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1 A Focused Look at 21 st Century Reading English Language Arts County Leadership Conference Office of Instruction Terry Reale, Coordinator

2 Session Agenda: How to 1. Ensure reading English language arts (RELA) instruction and assessments for learning match DOK of the CSO 2. Identify RELA CSO complexity - Depth of Knowledge (DOK) 3.Use the Lexile Framework for RELA 4.Use vocabulary and reading comprehension in all content 5. Use of Writing Connection module within the content, learning skills and technology tools

3 What happened in this story? Conversation Piece by Ned Guymon

4 Then and Now An Old Reading CSO RLA.O recognize connections among ideas in literary and informational text (e.g. text to self, text-to-text, text to world connection) and recognize that global awareness promotes understanding, tolerance, and acceptance of ethnic, cultural, religious and personal differences. DOK 3 A Revised Reading CSO RLA.8.1.2relate literary theme to global situations. 4

5 Then and Now An Old Reading CSO RLA.O extend vocabulary by developing and using new terms through various literary and informational texts through various strategies: context clues affixes prefixes multiple meanings origin history evolution DOK 2 A Revised Reading CSO RLA expand vocabulary through various literary works. 5

6 6 Level 4 Extended Reasoning Requires complex thinking & reasoning over an extended period of time Level 3 Strategic Reasoning Focus on need for reasoning; complex & abstract thinking required; more than one correct approach or response Level 2 Skill/ Conceptual Understanding Focus on applying skills and concepts Level 1 Recall Focus on facts, definitions, details, routine procedures; one right answer

7 15 Elements of Successful Adolescent Literacy Program Instructional Improvements 1. Direct, explicit comprehension instruction 2. Effective instructional principles embedded in content 3. Motivation and self-directed learning 4. Text-based collaborative learning 5. Strategic tutoring 6. Diverse texts 7. Intensive writing 8. Technology component 9. Ongoing formative assessment of students Infrastructure Improvements 1. Extended time for literacy 2. Professional development 3. Ongoing summative assessment of students and programs 4. Teacher teams 5. Leadership 6. A comprehensive and coordinated literacy program Alliance for Excellent Education 2004

8 Literacy is the linchpin of standards-based reform…the explicit instruction of literacy skills in the context of content-area learning supports student achievement not only in reading and writing, but across the curriculum. (National Association of State Boards of Education, 2005)

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11 Defining Lexiles The Lexiles Framework for Reading is a scientific approach to measuring text difficulty and reading ability, putting both texts and readers on the same scale to accurately match readers to texts. A Lexile measure is a simple number followed by an L (e.g., 950L) The Lexile scale ranges from 220L for a beginning reader to 1700L for advanced texts. The Lexile measure and Lexile scale are integral parts of the Lexile Framework. The Lexile Framework is not an instructional program. Lexiles can be used in managing instructional programs and resources

12 Lexiles and The News USA Today Wall Street Journal New York Times Washington Post Chicago Tribune Reuters Associated Press

13 Lexiles and The News USA Today (1200L) Associated Press (1310L) Chicago Tribune (1310L) Wall Street Journal (1320L) Washington Post (1350L) NY Times (1380L) Reuters (1440L)

14 As a Measure of Text Readability Approximately 115,000 books with Lexile measures are available at Tens of millions of articles with Lexile measures are available through database-services partners (EBSCO and Pro-Quest)

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18 Rank these books according to difficulty: Babe: The Gallant Pig by Dick King-Smith Along Came a Spider by James Patterson The Dead Zone by Stephen King 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish Harry Potter & the Sorcerers Stone by J.K. Rowling Curious George by H.A. Rey Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs

19 Rank these books according to difficulty: Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish 140L Curious George by H.A. Rey 400L Along Came a Spider by James Patterson 600L The Dead Zone by Stephen King 790L 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne 850L Harry Potter & the Sorcerers Stone by J.K. Rowling 880L Babe: The Gallant Pig by Dick King-Smith 1040L War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy 1240L Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs 1270L

20 As a Measure of Reader Ability Commercial Test Publishers –CTB/McGraw Hill Terra Nova Assessment Series –Harcourt –SAT-9, SAT-10, SDRT-4, –MAT-8 –Pearson Progress Assessment Series –PASeries Reading, PASeries Mathematics –Scholastic –Scholastic Reading Inventory and SRI-Interactive –The Riverside Publishing Company –Gates-MacGinitie Reading Test (GMRT-4) –The Iowa Tests (ITBS, ITED)

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23 Click on the Tools Tab Click on Lexile Analyzer You will have to register to use the analyzer. Your registration will be confirmed by .

24 What teachers need to know How to: Use Lexiles as a reading measurement system Profile students, predict comprehension, and match readers to text Access and use online resources Develop and use tiered reading/resource lists to support differentiation Understand, chart, and explain patterns of Lexile growth

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29 Adolescent Reading Program Components Adapted from Dr. Anita Archer-Improving Adolescent Literacy

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31 Writing Connections Writing Applications for Real World Experiences

32 Reflection Turn to your neighbor and share 1.One idea/resource that was new to you today 2.Something you will be able to use as an instructional leader in your county 3.How will you provide leadership in introducing or maintaining the idea from question 1 in your county?


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