Making the Common Core Shift with Work That Matters
Help your students connect their hard work as readers and writers to their futures as contributors to stronger communities and a better world. Transformational Literacy frames the adoption new more rigorous literacy standards as a moment of opportunity to engage and inspire students with work that matters—to help them see the connections between their hard work as readers and writers, and their futures as contributors to stronger communities and a better world.
Transformational Literacy helps teachers leverage the instructional shifts of the new standards—building knowledge through content-rich nonfiction, reading for and writing with evidence, and regular practice with complex text—to engage students in work that matters. This book combines the best of what EL Education knows works for kids—purposeful, inquiry-based learning—and the imperative of new standards—higher and deeper expectations for all students.
Transformational Literacy is a great companion to EL Education's K-8 English Language Arts Curriculum. The book, which includes 24 videos, will equip teachers to deepen their implementation of the curriculum, sharpen their understanding of the instructional shifts, internalize curriculum design decisions, and support all students to excel.
Key features of Transformational Literacy include:
- Twenty-four accompanying videos of the instructional shifts in action
- An appendix of useful tools and resources, including a discussion guide
- A professional development guide
- Guidance on how to get started with these practices and strategies for more advanced implementation
- Advice for leaders on schoolwide implementation of these practices
- A synthesis of what to expect and the common challenges related to these practices
Table of Contents
Transformational Literacy supports teachers to leverage the instructional shifts necessary for student success with college- and career-ready standards.
Chapter 1: Choosing Worthy Text
Chapter 2: Bringing Text to Life
Chapter 3: Evidence-Based Thinking, Talking, and Writing
Chapter 4: From Deep Understanding to High-Quality Written Work
Chapter 5: Building Strong Writers with Models, Critique, and Descriptive Feedback
Chapter 6: Creating the Conditions for Success with Complex Text
Chapter 7: Helping Students Read Closely
“Hopeful and helpful—Transformational Literacy is filled with work-worthy ideas that instill hope in readers by providing helpful vignettes, descriptive examples, text suggestions, and instructional shifts that will prepare young scholars for the 21st century."
Make the Most of Transformational Literacy
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