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Our Journey….<br />Content Area Literacy              at J. R. Gerritts Middle School<br />
About J. R. Gerritts<br /><ul><li>Grade 7 & 8 Middle School</li></ul>317 Students in Grade 7 + 347 Students in Grade 8 = 6...
Assembling the Team<br /><ul><li>Science & Social Studies Teachers</li></ul>		Science = 7 Staff  & Social Studies = 5 Staf...
Our Journey…<br />PHASE 1<br />PHASE 2<br />PHASE 3<br />
Preparing to Begin the Journey<br />We have found a successful approach requires:<br />Committing to content area literacy...
PHASE 1<br />“I’m not a Language Arts Teacher”<br />Focus on…<br />Setting a purpose prior to reading<br />Understanding r...
Thinking Strategies<br />Monitoring for Meaning<br />Using and Creating Schema<br />Questioning<br />Determining Importanc...
PHASE 1<br />“I’m not a Language Arts Teacher”<br />Focus on…<br />Setting a purpose prior to reading<br />Understanding r...
STAFF/ADMINISTRATIVE ROAD BLOCK<br />SOLUTION<br />
PHASE 1<br />“I’m not a Language Arts Teacher!”<br />
PHASE 2<br />“Is this making a difference?”<br />Focus on…<br />Sustaining previous content literacy work<br />Collecting ...
PHASE 2<br />“Is this making a difference?”<br />
PHASE 3<br />“Bringing Clarity to our Curriculum”<br />Focus on…<br />Unpacking thinking/reading strategies<br />Teaching ...
PHASE 3<br />“Bringing Clarity to our Curriculum”<br />
Determining Importance<br />Use text structures to aid in determining what information may be of value<br />Determine what...
PHASE 3<br />“Bringing Clarity to our Curriculum”<br />
Gradual Release of Responsibility<br />
Reflection Tool for Teacher Modeling<br />
PHASE 3<br />“Bringing Clarity to our Curriculum”<br />
Common Core – Standard 2<br />Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key...
Looking Ahead: PHASE 4<br />Focus on…<br />Measuring individual student growth and planning for differentiation<br />Using...
Things to Remember<br />Content is important<br />Collaboration is key<br />Support is essential<br />Time is crucial<br /...
Questions?<br />Scott Ott<br />Social Studies Teacher – Grade 8<br />sott@kimberly.k12.wi.us<br />Shannon Peterson<br />Sc...
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Content Area Literacy

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

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