4 Lexile Literature 1500 - On Ancient Medicine 1400 - The Scarlet Letter Brown vs. Board of Ed.War and PeacePride and PrejudiceBlack Beauty900 - Tom Swift in the Land of Wonders800 - The Adventures of Pinocchio700 - Bunnicula: A Rabbit Tale of Mystery600 - A Baby Sister for Frances500 - The Magic School Bus Inside the Earth400 - Frog and Toad are Friends300 - Clifford’s Manners
5 Metametrics is an “endorsing partner” of the Common Core State Standards Initiative and they have found:Text Complexity of K-12 books has become easier over the last 50 years, while the text demands of college and careers has remained constant or increased.Source: MetaMetrics
6 CCSS and Text Complexity Lexile range for 11th and 12th grade textbooks is 1050L to 1165LLexile range for postsecondary pursuits is between 1200L to 1400LThat’s a potential 250L difference for our proficient seniors, which means they move from a 75% comprehension to 50% comprehension!Source: MetaMetrics
7 Are YOUR students ready for this?? Grade BandCurrent Lexile Band“Stretch” Lexile BandK-1N/A2-3450L – 725L450L – 790L4-5645L – 845L770L – 980L6-8860L – 1010L955L – 1155L9-10960L – 1115L1080L – 1305L11-CCR1070L – 1220L1215L – 1355LAre YOUR students ready for this??
8 Reading scores for nine-year-olds – who show no decline in voluntary reading – are at an all-time high. Little more than one-third of high school seniors now read proficiently Source: Readicide by Kelly Gallagher
9 Chapter 9 Practices and Instruction Recommendations for:starting a literacy initiativeworking with ELL studentsmaking the most of professional development timeusing young adult literature to enhance a literacy initiative
10 MetaMetrics advocates a “staircase” of increasing text complexity, starting with second grade. Excellent!!!....but what do we do with the students we have NOW, who aren’t even close to grade level??
13 There’s always an alternative: The “Classic”:The YA alternative:To Kill a MockingbirdRomeo & JulietA Separate PeaceThe Great GatsbyThe Scarlet LetterLord of the FliesJane EyreSpite FencesSon of the MobLooking for AlaskaJake, ReinventedSpeakBeauty QueensA Breath of Eyre
14 Using RAFTs for Book of the Month Each month, select a high-interest Young Adult title and amass 25 copiesCreate a RAFT assignment for students to completeOnce complete, student selects teacher who will give ____ amount of extra credit
15 R.A.F.T. Role – What role will the student assume as a writer? Audience – Choose an audience for writingFormat – Specify format possibilities the writing will take (comic strip, letter to editor, feature article, poem)Topic – Define the topic, determine questions to be answered and point to be madeSource: ICLE Strategic Reading Kit
31 SWS & Spite Fences Spite Fences by Trudy Krisher Alternative to To Kill a MockingbirdWorks well with CCSS documents
32 “The Common Core Standards…push students, teachers, and districts to include both critical analysis and media production in all classrooms, not simply ELA.” -Sheehy & Clemmons, 2012
33 MATH The Number Devil by Hans Magnus Enzensberger Twelve-year-old Robert is visited in his dreams every night by the Number Devil, who presents concepts such as prime numbers, square roots and infinity.MATH
34 Project Idea:Students create storyboard based on their assigned “dream”Work collaboratively to select scenes, conflicts, turning points and dialogueUse electronic presentation or movie-making technologies to create a storyboard-All project ideas from Teaching Young AdultLiterature Today by Hayn & Kaplan
35 MUSIC Fat Kid Rules the World by K. L. Going 296 pound Troy is about to jump off a subway platform when he meets Curt. Can joining Curt’s band as a drummer (even though he can’t play) change his life?MUSIC
36 Project Idea:Students analyze the importance of music to Troy and CurtDevelop a timeline for an important year in their own life that reflects how music impacted their lifeUse software to create a soundtrack of their own life, along with fictional headlines
37 SCIENCE The Carbon Diaries 2015 by Saci Lloyd Laura lives in London, in 2015where carbon rationingis required of all citizens. Thisaffects her cell phone use, hertravel and even her foodsupply.
38 Project Idea: Students determine their own carbon footprint Research a country’s carbon emission’s related to its populationCreate charts, tables, reports and presentations reporting their research and analysis
39 WORLD LANGUAGES La Linea by Ann Jahamillo Miguel is fifteen and finally ready to cross the border, but his journey becomes even more dangerous when his little sister tags along.
40 Project Idea:Students read the Spanish phrases and learn about customsDiscuss and analyze the many facets of immigration issueCreate website documenting Miguel’s journey, researching weather, communities along the way and resourcesIf possible, written in Spanish
41 SOCIAL STUDIES Hot, Sour, Salty, Sweet by Sherri L. Smith Ana Shen learns about her Chinese American and African American heritage as all four grandparents help prepare her eighth grade graduation meal.
42 Project Idea:Students learn history and geography as they read about Korean War and African American experienceGroups create wikis to represent different cultures and different experiences with warCreate newspaper/journal from viewpoint of assigned cultural group
43 HEALTH SCIENCE Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson Lia’s battle with anorexia intensifies after her friend Cassie commits suicide.
44 Project Idea: Students choose an unhealthy behavior to research Using presentation and video software, create Public Service Announcement (PSA)Share PSA with school or other appropriate audience
45 BUSINESS Feed by M.T. Anderson Titus and his friends love “the Feed” that gives them 24/7 information. But falling in love with Violet after his breaks down causes him to question what he has always taken for granted.
46 Project Idea: Students choose Feed or another YA title to promote Use movie-making or publishing softwareUse knowledge of marketing, advertising, public relations and budgeting to create an ad, “branding” the book
47 THEATER ARTS orCREATIVE WRITINGMonster byWalter Dean MyersWas Steve really involved in the fatal shooting or a convenience-store owner, or was he in the wrong place at the wrong time?
48 Project Idea: Students analyze the movie-script format of the book Create a storyboard, choosing scenes from the book to answer the question, “Is Steve a monster?”Film their own short movie trailer based on the scenes chosen
49 Anticipation Guides Minute Paper Somebody Wanted But So TFCN Strategies for YA Lit:Anticipation GuidesMinute PaperSomebody Wanted But SoTFCN