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Literacy Resources

These literacy resources have been gathered to help District Literacy Coordinators and Instructional Coaches with their professional development activities.

Close Reading     •     Current Research - What Works     •     Instructional Protocols     •     Karin Hess Resources     •     Kate Kinsella Resources     •     Lesson Planning     •     Paragraph Frames     •     Professional Learning Communities     •     TextProject

Close Reading

Close Reading Lesson Plan Template Close Reading Lesson Planning Template for Informational Text (pdf)
Here is a close reading planning form for Informational Text.

Source: Consortium on Reading Excellence (CORE)

Close Reading Lesson Plan Template Close Reading Lesson Planning Template for Literary Text (pdf)
Educators can use this close reading planning form for Literary Text.

Source: Consortium on Reading Excellence (CORE)

Elementary Close Reading Elementary Close Reading Lesson Planning Form (pdf)
This template provides ELA teachers with specific guidance for designing lessons that align with effective instructional techniques.
Source: Consortium on Reading Excellence (CORE)
Text Complexity Informational Text Complexity Rubric (doc)
This rubric will help you determine the text complexity of informational text. Criteria: purpose, text structure, language features, and knowledge demands.
Text Complexity Literature Text Complexity Rubric (doc)
This rubric will help you determine the text complexity of literary text. Criteria: meaning, text structure, language features, and knowledge demands.
Elementary Close Reading Navigating Text Complexity
A collection of tools to help teachers navigate text complexity.

Source: CCSSO

Selecting Text Tool Selecting Text Tool - Qualitative Feature Considerations (pdf)
This tool assists educators in determining the level of challenge a text presents for their students.
Source: CSAI-WestED
Supporting Students Supporting Students in Close Reading - Resource Packet (pdf)
This resource guides teachers in the process of instructional planning for close reading with students.
Source: CSAI-WestED
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Current Research - What Works

Unlocking Research English Language Development (pdf)
Guidelines for Instruction ~ William Saunders, Claude Goldenberg and David Marcelletti

Source: AFT - American Federation of Teachers

Unlocking Research Unlocking the Research on English Learners (pdf)
What we know - and don't yet know - about effective instruction. ~ Claude Goldenberg

Source: AFT - American Federation of Teachers

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Instructional Protocols

Power of Protocols Power of Protocols
Facilitators can use this resource to employ strategies and structures to move teams to deeper levels of thinking and reflection.

Source: Learning Forward

Unlocking Research Protocols and Activities ... from A to Z
You can find instructional protocols you can use with adults to engage in active listening and reflection, honor differing perspectives, and provide equity in voices heard.

Source: NSRF - National School Reform Faculty

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Karin Hess Resources

Cognitive Rigor Matrix & Curricular Examples
  • English Language Arts (pdf)
  • Fine Arts (pdf)
  • Math (pdf)
  • Depth of Knowledge & Cognitive Rigor Matrix Review
  • Linking Research with Practice (pdf)
    Depth of Knowledge Examples
  • ELA - Grades 5, 8, 11 & 12 (xls)
  • Math - Grades 5 & 8 (xls)
  • Digital Poster Set
  • Kid T-B-E-A-R (pdf)
    Kid Friendly Cognitive Rigor Matrix
  • Blank (pdf)
  • Form Fillable / Interactive (pdf)
  • Blue Border (pdf)
  • Yellow Border (pdf)
  • Student Work Analysis
  • Template (doc)
    Student Work Analysis Examples
  • Favorite Holiday - Grade 3 (doc)
  • Studying Sharks - Grade 3 (doc)
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    Kate Kinsella Resources

    Planning for Lesson Hot Spots Academic Discussion Template (doc)
    Think - Write - Discuss - Report

    Source: Kate Kinsella, Ed. D

    Vocabulary Notebook Template Vocabulary Notebook Template (doc)
    Verbal practice and writing practice

    Source: Kate Kinsella, Ed. D

    Vocabulary Notebook Template Sample Vocabulary Notebook Template Sample (doc)
    Topic: Lesson Partner Behavior

    Source: Kate Kinsella, Ed. D

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    Lesson Planning

    Planning for BetterLesson Achieve the Core
    Find, steal, and share free Common Core tools. For teachers, coaches, school and district leaders.
    Planning for BetterLesson The Better Lesson
    Over 10,000 complete Common Core-aligned lessons developed by Master Teachers.
    Planning for Lesson Hot Spots Planning for Lesson Hot Spots (pdf)
    This form will help educators anticipate predictable failures in a lesson.

    Source: CSAI-WestED

    Teaching the Core Teaching the Core
    This website provides full-length videos of language arts and math lessons that demonstrate the core standards in practice in real classrooms throughout the U.S.
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    Paragraph Frames

    Informational Text Summary Frame Informational Text Summary Frame (doc)
    This writing frame will help students comprehend and summarize informational text.

    Source: Kate Kinsella, Ed. D

    Justification Paragraph Frame Justification Paragraph Frame (doc)
    Students can use this frame to effectively write a response to an academic discussion prompt.

    Source: Kate Kinsella, Ed. D

    Writing Frames Writing Frames (doc)
    A model for teaching writing to struggling writers. 13 examples are included.

    Source: Anita Archer

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    Professional Learning Communities

    Collaborative Leadership Collaborative Leadership (pdf)
    Facilitating Learning Teams
    This unit focuses on the structures and supports teams need in order to accomplish their goals.

    Source: Learning Forward

    Collaborative Leadership Learning Forward Publications
    Additional briefs, workbooks and resources to help schools and districts implement the Common Core.
    Becoming a Learner System Becoming a Learning System
    This book outlines the skills and behaviors district leaders need to coach school leaders to embed the definition and standards daily routines.
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    TextProject

    "Meet the Researcher" Google Hangout

    January 27: David Pearson - The state of the field: Qualitative analyses of text complexity. Elementary School Journal, 2014, 115(2), 161-180.

    February 19: Jill Fitzgerald & Jeff Elmore - Important text characteristics for early-grade text complexity. Journal of Educational Psychology (in press, 2015).

    March 19: Maria Murray and Kristen Munger - An analysis of two reading intervention programs: How do the words, texts, and programs compare? Elementary School Journal, 114(4), 479-500.

    April 23: Guy Trainin and Kathleen Wilson - A comparison of reading rates, comprehension, and stamina in oral and silent reading of fourth-grade students. Reading Psychology (in press, 2015)

    May 21: Gina Cervetti - Factors that influence the difficulty of science words, Journal of Literacy Research (in press, 2015)

    FURTHER INFORMATION ON THE HANGOUTS: