Exploring Text Complexity

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Resource ID#: 150081 Primary Type: Professional Development




General Information

Subject(s): Science, English Language Arts
Grade Level(s): 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Intended Audience: Educators educators
Suggested Technology: Internet Connection, Speakers/Headphones, Adobe Flash Player, Adobe Acrobat Reader, Microsoft Office, Computer Media Player, Smart Phone/Tablet
Instructional Time: 2 Hour(s)
Resource supports reading in content area:Yes
Keywords: text complexity, text complexity analysis, complex texts, key instructional shifts, literacy, science literacy, literacy in science, literacy in technical subjects, quantitative measure, qualitative factors, reader and task factors
Instructional Component Type(s): Professional Development Tutorial
Resource Collection: Original Teacher Tutorials

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Professional Developments

Cultivating Literacy: Reading Skills and Standards:

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By the end of this module, teachers should be able to:

  • Name the key instructional shifts in English Language Arts and Literacy
  • Label the College and Career Readiness, also known as CCR, anchor standards for Reading
  • Use the language of the Reading Standards for Literacy in Science and Technical Subjects to identify what students should know and be able to do
  • Arrange and sequence the Reading Standards for Literacy in Science and Technical Subjects
  • Distinguish the changes in rigor as a Reading standard progresses from one grade band to the next

This is Module 1 of 4 in the series, "Literacy across the Content Areas: Reading and Writing to Build Content Knowledge."

Type: Professional Development

Branching Out: Growing Literacy Skills in Writing:

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By the end of this module, teachers should be able to:

  • Label the College and Career Readiness, also known as CCR, anchor standards for Writing
  • Explain the structure and organization of the grade-specific Writing standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects
  • Use the grade-specific Writing standards to identify what students should know and be able to do

This is Module 2 of 4 in the series, "Literacy across the Content Areas: Reading and Writing to Build Content Knowledge."

Type: Professional Development

Digging Deeper with Text-Dependent Questions:

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By the end of this module, teachers should be able to:

  • Define text-dependent questions
  • Frame and create text-dependent questions
  • Design a text-dependent question that could be used as a writing prompt
  • Differentiate questions that use basic or lower-order thinking skills from those that require more abstract or higher-order thinking skills

This is Module 4 of 4 in the series, "Literacy across the Content Areas: Reading and Writing to Build Content Knowledge."

Type: Professional Development

Text Resource

New Problem Linked to 'Jet Lag':

This resource is intended to support reading in the content area. Scientists have discovered that when they disrupt waking and sleeping times in mice, their immune systems responded in a harmful way causing disease, asthma, allergies and maybe even immune disorders.

Type: Text Resource