms

  • Building Towards the Future
  • Balancing of Literary and Informational Text: Texts are presented in a multitude of formats: written, spoken, video, and other forms of multimedia. (elementary)
  • Knowledge in the Disciplines: Students come to discussions prepared, having read or studied appropriate material and then explicitly draw on that preparation and other knowledge about the topic to explore ideas under discussion. (elementary, secondary)
  • Text-based Answers: Ask text dependent question from a range of question types that require student to cite strong and thorough textual evidence. (secondary)
  • Text-based Answers: Engage students in rich and rigorous conversations dependent on common text. (secondary)
  • Text-based Answers: Design instruction for whole group, small group, and individual instruction to cultivate student responsibility and independence. (secondary)
  • Writing from Sources: Provide students with writing activities in which they must draw evidence from texts, support logical inferences, and present clear information and/or claims. (secondary)
  • Writing from Sources: Significant attention is devoted to precise details relating to tone, style, ambiguity, structure, and standard vs. non-standard conventions. (secondary)
  • Writing from Sources: Conduct short research projects to answer a question, drawing on several sources. (elementary, secondary)
  • Academic Vocabulary : Students are taught fewer words, but at a deeper and more meaningful level. (elementary)


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