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Reading and Writing Instruction for Fourth- and Fifth-Grade Classrooms in a PLC at Work®

Prepare students in grades 4–5 to succeed with increasingly sophisticated reading and writing challenges. This resource contains literacy and student engagement strategies for educators in a professional learning community, as well as reading and writing strategies.

Benefits

  • Understand the role PLCs and collaborative teams play in literacy development and reading comprehension strategies.
  • Obtain strategies and tools, such as the pre-unit protocol, for unpacking and clarifying literacy standards.
  • Explore adaptable, research-based instructional strategies, and learn how to plan high-quality literacy instruction that boosts student reading and writing skills.
  • Examine the four components of the gradual release model—(1) focused instruction, (2) guided instruction, (3) collaborative learning, and (4) independent learning.
  • Observe how to collaboratively score assessments and conduct effective data inquiry and analysis.
  • Study the powerful impact literacy has on student engagement and inclusivity.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction: Every Teacher Is a Literacy Teacher
Chapter 1: Establish Clarity About Student Learning Expectations
Chapter 2: Examine Assessment Options for Literacy
Chapter 3: Create a Learning Progression to Guide Instruction and Assessment
Chapter 4: Develop Collective Understanding of Learning Expectations
Chapter 5: Respond to Data to Ensure All Students Learn
Chapter 6: Design Lessons Using the Gradual Release of Responsibility Instructional Framework
Chapter 7: Plan High-Quality Literacy Instruction
Chapter 8: Select Appropriate Instructional Strategies
Chapter 9: Consider Equity in Literacy
Epilogue
Appendix A: Templates and Tools
Appendix B: Process for Prioritizing Standards
Appendix C: Depth of Knowledge Overview
Appendix D: Essential Understandings and Guiding Questions
Appendix E: List of Figures and Tables

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Chapter 8

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Exercises

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