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  1. Creating Rigorous Literacy Centers Cara Whitehead, NBCT John S. Jones Elementary Rainbow City, AL January 2014

  2. Today’s Agenda • What is a rigorous literacy center? • How do I decide if my literacy centers are rigorous? • Where can I find ideas for more rigorous centers? • What are some methods for assessing literacy centers?

  3. Rigor Made Easy • E – Engages all students • A –Accommodates all learners • S – Scaffolds learning • Y – Yields results

  4. What is a rigorous literacy center? • Provides students with multiples opportunities to read and write • Engages students in meaningful experiences • Allows for collaboration to aid in reading comprehension • Supports improvement in reading comprehension, language, social, and writing development • Facilitates problem solving through exploration, discoveries, and creations

  5. Is this literacy center rigorous? • Have I supported guided reading instruction by TAKING IT TO THE TEXT? • Is it engaging and motivating? • What is the purpose of the center? • Do I have the required resources? • Have I modeled the center? • Are the directions explicit? • Does each center include reading and writing activities? • Are the activities accommodating students on all levels? • Are multiple opportunities for collaboration provided? • Does the center provide real world applications? Handout: Quick Tips for Launching Stations by Debbie Diller

  6. Where can I find rigorous center ideas? Other Places: http://alex.state.al.us/ccrs Username: Guest28 Password: guest

  7. How do I assess my centers? Handout: Components of Reading at Literacy Work Stations

  8. How do I assess my student’s work during literacy centers?

  9. In summary, literacy centers should include: • Rigor (engages all students) • Relevance (real world applications) • Reading (take it to the text) • Relationships (collaboration)

  10. Resources • Just Read, Florida. (2013). Literacy Centers. Retrieved from Reading Rockets: http://www.readingrockets.org/article/38302 • http://it.pinellas.k12.fl.us/teachers4/martintio/reading.html • http://alex.state.al.us/ccrs