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Arkansas State Personnel Development Grant. Closing the achievement gap in literacy and mathematics remains at the forefront of the CTAG initiative.

Arkansas State Personnel Development Grant

The selection of effective instruction and intervention approaches to address the unique needs of individual students and student groups is critical to this effort. In order to help districts and schools select and implement literacy instruction/ intervention strategies that will enable students struggling in area of literacy to master critical skills and concepts, the following tools and resources are available: the Literacy Intervention Matrix and the Reading Intervention RIDE. The Literacy Intervention Matrix Arkansas’ state literacy program has been organized in three sequential initiatives for a number of years: Smart Start for kindergarten through Grade 4, Smart Step for Grades 5 through 8, and Next Step for Grades 9-12. English Language Arts Deconstructed Standards. Common Core State Standards - ELA & Literacy Resources. The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English Language Arts (ELA) & Literacy are the foundation of the K-12 Oregon Diploma; the Essential Skills for reading and writing are embedded within the CCSS.

Without these skills, students won’t have access to full content in school. That is why the CCSS include reading and writing standards customized for Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects. Nonfiction Literacy and Current Events. The Lexile Framework for Reading. DOGO News - Kids news articles! Kids current events; plus kids news on science, sports, and more! Nonfiction Literacy and Current Events. Big Universe Learning - Blog - Part 7.

Writing Text Types. Argument: Definition An argument is a reasoned, logical way of demonstrating the writer’s position, belief, or conclusion.

Writing Text Types

The writer makes a claim and then defends that claim with information from credible sources. Students must clarify relationships between the claim and the evidence and address counter claims. Argument takes the form of opinion in the elementary grades and evolves into argument in the middle and high school grades. What are the characteristics of the argument text type? Argument is an especially important text type since it requires the writer to provide reasoned, logical proof for a claim or assertion. “While all three text types are important, the Standards put particular emphasis on students’ ability to write sound arguments on substantive topics and issues, as this ability is critical to college and career readiness.”

Firsthand: Units of Study for Teaching Writing, Grade by Grade. Units of Study in Opinion/Argument, Information, and Narrative WritingA Common Core Workshop Curriculum The series that helped hundreds of thousands of educators revolutionize their primary and intermediate writing workshop instruction is now offering the grade-specific support teachers have been clamoring for.

firsthand: Units of Study for Teaching Writing, Grade by Grade

Building on the best practices and proven frameworks in the original Units of Study for Teaching Writing series, this new series by Lucy Calkins and her colleagues from the Reading and Writing Project offers grade-by-grade plans for teaching writing workshops that help students meet and exceed the Common Core State Standards. "This series is being published just as the United States sets out on an effort to lift the level of literacy instruction across all our schools, making sure that students enter college and 21st century careers ready to flourish.

The Common Core State Standards have set the bar to a height that no one teacher, no single year of teaching, can attain. Homepage - ReadWriteThink. Kansas College and Career Ready ELA > ELA Resources > NEW Information in the Field of ELA. Common Core State Standards: English Language Arts. 1 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.

Common Core State Standards: English Language Arts

Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking. (show more) Print many upper- and lowercase letters. Use frequently occurring nouns and verbs. Form regular plural nouns orally by adding /s/ or /es/ (e.g., dog, dogs; wish, wishes). Understand and use question words (interrogatives) (e.g., who, what, where, when, why, how). Kindergarten students can use and expand complete sentences, print many (upper-and lowercase) letters, use nouns and verbs, use question words, and use prepositions.

Common Core State Standards - Samples of Texts, Tasks, & Writing. iTeach4Results - *ELA & Literacy. Performance-Tasks-Writing-Rubrics. Assessment and Rubrics. State of Delaware - ELA Assessment Tools. Literacy Design Collaborative. Nonfiction Literacy and Current Events. Illinois State Board of Education - ELA/Literacy Learning Progressions. This tool is designed to help teachers and students establish clear expectations for moving language learning forward.

Illinois State Board of Education - ELA/Literacy Learning Progressions

It uses the Common Core State Standards to define what it means to keep language skills on pace for college and career readiness. Most importantly, it leverages the key progressions of the PARCC Model Content Frameworks to clarify achievement at the "next level". By focusing prompts, assessment, and feedback on the underlined text (which are the key progressions), teachers, parents, and students are able to establish clear expectations and criteria for success aligned to the Common Core State Standards. We encourage all users to study the organization and language of this tool. We are hopeful this analysis will lead to rich conversations that deepen our understanding of what it means to be "on pace" for success in college and career.

Lastly, please utilize the feedback link located near the bottom of each page. Argumentation vs. Persuasion. ELA Resources - The Common Core Conversation. ELA Common Core Resources - Curriculum_and_Instruction.