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Professional Development: Introduction to the ELA / Literacy Shifts

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Overview: The Introduction to the ELA / Literacy Shifts Module is a 1–2 hour module that provides you with an introduction to the key shifts required by the Common Core State Standards for ELA / Literacy. 

How to Get Started: You are encouraged to customize any or all portions of this module to meet your needs, or the needs of your audience if you are facilitating this module for professional development. Be sure to read the User's Guide first! You can find it below the PowerPoint presentation.

The User's Guide is a detailed guide for you, the self-learner and/or facilitator. The guide includes a summary of the contents of the module, followed by suggestions for using the module—whether you have 1 hour or 2 hours. There is a summary of each of the activities and full references/links for all papers, videos, and other web resources.

What's in this Module?

  1. User's Guide
  2. PowerPoint Presentation 
  3. Reflection: Processing the Shifts
  4. Activity: Name The Standards
  5. Related Research and Readings

You can download all components of this module by clicking "Download All" option on the left. You can also scroll down to learn more about the different approaches to using this professional development and to preview the components of individual activities.

After completing this module, you are encouraged to engage with the key shifts required by the CCSS through the iTunes U Courses, created by teachers for teachers. 

PowerPoint Presentation

The presentation provides you with an overview of the key instructional shifts required by the CCSS for English Language Arts and Literacy. This presentation will explain the 3 literacy shifts and the research and rationale for each shift. Please allow additional time for questions and discussion during and after the presentation. To view the additional notes that go with each slide, download the full PowerPoint.

User's Guide: Be Sure To Read This First!

If you have 1 hour...

  • View the PowerPoint presentation
  • Complete a reflection around the Processing the Shifts Dicussion Topics (you are encouraged here to discuss your thoughts with colleagues)
  • Utilize remaining module components (Name the Standards Activity, Related Reading, Additional Videos) as time permits throughout the year (e.g., for future self-learning, in PLCs, during common planning times)
If you have 2 hours...
  • View the PowerPoint presentation
  • Complete a reflection around the Processing the Shifts Discussion Topics (you are encouraged here to discuss your thoughts with colleagues)
  • Complete the Name the Standards Activity
  • Utilize remaining module components (Related Reading, Additional Videos) as time permits throughout the year (e.g., for future self-learning, in PLCs, during common planning times)

 All times are suggested and can be expanded to incorporate more discussion as needed. Any portions of this module may be modified, reproduced, and disseminated without prior permission.  

Reflection: Processing the Shifts

This discussion is designed to provide you with an opportunity to reflect upon each of the key shifts and it's implications for instruction. You will read the shifts from the Description of ELA / Literacy Shifts handout and record your thoughts on the Processing the Shifts handout. 

Directions Handout
 
 

 

Activity: Naming the Standards

You will closely read and name the ELA and Literacy Anchor Standards with a 1–5 word phrase, thus providing you with an opportunity to become familiar with the content of the standards. You will record your work on the Name the Standards handout. Begin with the Reading strand, and continue with the Writing, Speaking and Listening, and Language strands as time permits. The answer key for the activity is available using the "Download All" option above.

Directions Handout

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