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1 Spotlight on Reading and Writing Kit Building Student Success in Reading and WritingHello, and welcome to Curriculum Associates’ training for the Spotlight on Reading and Writing Kit.This Kit is intended to improve student’s reading comprehension and writing skills through targeted instruction and practice. The components of the Kit were carefully chosen from our proven, research-based programs.We have combined these components into an easy-to-use program designed to help you build your students’ success in reading and writing.
2 Preparing for the Training To make the most of this training, you should have the materials available in front of you as you view this presentation. We’ll guide you to specific pages so that you will have hands-on experience with each component of the Kit.Before we begin, let’s check to make sure you have everything you’ll need for easy reference.First, have you downloaded your Reading and Writing Kit handout? If not, return to the training page and click the handout link and print. You may also want to have a pen to take notes.Second, is your audio loud enough for you to hear comfortably? You can adjust the volume by using the speaker button on the right side of the control bar, across the bottom of the screen. It is shown here circled in red.Third, let’s go through the materials in your Kit and pull out the components you’ll need to make the most of this training: If you need time to gather your materials, you can pause this presentation using the navigation button in the same control bar on the left, shown here circled in redIf you would like to return to a slide at any time, you can do that using the sidebar menu at the right of the presentation. You may also access the audio narration in print by clicking the Notes tab at the top of this menu.In your Kit, you received 15 students books and 1 Teacher Guide for Test Ready Plus Reading. Take one student book and the teacher guide. If you have the Texas version of the Kit, you will have TAKS Practice and Mastery rather than Test Ready.Your Kit also comes with FOCUS books for six different reading strategies; there are 15 student books and one teacher guide for each reading strategy. Pull out one student book of any strategy and one teacher guide.Your Kit also provides 15 student books and one teacher guide for each of the following Spotlight titles: Paired Passages, Responding to Writing Prompts, and Revising and Editing. Take one student book for each title and the teacher guides.You may want to tuck the Teacher Guides inside the Student Books for easy reference later.Finally, locate the Teacher Resource Guide and include that with your materials.Now, we’re ready to begin!
3 Objectives Understand the rationale of the Kit Know the purpose of each of the Kit’s componentsApply the Kit’s Pacing Charts and Daily Lesson PlansUtilize the Spotlight on Reading and Writing Kit effectively in your classroomBy the time you have finished viewing this presentation and looking at the materials, you will be able to:Understand the rationale of the Spotlight on Reading and Writing Kit,Know the purpose of each of the Kit’s componentsApply the pacing chart, or if necessary, tailor the pacing to meet your program’s needs.And you’ll be able to effectively utitlize the Spotlight on Reading and Writing Kit to improve your students’ reading and writing skills.3
4 Overview of Spotlight on Reading and Writing Kit Diagnostic PretestScaffoldedInstructionAppliedPracticePost TestLet’s take a look at an overview of the Spotlight on Reading and Writing Kit to understand how each component of the Kit works together to provide a comprehensive program.The Kit program includes research-based materials that have proven successful in improving reading and writing.The Kit provides this support through four powerful steps:The first step is diagnostic assessment, using Test Ready Plus Reading, or in Texas, TAKS Ready Math Practice.After administering the diagnostic assessment, you will begin targeted and scaffolded instruction in key reading strategies with Focus on Reading.Spotlight on paired Passages allows students to apply the strategies they’ve learned and also provided opportunities for work with graphic organizers and open-ended writing.Spotlight on Responding to Writing Prompts and Spotlight on Revising and Editing prepares students to successfully and confidently tackle writing and language arts items on tests.Finally, at the end of your program, you will return to Test Ready, or TAKS Practice and Mastery, and use the final series of lessons as a post-assessment to show growth.Now, let’s take a closer look at using your Kit…
5 Teacher Resource Guide Kit overviewScope and sequenceSuggestions for instructionResearchPacing chartsDaily lesson plansIndividual Tracking ChartClass Tracking ChartHome lettersActivitiesThe Spotlight Kit also comes with a Teacher Resource Guide that ties together each of the components in the Kit. The Resource Guide provides many useful tools for using the Kit effectively. Before we take a look at several of these tools, here is a list of all the resources available to you in the Resource Guide:The Kit overview,A scope and sequence chart outlining the reading strategies featured in the Kit,Suggestions for teaching English Language Learners,A brief overview of the research base of the programs. More detailed research white papers are available on the Curriculum Associates web site;Two convenient Pacing Charts, one for 24-days intended for shorter programs such as Summer School, and one for just over 27 weeks intended for programs such as Extended Day and After-School, which we will examine in more detail later,Detailed daily lesson plans to help you make the most of your Kit,A reproducible Tracking Chart that lets students keep track of their own performance, as well as a Class Tracking Chart for you to record results in the Focus on Reading practice books,A Home Letter, which can be sent to families at the beginning of the program,And two reproducible student activities.Find your Teacher Resource Guide now and let’s take a look inside…
6 Pacing Charts Extended-Day/After-School, p.8 Summer School, p.15 Blank Pacing Charts are provided for customization.Let’s start with the two convenient Pacing Charts, which are the heart of the Spotlight on Reading and Writing Kit and show you how to use all of the kit materials as a cohesive and effective programs. These pre-planned charts will enable you to spend more time focusing on instruction and less time planning.Let’s first look at the Pacing Chart intended for longer programs, such as Extended Day and After-School. This pacing chart outlines a program of 137 days, or just over 27 weeks, assuming approximately 45 minutes of class time per day. If you are using the Texas version of the Spotlight Kit, your Teacher Resource Guide provides a slightly different Pacing Chart.Turn to page 8 of your Teacher Resource Guide and take a few moments to examine the chart now. Notice that the program begins with step one of the program which is to pretest using Lessons 1 through 4 of Test Ready. The next step is to provide targeted instruction and practice lessons using Focus On Reading. On day 95, which is approximately week 20, you’ll then begin using the Spotlight series, for applied practice starting with Spotlight on Paired Passages.In the final five days of the program, you will use the remaining lessons form Test Ready as a Posttest.If your program uses more or less than 137 days, you can customize the pacing of the Kit using the blank pacing chart on page 40 of the Teacher Resource Guide.As you can see, the Extended Day/After-School pacing chart also serves as a tracking chart that you can photocopy for each student so that they can track and see their progress over time.Now let’s look at the 24-day Pacing Chart intended for intensive programs such as Summer School, and assumes approximately 60 to 90 minutes of class time per day.Turn to page 8 of your Teacher Resource Guide.Take a few moments to examine the chart now. Notice that you will begin on Day 1 by administering Lessons 1 through 4 of Test Ready. This is followed by a series of instruction and practice lessons using Focus On Reading. On Day 13, you will begin using the Spotlight series, starting with Spotlight on Paired Passages.On the final day of the program, you will use the remaining lessons form Test Ready as a Posttest.If your program uses more or less than 24 days, you can customize the pacing of the Kit using the blank pacing chart on page 41 of the Teacher Resource Guide.As you can see, with either Pacing Chart, the Spotlight on Reading and Writing kit provides everything you need to help your students build ehtier reading comprehension and written response skills.This training will now walk you through using the 24-day Summer School Pacing Chart program.
7 Daily Lesson Plans Turn to page 16 of TRG Each day features a daily lesson plan.Use these lesson plans to effectively utilize each component of the Kit.How much instructional time do you have each day?For the 24-day Summer School Program, the kit Teacher Resource Guide also provides Daily Lesson Plans, which are on pages 16 through 39.These lesson plans provide more detail for using each component of your Kit.For more detailed suggestions for using the specific components, refer to the individual Teacher Guides for each component.Each Daily Lesson Plan provides for a 60- to 90-minute session. However, it is important to remember that the Kit was designed to be flexible. Therefore, if you have more than 90 minutes for instructional time, you can adjust your lesson plans accordingly. For instance, if you have two hours of instructional time, you may want to designate additional time for students to complete and discuss the lessons.
8 Day 1: PretestDaily Lesson Plans tell you what materials are required.Before Day 1, print out Tracking Chart and other materialsOn Day 1, you will administer the pretest.Now let’s examine several days of daily lesson plans and the corresponding components of the Spotlight Kit so that you will be able to get your program off to a good start.Open your Teacher Resource Guide to pages 15 and 16. Here you will see the Pacing Chart and the lesson plan for Day 1.Notice that the Pacing Chart indicates this is the day for the first step of the Kit which is a diagnostic pretest using Test Ready Plus Reading. Those of you using the Texas version of the Kit will begin with TAKS Ready Math Practice.Now turn to the Daily Lesson Plan. Under “Books,” the plan tells you that you will administer the pretest on this day, directing students to complete just Lessons 1 through 4,in the Test Ready Student Books.If you choose to, and time permits, you may correct the lessons as a class, or you may simply want to collect those and correct them as time allows. The results of the pretest will not affect your plans for the next day.Notice also that the Daily Lesson Plan recommends 60 to 90 minutes for the pretest. If you have more time available, you may allow students more time to work, or you may choose to review and discuss answers as a class.You will also want to make copies of other resources you’ll use before Day 1, such as the student Tracking Chart, found on pages 34 and 35 of the Teacher Resource Guide.Let’s take a closer look now at Test Ready Plus Reading.
9 TEST READY® Plus Reading Diagnostic Pretest and Post TestProvides important practice in reading skills and test skillsDetermine how students are able to respond to writing promptsTest Ready provides multiple lessons in which students read a passage, answer mixed-practice reading comprehension questions, and respond to writing prompts.The first four lessons will serve as the diagnostic pretest. Following these lessons you will be able to determine which reading strategies students know, and those they need to improve.You will also see ho they are able to respond to open-ended writing prompts.Test Ready Plus Reading also helps students prepare for standards-based reading tests.The final series of lessons will act as the Posttest to measure growth after targeted instruction.
10 TEST READY® Plus Reading Various reading genres are featured.Make certain students have pencils and bubble sheet to record answers.Open your Test Ready Plus Reading Student Book now and spend a few moments looking at the lessons.The example shown here is from Test Ready Plus Reading Grade 5. However, the lessons at each grade level are formatted alike.You will notice that the lesson passages feature various genres; there may be poster, biographies, fables, science or social studies articles, and more. It’s important for any reading assessment piece to have different types of texts. First, students need to be exposed to different kinds of reading. Second, because we all read different texts in different ways, students may have a more difficult time answering questions after reading a nonfiction text. Knowing this will help you prepare students for reading nonfiction more effectively.To administer the lessons in Test Ready, students should be given pencils to record their answers and should mark their answers on the bubble sheet found at the back of the Student Book.
11 TEST READY® Plus Reading Mixed-practice multiple-choice questionsOpen-ended questionFollowing each reading passage is a series multiple-choice comprehension questions. These questions feature a variety of reading strategies, providing mixed practice for students. The Teacher Guide provides a scope and sequence chart so that you can determine students’ performance based on the reading strategies.The lessons conclude with an open-ended question. These questions are designed to give students practice with writing prompts commonly seen on reading tests. Two writing rubrics are provided in the Teacher Guide, although we encourage you to use your local rubric where appropriate.
12 TEST READY® Teacher Guide Student handoutsWriting rubricsReader profileScope and sequence chartAnswer KeyTurn now to your Test Ready Teacher Guide.In the Teacher Guide you will find two reproducible student handouts that provide steps for writing narrative and expository paragraphs. You may want to give these to students before they complete the open-ended writing questions.The Teacher Guide also provides two optional writing rubrics that you can use to correct the students’ writing. You may want to use the local writing rubric so that students get exposure to the rubrics they will be scored against.A scope and sequence chart allows you to analyze student performance to determine strengths and weakness in the reading strategies.And, of course, an Answer Key is provided.Don’t forget the Tracking Chart, given to students so they can record the results of their work in each component of the Kit.
13 Focus on ReadingModeling and instruction with Focus on Reading Days 2-13One strategy every two daysOn Day 2 of your program, after students have completed the Pretest, you will begin step 2 of the kit, which is targeted instruction and practice in the featured reading strategies using the various Focus on Reading titles. The Daily Lesson Plans will tell you which strategy book to use. You will begin with Focus on Understanding Main Idea and Details.You will begin in each Focus book by modeling the use of the strategy with the Learn About lessons, which we’ll examine in more detail a little later. Following the Learn About lesson, you will use the lesson Preview to help students familiarize themselves with the lessons that follow.Students will practice using the strategy in small groups, pairs, or independently in the remaining lessons.Now, put your Teacher Resource Guide aside, but don’t put it away just yet, and find your Focus student book and teacher guide.
14 Focus: Reading Strategies Understanding Main Idea & DetailsUnderstanding SequenceRecognizing Cause & EffectComparing & ContrastingMaking PredictionsDrawing Conclusions & Making InferencesMultiple reading genresLonger reading passagesMultiple-choice questionsConstructed-response questionsFocus on Reading provides targeted instruction and guided practice for each of the featured reading strategies, shown here. There is a separate student book and teacher guide for each strategy.Like Test Ready, Focus on Reading passages feature various reading genres.The passages in Focus are longer than those in test Ready, helping students apply the strategies to realistic reading scenarios.After reading a passage, students will practice with both multiple-choice and open-ended comprehension questions.
15 FOCUS on Reading: Learn About Learn About features a modeled instruction lesson.Use this lesson introduce students to the strategies.Find your Focus on Reading Student Book for any strategy now and turn to the Learn About lesson on pages 2 and 3.The Learn About lessons provide modeling and instruction in the understanding and application of the strategy being studied. This lesson should be completed as a whole class with you in the lead, modeling the use of the strategy.Pages 12 and 13 of the Focus teacher guides provide additional ideas and tips for modeling and discussion.
16 FOCUS on Reading: Lesson Preview The Lesson Preview helps students understand format of lessonsExplanation of answer choicesTurn the page to the Lesson Preview, pages 4 and 5.This lesson features a reading passage followed by two comprehension questions. On the next page of the preview are the answer choices for the questions with an explanation of why each answer is correct or incorrect.The Lesson Preview should be done as a whole-class activity to make sure students understand how to answer the questions in the lessons that follow.
17 FOCUS on Reading Multiple lessons provide practice with various genres Reading passages are followed by multiple-choice and open-ended questionsAfter the Lesson Preview, students have multiple lessons in which to practice the featured reading strategy.Each passage is followed by four multiple-choice questions and one open-ended question.You may want to model for students effective ways to answer open-ended questions.We recommend you correct the lessons as a class upon completion. It is helpful to have students read their answers out loud and explain how they chose their answer.Students should then record their results on their Tracking Chart.
18 FOCUS on Reading Teacher Guide Suggestions for teachingLearn About modeled instruction guideAnswer key with sample answers for open-ended questionsFind your Focus Teacher Guide and spend a few moments looking through it.Shown here is one page of the Learn About lesson for teachers. This section will help you use this modeled instruction lesson effectively.Also in the teacher Guide are additional teaching suggestions, a research summary, and the Answer Key.The Answer Key includes sample answers for the open-ended questions.
19 FOCUS on Success ChartTrack student performance on Focus On Reading Practice lessonsUse a different chart for each strategyUseful for planning groupsAs students complete their practice lesson in the various Focus On reading booklets, you can record the collective results of students’ work. This chart allows you to track progress for your class and may be helpful in planning groups for practice work.The Focus on Success Chart is a reproducible located on page 44 of the kit Teacher Resource Guide.
20 Review 11. What are the four steps of the Spotlight on Reading and Writing Kit?2. Which feature of the Teacher Resource Guide provides an outline for using the Kit and is customizable?3. On Day 1 of your program, you will use the Test Ready Plus Reading for what purpose?4. Why is it important for reading assessments to feature a variety of reading genres?Before we move on, take a few minutes to answer these questions in order to reinforce what you have learned. You may want to write your answers in the Notes section of your handout, where you will also find the answers.
21 Spotlight on Paired Passages Day 14 you will begin using Spotlight on Paired PassagesPut away your Focus on Reading student books and teacher guide and find your Spotlight on Paired Passages student book and teacher guide. Also turn back to your kit Teacher Resource Guide and open it to page 29.Beginning on Day 14, after instruction in the Focus on Reading books, you will begin step three of the Kit program, which is to provide applied practice using the Spotlight series, starting with Spotlight on Paired Passages.Notice in the Daily Lesson Plan for Day 14 that you will begin by modeled and guided instruction using the Learn About and Preview lessons from Spotlight.Let’s take a closer look at Spotlight on Paired Passages now.
22 Spotlight on Paired Passages Targeted-practice seriesStudents read paired passages of different genresStudents answer various kinds of comprehension questionsSpotlight on Paired Passages provides targeted practice for students as they read paired passages of different genres. For instance, the fist passage may be a poem and the second passage a fable, but both will have a similar topic.After reading, students answer various types of questions related to each individual passages and to both passages together.There are four types of comprehension questions in each lesson: multiple-choice questions, short-response graphic organizer questions, short-response writing questions, and extended-response writing questions.Each student book begins with both a Learn About lesson and a Preview lesson for teacher modeling and guided practice.Open your student book now to the Learn About lesson on pages 2 and 3.
23 Spotlight on Paired Passages: Learn About A reading assessment should feature multiple reading genres.Passages include articles, biographies, fables, journal entries, etc.The Learn About lesson consists of two short passages-one fiction and one nonfiction. The passages have a shared topic.The lesson allows you to introduce the concept of paired passages to your students.After reading both passages, the lesson concludes with a simple graphic organizer visually depicting the relationship of the two passages and the topic they share.You’ll then tell students that test questions sometimes ask about individual passages and sometimes about two paired passages. This leads to the questions in the Preview lesson, which follows.The My Notes section in Learn About provides sample notes that students might take while reading. These kinds of notes will help students remember important information about the passages and will be useful when they are answering the questions.
24 Spotlight on Paired Passages: Preview The Preview lesson provides guided practice in answering questions.The questions in the Preview lessons relate to the reading passages from learn AboutThe Preview lesson, on pages through 11, provides guided practice in answering the comprehension questions that follow the reading passages. The questions in the Preview lesson relate to the passages read in Learn About.For each individual passage, there is a multiple-choice question, a graphic organizer questions, and a short-response writing question. The answers, with explanations, follow. Then, for both passages, there is a multiple-choice question, a graphic organizer question, a short-response writing question, and an extended-response writing question, again with the answers and explanations.By using the Learn About and Preview lessons with students to model and instruct, students will have a solid foundation for moving forward with the remaining lessons, although they will still require guidance from you.Four lessons follow in which students will apply what they have learned. Students should answer the questions directly in their student books.
25 Spotlight on Paired Passages: Teacher Guide Scoring rubricsAnswer key with sample answers for written-response questionsKey for the comprehension questionsTake a few minutes now to look through the Paired Passages teacher guide.In it you will find two scoring rubrics for scoring the open-ended writing, although we encourage you to use your local rubric so that students will understand the criteria against which their work is being scored.There is also an answer key, with sample answers for the graphic organizer and open-ended questions. You will notice in the answer key that there are abbreviations in parentheses after the answers. These abbreviations stand for various reading strategies. The key to the abbreviations can be found on page 5 of the teacher guide.Put away your Paired Passages student book and teacher guide now and find your Spotlight on Responding to Writing Prompts student book and teacher guide.
26 Spotlight on Responding to Writing Prompts Begin using Spotlight on Responding to Writing Prompts on Day 18On Day 18 of your program, you will begin instruction with Spotlight on responding to Writing Prompts.Notice in the Daily Lesson Plan for Day 18, on page 26 of the Teacher Resource Guide, that you will begin, as you did with Paired Passages, with the Learn About and Preview lessons for modeling and guided practice.Let’s take a closer look at Responding to Writing Prompts now.
27 Spotlight on Responding to Writing Prompts Provides targeted practice in responding to open-ended promptsPrompts elicit writing in various genresWriter’s Checklist provided with each promptSpotlight on Responding to Writing Prompts provides targeted practice in writing a structured response to an open-ended prompt, the type commonly found on standards-based tests.Each lesson presents a writing prompt that outlines a general topic but allows students to draft a response that is uniquely their own. The prompts are also designed to elicit writing in different genres, such as personal narratives, fictional narratives, expository essays, persuasive essays, and others.A Writer’s Checklist accompanies each prompt to assist students in crafting their responses.Open your Spotlight on Responding to Writing Prompts student book to pages 2 and 3.
28 Spotlight on Responding to Writing Prompts: Learn About Learn About discusses writing prompts and models a responseLearn About introduces students to Writer’s ChecklistThe Learn About lesson, on pages 2 and 3 of the student book, begins with an introduction explaining what writing prompts are and how students should respond to them.The second page of the lesson presents a sample response to the writing prompt, along with Using the Writer’s Checklist, a detailed explanation of hoe the student writer incorporated each item on the Checklist into his or her paper.After using the Learn About lesson to model and discuss writing to answer a prompt, you will guide students through a practice activity in the Preview lesson on the following two pages.
29 Spotlight on Responding to Writing Prompts: Preview Preview lesson provides another modeling opportunityPreview lesson introduces additional elementsThe Preview lesson, like the Learn About lesson, presents a writing prompt, a sample Writer’s Checklist, and a sample student response. The preview also introduces two new elements: sample planning notes and questions about using the Writer’s Checklist.The planning notes are provided to guide students through the prewriting step in the writing process. The notes show one student’s approach to narrowing and developing the topic. Share with students that planning their writing not only helps them get started, but saves them time in writing. If they skip the planning step they may discover what they want to say until they are halfway through their paper, and then they won’t have time to finish.The questions about using the Writer’s Checklist are brief questions that provide a grounding in concepts that can be transferred to to the student’s own writing.Following the Learn About and Preview lessons are a series lessons for students to complete individually. See the Pacing Chart for which lessons to use on which day. Space for students to write is provided in the student books.
30 Spotlight on Responding to Writing Prompts: Teacher Guide Reproducible chart allows student to track their own performanceHave students record their results as they finish each lesson.Spend some time now looking through the Spotlight on Responding to Writing Prompts teacher guide.The teacher guide includes two writing rubrics for scoring: a four-point rubric and a six-point rubric, although we encourage you to use your local rubric so that students become familiar with the criteria with which their writing will be scored on standards-based tests.The teacher guide also provides two graphic organizers that students can use in their planning process.Suggestions for using the lessons are also provided, as they are in the teacher guides for each component of the Kit.Put away the Responding to Writing Prompts books now and take out your Spotlight on Revising abd Editing student book and teacher guide.
31 Spotlight on Revising and Editing Begin using Spotlight on Revising and Editing on Day 21.Beginning on Day 21 you will start instruction in the final Spotlight title, Revising and Editing. Remember that the Spotlight Kit is flexible and that your program may run longer than the 24 days planned for in the Teacher Resource Guide. If you are using the Texas-specific version of the Kit, your Pacing Chart is slightly different, customized for 20-day programs.Like the other two Spotlight titles, you will begin with modeling and guided practice using the Learn About and Preview lessons.
32 Spotlight on Revising and Editing Helps students answer questions related to revising and editing student writing passages.Students answer multiple-choice questions to improve the writing presented.Spotlight on Revising and Editing focuses on helping students answer questions related to revising and editing student writing passages that include poor writing and/or editing errors.Each lesson consists of a draft of a writing passage followed by multiple-choice questions related to improving the writing.Let’s look at the Learn About and Preview lessons now.
33 Spotlight on Revising and Editing: Learn About Targeted instruction in key reading skillsModeled instructionGuided practiceThe Learn About lesson provides modeled instruction in revising and editing student writing drafts.The lesson consists of a draft of a passage from a hypothetical grade-appropriate student. The passage has numbered sentences and has poor writing and errors embedded. You will read the passage with students, then explain that revising and editing are important because writers want their readers to understand and enjoy what they have written. Poor writing and errors can make it difficult to read a passage.Then you will review the following page that has the same passage with some sentences highlighted. Notes about the highlighted sentences tell students the improvements and corrections the writer should make to improve the draft.
34 Spotlight on Revising and Editing: Preview Preview lesson provides several guided practice opportunities13 independent practice lessons followTurn to the Preview lesson, beginning on page 4.The Preview lesson provides guided practice with several writing drafts each followed by two questions. On the page facing the passage and questions are the answers, with an explanation of each and why one is the correct response.Following the Preview lesson is a series of lessons with longer passages and more questions for students to practice. See the Daily Lesson Plans for guidance on which lessons to use.For Spotlight on Revising and Editing, students may answer directly in their books, or you may have them use the bubble sheet located at the back of the student book.
35 Spotlight on Revising and Editing: Teacher Guide Suggestions for useScope and Sequence chartAnswer keyTurn to the Spotlight on Revising and Editing teacher guide and spend a few minutes looking through it.Like the teacher guides for all components, you will find suggestions for using Revising and Editing with students.The teacher guide also provides a scope and sequence chart that allows you to determine the content areas of the questions for error analysis.
36 TEST READY® Plus Reading Post TestMeasure progress and growthAnd finally, on the last day of the 24-day Summer School Program, you’ll complete step 4 of the kit program, which is to Post Test using Test Ready. For the TX kit, you’ll again use TAKS Ready Math Practice.The Post Test will allow you and your students to measure their progress and growth over the program.
37 Review of Spotlight on Reading Kit Diagnostic PretestScaffoldedInstructionAppliedPracticePost TestNow that you know how to use each component of the Spotlight on Reading and Writing Kit let’s review how everything works together as a comprehensive program.The Kit improves students’ reading and writing skills through four powerful steps:A diagnostic pretest, using Test Ready Plus Reading, or TAKS Ready Math Practice, to provide you and your students with baseline data of their reading and writing skills,Targeted and scaffolded instruction in key reading strategies with Focus on Reading builds essential reading comprehension skills,Applied practice with Spotlight on paired Passages, Responding to Writing Prompts and Revising and Editing prepares students to successfully and confidently tackle writing and language arts items on tests.And finally, a post-test using Test Ready or TAKS Ready Math Practice to measure and show growth.
38 Additional Tools in the Teacher Resource Guide Scope and sequenceSuggestions for instructionResearch summaryHome lettersActivitiesLet’s return to the Teacher Resource Guide and look at some of the other features you will find helpful as you implement the Spotlight on Reading and Writing Kit.
39 Scope and Sequence Turn to page 5 of TRG Turn to page 5 of the Teacher Resource Guide to see the scope and sequence of the Kit.In the left column of the chart, you see a list of reading strategies. The other columns tell you where in each program the specific strategies may be found.
40 Suggestions for Teaching English Language Learners Page 6 of TRGActivating prior knowledgePreviewing vocabularyCognatesThink-Pair-ShareGraphic OrganizersGetting the GistNow turn to page 6 of the Resource Guide.This page provides examples of teaching strategies that are especially effective for students whose first language is not English. However, these strategies can also be effective for all students.Before reading, it is helpful to activate students’ prior knowledge of the topic. K-W-L charts, graphic organizers that outline what student KNOW about a topic, what they WANT to know, and later, what they have LEARNED, are helpful tools.Previewing vocabulary from passages is an important strategy in vocabulary development and allows students to get more out of their reading.Spanish and English share many cognates--words that resemble on another in both sound and meaning. These cognates can be an effective means of teaching students the meaning of English words.During reading activities, such as Think-Pair-Share, allow students the opportunity to learn from each other. Graphic organizers are an excellent way to visually represent text structure and aid in comprehension.
41 Research Notes Turn to page 7 of TRG The instructional strategies included in the KitWhat research says about those strategiesProven instruction to improve comprehensionFind full research summaries at CA web siteLook at page 7 of the Teacher Resource Guide.This chart discusses the instructional strategies that are used throughout the Kit, such as explicit instruction, scaffolded instruction, and test-taking practice.Then the chart outlines what research says about each of these strategies.You can be assured that as you use your Sptlight Kit, you are employing research-proven strategies to improve your students’ comprehension.
42 Home LetterPage 45 of TRGReproducible letter introduces families to programProvide suggestions for homework completionBefore your program begins, or at the end of the first day, you can send students home with the reproducible Home Letter, found on page 45 of the Teacher Resource Guide.This letter, available in English and Spanish, informs families of the intent of your program and contains suggestions for helping students compete homework. Building a bridge between home and school is an important part of a successful learning experience.
43 Activities Pages 46 and 47 of TRG Optional practice activities Can be used on test simulation days if students finish lessons earlyTwo optional activities can be found on pages 46 and 47 of the Teacher Resource Guide. The answers are on page 48.
44 Texas Spotlight Kit Customized 20-day Pacing Chart Correlations of the components in the Kit to TEKS and TAKSIf you are using the Texas version of the Spotlight Kit, there are a couple differences in the Teacher Resource Guide.As mentioned previously, the Pacing Chart is different, being customized for 20-day programs. The components are also used at slightly different times than what was discussed in the national Pacing Chart.Also in the Texas Resource Guide, you’ll find correlations for each of the components used to the TEKS and TAKS.
45 Review 21. Which feature in the Teacher Resource Guide provides guidance for each day of your program?2. Which two lessons in each Spotlight title will you begin with for modeled instruction and guided practice?3. What purpose does the Writer’s Checklist in Spotlight on Responding to Writing Prompts serve?4. Think About the first day of your program. Which tools from the Teacher Resource Guide will you want to have ready for use?Take a few moments now to review what you have learned by answering these questions. You can find the answers in your handout.Congratulations! You are ready to begin using your Spotlight on Reading and Writing Kit. We wish you and your students a successful and enjoyable program
46 Additional Resources Product Information State Correlations Professional Development and free online e-trainingBe sure to explore our additional resources on the Curriculum Associates website.On the Curriculum Associates website you will find many helpful resources, including your local representative’s name and contact information. [[CLICK]] Click on any product to learn more about it, and to download sample pages, sample lessons, and brochures.You can also download correlations to your state standards by clicking the [[CLICK]] Correlations button.And, under [[CLICK]] Professional Development you will find CA101 e-training--free, online training for our entire line of programs, including additional information on using the programs within your Kit. Also in Professional Development you will find several excellent professional development modules on various educational. One that you may find especially useful is vocabulary instruction for English Language Learners, complete with additional resources and teaching activities.If you have any questions, please be sure to contact us – we look forward to hearing from you. Thank you again for completing this CA 101 e-training!