A Helpful Guide to Reading Better
One of the best ways to learn is from the experiences of others. And one of the best ways to do that is to make friends with the eminent dead. Through trial and error, over the years, I’ve come across several frameworks that help us improve how we read.Literacy Progressions
The Literacy Progressions page on the ELA Framework has expanded from 12 skills to 25! The literacy progressions show topics such as informative writing and literary elements in a vertical progression, grades Pre-K to 12, along with commentary explaining the shifts and implications of the changes in the language of the standards. These progressions are helpful in vertical and horizontal alignment conversations at the district level. There are now 15 reading topics and 10 writing topics. The new topics include:
The Oklahoma Bar Association presents the Law Day Writing Contest, open to grades PK-12. Students will respond to a prompt based on their grade level provided by the Oklahoma Bar Association Law Day Committee or may submit an essay based on a prompt relating to the Law Day theme. Each prompt provided has been tailored to align with the Oklahoma Academic Standards for Social Studies. This is a perfect opportunity to collaborate with a social studies teacher in your building. Poetry and creative writing entries will also be accepted as part of the writing contest. The deadline to enter is January 11, 2019. Find more information on the contest website.
You no longer need to be afraid of teaching grammar. Teaching the parts of speech has never been more exciting or accessible, thanks to the many brave souls who are spicing up our lives with YouTube videos about nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, conjunctions, interjections, and prepositions.