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This offering is for practitioners who have previously attended an initial Building Knowledge session and now wish to create their own expert pack text set (similar to those on Achieve the Core) aligned with the CCR Standards instruction shift for ELA “building knowledge through content-rich nonfiction.” 

The snow date for this offering is March 30, 2017.


This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • Practitioners who have attended an initial Building Knowledge session and now wish to create their own expert pack text set

First, we will review the following material from the initial session on Building Knowledge:

  • Exercises and activities to develop an understanding of the critical role that building knowledge and vocabulary plays in the CCR Standards and in students’ ability to read and communicate proficiently
  • Impact on learner gains when students are accountable for the critical knowledge and skills acquired from what they read
  • Examples of text sets (including both print resources and digital resources such as interactive websites, infographics, maps, and articles from trusted online sources (such as CNN, NPR, and PBS). 

After discussing the design of the coherently sequenced set of resources within the context of a unit, and considering the implications for classroom instruction, you will create your own expert pack text set with sequenced resources and strong, authentic writing and speaking tasks. These will help your students showcase and articulate their learning and encourage digital literacy. 

Following the face-to-face session, you will receive guidance and feedback as you complete your own expert pack text set. This follow-up work is integral to the long-term success of this professional development (PD) offering.

Learning Objectives: 

Upon completion of this professional development activity/course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the role of vocabulary and knowledge in preparing students for college and careers
  • Explore and select from a variety of instructional resources to support intentional vocabulary and knowledge building
  • Sequence the intended use of selected instructional resources
  • Design comprehensive learning activities that integrate instructional strategies and resources from the training

You must have attended either of the initial Building Knowledge sessions that were held in 2016:

  • April 2016 in Lawrence
  • October 2016 at the statewide conference in Devens

If you missed those opportunities, please register for Building Knowledge, Vocabulary, and Digital Literacy being offered in Fall River on May 3, 2017.   

03/28/2017 - 9:00am to 3:00pm
Quinsigamond Community College - Ahlfors Building Room 111
670 West Boylston St.
Worcester, MA 01606
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Topic Area: 
ABE/Adult Education
ESOL/English Language Learner
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