Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Post for the week of July 30, 2012

Post for the week of July 30, 2012

One of my colleagues has recently been spending time delving into page nine of the new frameworks deeply.

On page nine, the writers stress the “capacities of the literate individual” (some people are calling them the “CLIs”).  While the math frameworks have the eight math practices for overall guidance, maybe page nine is an equivalent statement for ELA teachers. 

This page explores the idea of what makes students College and Career Ready (the "RCC" in "PARCC").  What do we want students to know and be able to do when they graduate from high school?  What do “literate” people do?

 1.  They demonstrate independence.
 Literate individuals can tackle texts by themselves and will keep tackling for the rest of their lives. 

2.  They build strong content knowledge.
Literate individuals have good questions and work hard to research to find the answers.   

3.  They respond to the varying demands of audience, task, purpose, and discipline.
Literate individuals are flexible, shifting as their rhetorical elements shift.

4.  They comprehend as well as critique.
(I think the order could be switched here—comprehend first, then evaluate!)

5.  They value evidence.
Literate individuals have backup to support their ideas.       

6.  They use technology and digital media strategically and capably.
Literate individuals are digital natives BUT they can still use paper and pencil when required.

7.  They come to understand other perspectives and cultures.
Literate individuals don’t necessarily agree with everyone’s argument, but they can understand it and work with it respectfully.

Page nine gives us a lot to think about!  If we share these values, we should share them with students!

Email me your ideas about the CLIs at aldick@doe.mass.edu.

1 comment:

  1. These criteria make me very proud of today's classroom teachers.