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Getting to the CORE of Literacy


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Getting to the CORE of Literacy

  1. 1. Linda Martier, Literacy Coach Devon Betz, Reading Specialist Deborah Hoover, LibrarianShallow Brook Intermediate School Northeastern School District
  2. 2. The CORE: Read, Talk, Write“The implementation of a coherent curriculum;effective lessons; and abundant amounts ofpurposeful reading, writing and talking should beschools’ highest priorities.” Schmoker, Mike. Focus. Alexandia, Virginia: ASCD, 2011. Print.
  3. 3. Curriculum: Common CoreRead: Vocabulary ComprehensionTalk and Write: Socratic Method RAFTsDiscussion and Reflections
  4. 4. Establishing Background Information Anne Goudvis and Max Wittmer on - a coherent curriculum - effective lessons- abundant amounts of purposeful reading, writing and talking
  5. 5. Common Core Standards• Complex texts are a cornerstone of the Common Core State Standards. (Standard 10)• Students must be taught to do an independent close reading of a text using strategies. (No over-scaffolding.)• Students must persists despite the discomfort inherent in analyzing complex text- a Socratic approach to understanding.• Interventions are to focus on vocabulary and syntax of complex sentences so students can be independent.• Go beyond “text-to-self” connections (Instructional time, equity, rigor). What is the text saying?• Exemplar lessons available at
  6. 6. Read: Vocabulary• Story Impression• Content Vocabulary• Word Analysis• Syntax, too!
  7. 7. Read: Comprehension• “The Situation” (P. 33-34) Conklin, Tom. Disasters ! New York: Scholastic Professional Books. 2000. Print.• Genre?• Text Features (headings, sub-headings, special print, graphics)?• Text Structure?• Graphic Organizer to Aid Comprehension• Question Matrix to Aid Comprehension• Author’s Purpose?
  8. 8. Talk and Write• High-level comprehension is necessary to meet Common Core Standards.• Socratic Approach (Open-Ended Approach)
  9. 9. Socratic LinksHTH Learning Video – Socratic Seminar Instructions – Mark Aguirre Instruction: How To– Huan Do W. Paul Socratic Video Series – Sample to Buy Like an Historian – Middle to Secondary Socratic Circle – Elementary to Middle Amendment Socratic Discussion – Elementary
  10. 10. Talk and Write• Small Group Application• RAFTs: Role Audience Format Topic
  11. 11. Discussion and Reflections• The Socratic method is a form of inquiry and debate between individuals with opposing viewpoints based on asking and answering questions to stimulate critical thinking and to illuminate ideas.
  12. 12. Application of Session’s Learning• “The implementation of a coherent curriculum; effective lessons; and abundant amounts of purposeful reading, writing and talking should be schools’ highest priorities.” (Page 17) Schmoker, Mike. Focus. Alexandia, Virginia: ASCD, 2011. Print.• Sharing of instructional ideas