August 15, 2012: Leadership Retreat

A. ELA Instructional Shifts (resources on wiki)

B. ELA Shift 3-Text Complexity: Teaching with Complex Texts

  • Part 1. Determining Text Complexity (August 15, 2012)

  • Part 2. Close Reading Strategies to Scaffold Complex Text (Future Leadership Meetings)

Part 1. Determining Text Complexity: Agenda

CES/GPS PPT (Part 1.)

PDF of PPT for Handouts

GPS Text-Complexity Levels Correlation Chart

Engage NY Video & Worksheet

This is a 15 minute video which features a discussion between NYS Commissioner of Education John B. King Jr., David Coleman (contributing author to the Common Core) and Kate Gerson (a Sr. Fellow with the Regents Research Fund) addressing Shift 3 –Staircase of Complexity. By unpacking Shift 3, the discussion addresses the benefits and challenges in shifting to a practice where all students are asked to encounter grade-level complex texts. After watching this video, educators might ask themselves: What is Shift 3? What will this mean we have to change about our practice? What challenges will we face as we make this shift? What is one complex text, possibly chosen from Appendix B of the Common Core around which we can build a unit this semester? What will we do less of in order to make room for the time it will take to read this text closely? Which portions of the text should we focus on? Which portions should we ask students to re-read multiple times? What role can independent reading play in this unit for students who struggle to access the central text on their own? What other supports will we need to provide for these students? When was the last time I was challenged by a text? What did I do to handle/ manage/ work within that frustration? A worksheet to accompany this video is available in both Word and PDF below.

Fisher & Frey Jigsaw Article

Part 1. PLACEMAT Activity:

Determining Text Complexity with Salvador, Late or Early (S. Cisneros)

Part 2. PPT (coming soon)

Fisher & Frey Jigsaw Article (finish the article- Building Capacity for Close Reading: pgs. 8-appendixes)

1 way to "Close Read"

Part 2. Activity: Building Close Reading Strategies to Scaffold Complex Text with Salvador, Late or Early (S. Cisneros)

Common Core State Standards: Appendix B. Text Exemplars and Sample Performance Tasks

Resources to Support Close Reading Practices/Strategies

Link to Harvard University's "How to do a Close Reading"

Grand Conversations to Build Deep Comprehension (CBS)

Engage NY Videos: Close Reading (Letter from Birmingham)

15 minute video of David Coleman Modeling a Close Reading with Grade 6 Students

A 30-minute Video Demonstrating a Discussion of Wow Teachers Prepare for a Close Reading with Students (Letter from Birmingham)

Engage NY: Grade 6-12 Sample Exemplars with Instructional Scaffolds for Close Reading

Additional Examples:

Engage NY Additional Curricular Examples (link)

Grade 4-5: The Making of a Scientist

Grade 6: The Great Fire

Grade 7: Farewell to Manzanar and Unbroken

Grade 9-10: Lincoln's Gettysburg Address

CES Original PPT on Text Complexity w/ all Handouts

This PPT is the original PPT and will take at least 2- hours to engage in the entire "workshop"; presenters notes are included. You will want to revise some slides to be "Greenwich" Specific.