Hello all! I am teaching in an extremely low income, urban (but not failing!) school that has been placed in with a group of habitually failing schools. As part of the group, we have to follow all of the mandates that the admins over the group come up with. The latest thing is the concrete-representational-abstract progression in instruction, usually used for math. Now, we have been given a (hard to follow) mandated lesson plan that we must use for ALL subjects, and all plans/lessons MUST follow that progression. I can easily use it in math and science, but I'm having problems relating it to reading, writing, and Social Studies. We aren't supposed to actively teach grammar and spelling (they are supposed to "get it" from the literature), so multisensory grammar methods are out (although I'm still trying to fit them in). How can I make reading and writing (whole group) concrete, when the only time we are working on foundational skills is with my lowest kids and during intervention? I don't even have a set of letters! Any and all help is appreciated - please excuse the rant!