Content Area Literacy

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  • 1. Our Journey….
    Content Area Literacy at J. R. Gerritts Middle School
  • 2. About J. R. Gerritts
    • Grade 7 & 8 Middle School
    317 Students in Grade 7 + 347 Students in Grade 8 = 664 Total
    • Demographics
    Students with Disabilities – Approx 10%
    Economically Disadvantaged – Approx 15%
    English Language Learner – Approx 2%
    • Daily Schedule
    60 Minute CORE classes & 45 Minute Academy Classes
  • 3. Assembling the Team
    • Science & Social Studies Teachers
    Science = 7 Staff & Social Studies = 5 Staff
    • Literacy Resource Teacher – Content
    Jenny Thompson / 1 Day a Week – Consultant
    • Administrative Support
    Building and District level administration
  • 4. Our Journey…
    PHASE 1
    PHASE 2
    PHASE 3
  • 5. Preparing to Begin the Journey
    We have found a successful approach requires:
    Committing to content area literacy as a priority
    Recognizing the importance of providing coaching support, resources and time
    Identifying where staff is at and setting an appropriate, achievable goal
  • 6. PHASE 1
    “I’m not a Language Arts Teacher”
    Focus on…
    Setting a purpose prior to reading
    Understanding reading/thinking strategies
    Integrating pre, during and post reading strategies
  • 7. Thinking Strategies
    Monitoring for Meaning
    Using and Creating Schema
    Questioning
    Determining Importance
    Visualizing
    Inferring
    Synthesizing
  • 8. PHASE 1
    “I’m not a Language Arts Teacher”
    Focus on…
    Setting a purpose prior to reading
    Understanding reading/thinking strategies
    Integrating pre, during and post reading strategies
  • 9. STAFF/ADMINISTRATIVE ROAD BLOCK
    SOLUTION
  • 10. PHASE 1
    “I’m not a Language Arts Teacher!”
  • 11. PHASE 2
    “Is this making a difference?”
    Focus on…
    Sustaining previous content literacy work
    Collecting data to determine overall impact
    Identifying an area of focus – determining importance
  • 12. PHASE 2
    “Is this making a difference?”
  • 13. PHASE 3
    “Bringing Clarity to our Curriculum”
    Focus on…
    Unpacking thinking/reading strategies
    Teaching for student mastery
    Connecting to the Common Core
    Improving our assessment
  • 14. PHASE 3
    “Bringing Clarity to our Curriculum”
  • 15. Determining Importance
    Use text structures to aid in determining what information may be of value
    Determine what may and may not be valid information
    Sift important ideas from interesting/less relevant details
    Use strategies to hold important thinking
    Construct main ideas from gathered information
  • 16. PHASE 3
    “Bringing Clarity to our Curriculum”
  • 17. Gradual Release of Responsibility
  • 18. Reflection Tool for Teacher Modeling
  • 19. PHASE 3
    “Bringing Clarity to our Curriculum”
  • 20.
  • 21. Common Core – Standard 2
    Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
  • 22. Looking Ahead: PHASE 4
    Focus on…
    Measuring individual student growth and planning for differentiation
    Using student learning data to reflect on and then refine instruction
    Examining the critical elements of guided instruction
    Expanding the content area literacy focus to health, computer education and tech. education
  • 23. Things to Remember
    Content is important
    Collaboration is key
    Support is essential
    Time is crucial
    Time to learn and time to implement
    Celebrate the successes
    Remain student focused
  • 24. Questions?
    Scott Ott
    Social Studies Teacher – Grade 8
    sott@kimberly.k12.wi.us
    Shannon Peterson
    Science Teacher – Grade 8
    speterson@kimberly.k12.wi.us
    Dave Lamers
    Assistant Principal
    djlamers@kimberly.k12.wi.us
    Jenny Thompson
    Literacy Resource Teacher
    jthompson@kimberly.k12.wi.us