Adolescent Literacy in the Era of the Common Core
Exceptionally clear and accessible, the book addresses a full range of topics in this vitally important field, including disciplinary literacy; vocabulary instruction; classroom discussion; motivation and engagement related to digital literacy; the use of multiple texts; and writing to learn.
This book presents ‘usable knowledge’ of the highest order and of immediate value to school leaders and teachers. It will be required reading for all educators concerned with promoting and furthering adolescent literacy today.” (From the publisher’s website)
Disciplinary Literacy (Ch. 2 & 3)
Chapter 2 – Emily Philips Galloway, Joshua Fahey Lawrence, and Elizabeth Birr Moje
Research in Disciplinary Literacy: Challenges and Instructional Opportunities in Teaching Disciplinary Texts
Chapter 3 – Lisa Messina
Disciplinary Literacy in Practice: The Disciplinary Literacy Network as a Vehicle for Strengthening Instruction Across Content Areas Key Resources
Disciplinary Literacy Speech/PowerPoint from Elizabeth Moje – In this key note presentation at the at the National Reading Initiative Conference, Elizabeth Birr Moje makes the case for a disciplinary literacy that, rather than hewing to generic literacy strategies, focuses on the literacy skills required of practitioners in a content.
Disciplinary Literacy in Practice.pdf – These are copies of the resources that Lisa Messsina and her team used as described in chapter 3. Try them out yourself!
The Carnegie Content Area Literacy Survey – These surveys were designed to allow school and district leaders to take the pulse of their school literacy community and to design a strategic response to the calls for increased attention to literacy in the content areas.
Reading in the disciplines – The challenges of adolescent literacy – This report authored by Carol Lee and Anika Spratley lays out many of the important challenge that students face when reading secondary texts for content learning.
Vocabulary (Ch. 4 & 5)
Chapter 4 – Joshua Fahey Lawrence, Bridget Maher, and Catherine E. Snow
Research in Vocabulary: Word Power for Content-Area Learning
Chapter 5 – Christina L. Dobbs
Vocabulary in Practice: Creating Word-Curious Classrooms Key Resources
The Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English is a great tool for finding user friendly definitions.
The Word Generation Program is freely available to any school, teacher or program that is interested in support student vocabulary developement across the content areas.
Word Nik is an extremely rich online dictionary that provides examples of the use of each target word, as well as related words, synonyms, antonyms, etc.
Discussion (Ch. 6 & 7)
Chapter 6 – Catherine J. Michener and Evelyn Ford-Connors
Research in Discussion: Effective Support for Literacy, Content, and Academic Achievement
Chapter 7 – Abigail Erdmann and Margaret Metzger
Discussion in Practice:Sharing Our Learning Curve Key Resources
The Word Generation Website includes a nice review of some of the recent research related to improving student discussion with accountable talk and debate.
Project Zero’s Visible Thinking Routinesis a repository of deep structures that can guide student observation, thinking, writing, and discussion.
Sullivan County Board of Cooperative Educational Services, Shift 4: Text-Based Answers has compiled numerous resources to support CCSS work, including text-based discussions and text-dependent questions and answers.
Zwiers & Crawford. (2009). How to start academic conversations. This is a fantastic short article that demonstrates how some simple teacher moves can support student discussion.
While the School Reform Initiative’s protocols are mostly designed for use among adults in PLCs and CFGs, many of the protocols (especially text-based) are easily adapted for use in student discussions (our favorites include: text rendering, 4As, 3 levels of text, the block party, the chalk talk, the continuum dialogue, and more!) Book Resources
Digital Literacy (Ch. 8 & 9)
Chapter 8 – Joshua Fahey Lawrence, Mark Warschauer, Binbin Zheng, and Diana Mullins
Research in Digital Literacy: Tools to Support Learning
Chapter 9 – Ann Mechem Ziergiebel
Practice in Digital Literacy: Achieving a Cosmopolitan Orientation Book Resources
Multiple Texts (Ch. 10 & 11)
Chapter 10 – Cynthia Shanahan
Research in Multiple Texts and Text Support
Chapter 11 – Joanna Lieberman and Janet Looney
Multiple Texts in Practice: Fostering Accessibility, Engagement, and Comprehension Key Resources
The Sullivan County Board of Cooperative Educational Services [SCBOCES] compiles resources related to the CCSS Staircase of Complexity and using multiple texts.
Websites We Use For Finding Texts
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Writing-to-Learn (Ch. 12 & 13)
Chapter 12 – Vicki A. Jacobs
Research in Writing: The Rightful Place of Writing-to-Learn in Content Teaching
Chapter 13 – Carol Booth Olson and Catherine D’Aoust
Writing in Practice: Strategies for Use Across the Disciplines Key Resources
The New York Times provides lessons and prompts for addressing writing standards in the Common Core.
For a one-stop overview of writing across the curriculum, check out this excellent online resource: Bazerman et al. (2005) . Reference Guide to Writing Across the Curriculum Book Resources
CCSS & Professional Learning (Ch. 1, 14 & 15)
Chapter 1 – Jacy Ippolito and Joshua Fahey Lawrence
Bridging Content and Literacy Knowledge and Instruction: A Framework for Supporting Secondary Teachers and Students
Chapter 14 – Jacy Ippolito
Professional Learning as the Key to Linking Content and Literacy Instruction
Chapter 15 – Jacy Ippolito and Colleen Zaller
Meeting the Challenge of the Common Core State Standards Key Resources
Below are some of the websites we refer to most often when thinking about connecting our professional development and teaching to the Common Core State Standards:
|Sullivan County BOCES||http://scboces.org/Page/659s|
|Web 2.0 Tools to Support the Common Core||http://lib20.pbworks.com/w/page/51305443/workshop-commoncore|
|Edutopia: Understanding Common Core||http://www.edutopia.org/common-core-state-standards-resources|
|Literacy Design Collaborative||http://www.literacydesigncollaborative.org|
|Mathematics Design Collaborative||http://www.mygroupgenius.org/mathematics|
|Student Achievement Partners||http://www.achievethecore.org|
|The Teaching Channel (videos of teachers)||http://www.teachingchannel.org|
|TNCore (Tennessee’s website)||http://tncore.org|
Book Resources The Continuum of Protocols suggests a possible sequence for introducing discussion-based protocols to educators.