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Literacy connections

Literacy Connections

Kelly Clark


October 23 2013

Old definition of science literacy
Old definition of science literacy

  • Read something

  • Do comprehension questions

  • Maybe do an activity

  • Write something

  • Say something

New literacy
New Literacy

  • Ask a compelling question

  • Students explore the limits of their prior knowledge in active discussion

  • Students develop questions for further inquiry

  • Students read and research the texts and sources that answer their questions with support

  • Students make models, create experiments and studies to confirm or deny their ideas

  • Students present their findings in ways that are visually and intellectually stimulating to authentic audiences beyond the school

The difference
The Difference?



Seeking answers



Kentucky core academic standards
Kentucky Core Academic Standards

  • English Language Arts Common Core

  • Mathematics State Standards

  • Science Next Generation Science Standards

  • In process … Social Studies

In a nutshell ela literacy
In a nutshell – ELA Literacy

  • The standards insist that instruction

    in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language be a shared responsibility within the school.

  • The grades 6–12 standards are divided into two sections, one for ELA and the other for history/social studies, science, and technical subjects.

Shifts in thinking about literacy with kcas science standards
Shifts in thinking about literacy with KCAS Science Standards

Focus more attention on disciplinary practices

Literacy connections

But let’s take a deeper look at Standardsthe identified practices, even the ones that don’t explicitly mention argument, reasoning, or talk.

2. Developing and using models

3. Planning and carrying out investigations

In order to learn HOW to


or analyze data,

or use appropriate tools,

students have to participate in these practices, with others.

Remember these
Remember these? Standards



Seeking answers



To meet the standards students will need to

To meet the standards, students will need to: Standards

• Externalize their thinking;

• Listen carefully to one another

and take one another seriously;

• Dig deeper into the data and

evidence for their positions;

• Work with the reasoning of others.

How can you help students
How can you help students? Standards

  • Have plenty of highly engaging text in all grades K-12

  • Appendix B: Text Exemplars and

    Sample Performance Tasks

  • Help students and parents understand Lexile

  • Understand the three levels of text complexity used in the ELA standards

    (Appendix A)

Text complexity 1 30 2 20
Text Complexity (1:30-2:20) Standards

A Three-Part Model for Measuring Text Complexity

Qualitative dimensions of text complexity

(2) Quantitative dimensions of text complexity

(3) Reader and task considerations

Possible activities for summer reading
Possible activities for Summer Reading Standards

  • Explore a science topic in your local community

  • Have a guest scientist come in lay the ground work

  • Read alouds in texts

  • Field trip to local site

  • Have students use a science notebook

  • Start with compelling questions

  • Have students research topic

  • Record observations, data, notes and results of research.

Guidance Standards

  • Appendix J NGSS

    Science, technology, society and the environment

  • Emphasizes home, community and school connections

Essential components

  • Question, Problem, Purpose

  • Prediction

  • Developing a Plan

  • Observations, Data, Charts, Graphs, Drawings and Illustrations

  • Claims and Evidence

  • Drawing Conclusions

  • Reflection –next steps and new questions






Literacy connections

Kelly Clark Standards

Department of Education