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CCSS for ELA & Literacy

This series introduces and examines areas of emphasis in California's adopted K-12 Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts, Literacy in History/Social Studies, and Science and Technical Subjects.

Series topics are:

An Introduction to CCSS and Smarter Balanced Assessments

• Key design considerations of California's Common Core State Standards and the California additions included in the adoption
• How the standards are organized
• Similarities and shifts in comparison to California's 1997 standards
• Areas of emphasis in California's Common Core State Standards

Three Key Shifts

• Understand and explore three Key Shifts required in Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects
• Discover implications for planning and instruction
• Identify possible next steps for implementing the Three Key Shifts

Informational Text: An Introduction

• Informational text and why it is important to students’ success
• How informational text is addressed in California’s Common Core State Standards
• Where informational text is taught in our current ELA materials

Writing Applications: An Introduction

• The communicative purposes of writing applications - to persuade, to explain, and to convey experience
• How writing applications are addressed in California’s Common Core State Standards and their alignment with NAEP
• Writing applications across the grade levels in our current ELA materials

Collaborative Conversations: An Introduction

• What collaborative conversations are and why they are important to students' success
• How collaborative conversations are addressed in California’s Common Core State Standards
• The role of collaborative conversations in our current ELA materials

Foundational Skills for Reading (Grades K-5)

• Foundational skills for reading and the impact on students' success in reading
• The four subheadings in the Foundational Skills standards - Print Concepts, Phonological Awareness, Phonics and Word Recognition, and Fluency
• How the standards are foundational in developing proficient readers
• Where foundational skills are taught in your current ELA materials

Text Complexity in the Reading Strand (Grades 2-12)

• Learn about the role of text complexity in California’s Common Core State Standards
• Examine the three-part model for measuring text complexity
• Use tools to explore the three-part model
• Connect to the core curriculum

Text-Dependent Questions

• Explore the importance of text-dependent analysis in implementing the Common Core standards
• View an example of the use of text-dependent questions
• Study the Reading standards
• Distinguish between text-dependent questions and non-text-dependent questions and apply understanding

Developing Text-Dependent Questions – A Process

• Review the importance of text-dependent questions
• Make connections between the CCSS Reading Standards and text-dependent questions
• Participate in a process for planning text-dependent questions
• Develop text-dependent questions

Understanding Depth of Knowledge

• Build background for Depth of Knowledge
• Compare Webb's Depth of Knowledge and Bloom's Taxonomy
• Explore the Cognitive Rigor Matrix
• Practice applying levels of DOK to different types of tasks and assessments

The Smarter Balanced Assessments: An Introduction (ELA & Math)

• Learn about the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC)
• Learn about the key features, claims, and item types for ELA/Literacy and Mathematics
• Explore the Smarter Balanced website

Close Reading

• Understand the increased text complexity demands of the CCSS and the value of teaching students to read closely
• Make connections between the CCSS and close reading
• Experience a close read
• Practice the steps for planning a close read

Opinion & Argument (Grades K-6)

• Explore the expectations and progression of opinion and argument writing in California's Common Core State Standards (CCSS)
• Define and examine the elements of opinion and argument writing
• Understand the relationships between oral language, reading, and writing
• Experience protocols to facilitate opinion and argument writing in your classroom
• Connect to classroom practice

Argument Writing (Grades 6-12)

• Explore the expectations and progression of argument writing in California's Common Core State Standards (CCSS)
• Define and examine the elements of argument writing
• Understand the relationships between oral language, reading, and writing
• Experience protocols to facilitate argument writing in your classroom
• Connect to classroom practice

Literacy in the Disciplines: An Introduction

• Review the Common Core State Standards for Literacy in History, Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects
• Define disciplinary literacy
• Explore the importance of disciplinary literacy
• Explore an instructional strategy to support literacy in all disciplines
• Plan to implement the strategy

These courses are available for delivery. $25-$50 per participant per topic. Fee includes materials and varies based upon individual district needs.

For more information or to schedule an event at your site or district, contact:

Monica Abeyta
(916) 228-2559
mabeyta@scoe.net