Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College & Careers (PARCC); 25 states will be using PARCC
Online means instant feedback
4 times per year
What does this mean for me?
A lot of us already do this
Less content to cover
Preparing now for the transition
Greater focus on reading comprehension
Department collaboration for common vocabulary
Areas that aren’t tested will still be held accountable
Effective vocabulary instruction: Doesn’t rely on definitions. Requires students to represent their knowledge of words linguistically and non-linguistically. Involves multiple exposures to words. Involves teaching word parts. (prefixes, suffixes & roots). Requires different types of instruction. Has students discussing the terms they are learning. Has students playing with words. Focuses on terms that have a high probability of enhancing academic success.
As a department, what are you currently doing that works well?orwhat could you do differently to improve vocabulary instruction?
Combination of long-term & short-term writing assignments
Writing on demand; timed
Use interesting writing topics
Writing makes good homework
As a department, what are you currently doing that works well?orwhat could you do differently to improve Writing instruction?
Textbook Feature Analysis (beginning of the year)
Organization & Signal Words (transitions)
Article of the Week for your content area
20 Questions Strategies
“What Were You Thinking” (written evidence of thinking/interactions with the text)
Sample article of the week: “Texas Man Gets First Full Face Transplant in US”
www.commoncore.org (CCSS-aligned lesson plans)
www.jc-schools.net/tutorials/vocab/strategies.html (vocab games for LA, math, science & Social Studies)
www.fcrr.org (Florida Center for Reading Research)