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The New Standards Topics

Text-Dependent Questions: Digging Into the Text

The new standards require students to read closely to determine what the text explicitly states and make logical inferences. Text-dependent questions require students to return to the text to support their answers. This rereading fosters deep thinking, the ultimate goal of text-dependent questions. This session focuses on the development of text-dependent questions to facilitate this exposure to a deeper reading and understanding of text by keeping the students in the text.

Topic Number PD27


Text Evidence: Reading Like a Detective

As students read complex texts, they are asked to cite textual evidence to support conclusions drawn from the text. Students are expected to speak and write using evidence presented in texts and to present analyses based on credible information that is based in the text or research-based. This session will provide instruction and strategies for finding text evidence, analyzing that evidence, and forming conclusions.

Topic Number PD26


Writing to Master the Next Generation of Assessments

The new standards and next generation of assessments are reshaping writing instruction, particularly as they stress the importance of writing across all curriculum areas. This session emphasizes process-based, trait-specific instruction (within the writing workshop framework); provides a guided analysis of prototypical Prose Constructed Response; and models how to develop performance assessments for classroom use. Participants will “unwrap” the standards and practice writing essential questions as a foundation for implementing the new standards.

Topic Number PD25


Close Reading: Connect the Pieces to Deeper Meaning

During this session, participants will develop a step-by-step lesson structure and learn how to model a deep text reading, encourage group conversations to analyze text-based information, support students through multiple opportunities to read increasingly challenging texts, and facilitate writing to answer higher-level text-dependent questions. These close reading activities result in increased student achievement in conjunction with multiple opportunities for all students to productively struggle with complex texts.

Topic Number PD23


Defining and Teaching Complex Text to Meet the New Standards

The new standards place a strong emphasis on text complexity and its role in evaluating students’ college and career readiness. This session focuses on defining text complexity—both quantitatively and qualitatively—and matching readers to texts and tasks. Participants will learn instructional strategies to support students’ understanding of complex texts.

Topic Number PD19


Differentiated Instruction: Helping All Learners Achieve the New Standards

This session is designed to empower teachers with strategies that vary instruction and student activities based on readiness, interest, and instructional needs. Particular attention will be paid to the importance of assessment in not only driving the instruction but also in determining what scaffolding and differentiation is needed to support all students as they face the grade-level standards. The focus will be on lesson planning, instructional delivery, and student activities that result in classrooms where students are active learners, decision makers, and problem solvers.

Topic Number PD5


Creating 21st Century Learners: Technology Infusion to Master the New Standards

Through interactive, hands-on activities, participants will develop a deeper understanding of the new english language arts & literacy standards that support technology use. By exploring specific examples in reading (literature and informational text), writing, and listening and speaking, participants will learn powerful ways to infuse digital resources to actively engage all learners. Research-based and aligned to leading technology frameworks and standards, teachers will leave this session with methods for creating technology-rich learning environments that foster communication, collaboration, creativity, and innovation.

Topic Number PD20

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