Post for the week of July 22, 2013
Literacy in topics other than ELA ("content literacy") is currently a hot topic. But how do we get everyone on board with the new emphasis? How can it practically work?
Someone recently told me about this article: http://www.maine.gov/education/esl/webinars/documents/Downs121310Artofargumentation.pdf
I like this piece about 4th graders, especially the "language frames" sentence stems. Speaking and listening with a framework would be helpful to all, especially those learning how to have classroom discussions.
Think about what would happen if students and teachers agreed to use this sort of academic language while discussing a scientific topic? See how it elevates the discussion, to talk about the topic using claims and evidence?