Reading & Writing Beyond the ELA Classroom

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  1. ku_alum

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    If you follow CommonCore (or CommonCore-Inspired State) Standards, all classrooms/subject areas have reading and writing standards.

    What does your school (particularly at the secondary level) do to train and assist teachers in incorporating literacy standards into their content area?

    What resources have been helpful?

    What does writing look like in math? science? history? technology? fine arts? career?

    If you teach a non-ELA course, what writing assignments/lessons do you use? What about reading?
     
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  3. Koriemo

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    At the beginning of the past two school years, teachers have been provided with a rubric for grading writing and a PD session on how to assess student writing. The English department chair and Social Studies department chair lead this session together. All students also get a writing handbook freshman year, and while English teachers cover the information at the beginning of each year, all teachers are supposed to hold students to those standards.

    I'm not sure what standards our Art department uses, but I know they have vocabulary standards. Students do varying writing/speaking projects involving the use of that vocabulary.

    Our social studies department purchased reading comprehension workbooks that go along with the textbook for middle schoolers. High school students read biographies and autobiographies and also read original documents.

    The science department also has a reading component that focuses on science based high interest non fiction. They can choose to read books like Stiff, A Short History of Nearly Everything, or The Demon Haunted World.
     
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    Thank you, Koriemo!

    I led 2 PD sessions a couple of years ago, but there was no follow-through to ensure teachers were trying to incorporate literacy. So, it didn't take off in many classrooms. It's time to try again.
     

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