Applied Reading & Writing lessons ask students to use close reading strategies and build formal arguments around a given text. All Applied Reading & Writing lessons include authentic texts (novels, short stories, and poetry, in addition to informational texts) and lessons centered around debatable topics suitable for grades 3-12.
Applied Reading & Writing Process
1. Students read a topic overview that models the conceptual vocabulary they will need to understand the context of the argument at hand. Students then make a personal connection to the topic, which can later be used in their formal argument as an introduction or detailed anecdote.
2. Students read the text (with or without audio support) and complete the automated comprehension check.
3. Students engage with the text by highlighting evidence and annotating according to the lesson's detailed instructions. Highlighted text and annotations are then saved so that students may refer to this evidence while building a formal argument.
4. Students can use the provided sentence stems to summarize the text.
5. Students build their arguments per the CERCA framework using our interactive graphic organizer: state their Claim, use Evidence to support, provide Reasoning to link the evidence to the claim, address a Counterargument, and use Audience-specific language. Students' CERCAs are then stored in the argument builder, which they can access in the final writing step.
6. Students finally create their formal arguments using the CERCA framework. Students can click the "Need Help Getting Started" for sentence starters and other useful tips.
TIP: Students should use the rubric to evaluate their arguments before submitting their assignments.