Teaching PA Common Core and Keystone Literature Content for Secondary Special Educators

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These webinars provide specific support for Special Educators in the Teaching of the PA Common Core Standards for 9-12 English/Language Arts and the Keystone Assessment Anchors and Eligible Content for fiction and nonfiction/informational texts in the areas of Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening. Topics addressed in the webinars include the following: building background knowledge and using effective instructional practices with fiction and nonfiction/informational text, embedding literacy strategies, and connecting instructional practices to The Framework for Teaching Evaluation Instrument, particularly Domain 1: Planning and Preparation and Doman 3: Instruction.

The participant must attend all three webinars in the series and complete a short online survey after each webinar in order to receive three Act 48 credits. No Act 48 credits will be issued until after the final webinar.

Webinar 1 Handouts Numbers 1-5

1. Text Complexity Qualitative Rubric for Literary Text — The rubric for literary text allows educators to evaluate the important elements of text that are often missed by computer software that tends to focus on more easily measured factors.

2. Text Complexity Qualitative Rubric for Informational Text — The rubric for informational text allows educators to evaluate the important elements of text that are often missed by computer software that tends to focus on more easily measured factors.

3. Questions for Reader and Task Reflection — The questions provided in this resource are meant to spur teacher thought and reflection upon the text, students, and any tasks associated with the text.

4. Text Complexity Task Analysis Template — The one-page template provides an opportunity to record the thinking involved in recommending the placement of a specific text into a text complexity band.

5. Webinar 1 — PowerPoint 11/28/2012

Webinar 2 Handout Number 6-7

6. Five Expository Text Structures and Their Associated Signal Words: This handout provides a list, description, signal/cue words, and sample graphic organizers that can be used when teaching students how to identify the text structure in nonfiction text. The five text structures are as follows: description, sequence, compare/contrast, cause and effect, and problem and solution.

7. Webinar 2 — PowerPoint 1/30/2013

Webinar 3 Handout Number 8-10

8. Appendix B of the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects – This document provides exemplars of reading text complexity, quality, range and sample performance tasks related to core standards.

9. High School Comprehension Questions for Fiction – This document is provided by the Polk Brothers Foundation Center for Urban Education from DePual University and provides questions which encourage students to read skillfully and answer questions related to fictional text.

10. Webinar 3 — PowerPoint 3/27/2013


Title of Training: Teaching PA Common Core and Keystone Literature Content for Secondary Special Educators
Presenter: Laura Moran, and Sue Ann Houser
Training Date: 11/28/2012

Topic: Reading


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