This intensely practical two-part professional development offering will guide you through choosing texts at the level of complexity that is most appropriate for your students, and strategies for helping students to tackle those appropriately complex texts.
This professional development activity/course is designed for:
- Teachers and tutors who work directly with students as well as practitioners responsible for making text choices for your program's curriculum.
Research has indicated that the ability to read complex text is an important predictor of college and career readiness, and helping learners master complex text is at the core of implementing the CCR Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy.
Part 1, face-to-face (6 hours) - Take part in hands-on activities to explore:
- How to determine readability
- How to use the CCR Standards rubrics to analyze the text complexity of informational and literacy texts
- How to help students tackle text complexity at the word, sentence, paragraph, and whole text levels
Part 2, individual work (3 hours):
Complete approximately 3 hours of written activities to be submitted electronically one month after the workshop is held. Receive personal written feedback via e-mail from Dr. Strucker.
Parking in the TERC parking lot is only available on Fridays. On other days, take public transportation or park at meters on Mass Ave., which are only 2 hours.
Upon completion of this professional development activity/course, you will be able to:
- Identify and explain the three CCR Standards text complexity factors: Quantitative, Qualitative, and Reader-and-Text
- Access and interpret free online readability formulas to select texts for learners at various levels
- Use the CCR Standards rubrics for Qualitative Measures and Reader-and-Text to analyze informational text complexity
- Explain several approaches to helping learners tackle complex texts, including asking text-dependent questions
- Locate free online support materials for teaching complex texts
- Please view this 19-minute video introducing the CCR Standards for ELA.
- We also strongly recommend that you first complete the three-hour online course The Recipe for Success: The CCR Standards and Instructional Shifts for ELA. This online course is offered the first Tuesday of each month except for December.