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Introduction to the workshop

Let’s get started! – Handout

Now it’s Your Turn – Articles 1 & 2

Now it’s Your Turn – Video

Now it’s Your Turn – Evaluating Questions

Now it’s Your Turn – Utilizing Achieve the Core

Now it’s Your Turn – Academic Vocabulary

Now it’s Your Turn – Essay

Strategy #1

Informational Text/Nonfiction— p 7

Access resources to support a multi-text curriculum— p 8

Take steps to achieve the skill— p 9

Strategy #2

Recognize questions in a variety of formats— p 11-12

Take steps to achieve the skill— p 13-14

Strategy #3

Decode vocabulary within questions & prompts— p 15-18

Strategy #4

Identify the best answers— p 19-22

Strategy #5

Make inferences about complex texts— p 23-24

Make inferences: Step 4— p 25-26

Strategy #6

Discern evidence versus details— p 27-30

Strategy #7

Explain evidence thoroughly— p 31

Write the 1st sentence of the Yes, MA’AM response— p 32

Write the 2nd and 3rd sentences of the Yes, MA’AM response— p 33

Write the 4th sentence of the Yes, MA’AM response— p 34

Take steps to achieve the skill— p 35-38

Strategy #8

Define Main. Define Idea.— p 39-40

Main-Idea Chapter Titles— p 41-42

Now it’s Your Turn: Panda— p 43

Now it’s Your Turn: Hot Dog— p 44

Students infer multiple main ideas

Introduce universal themes— p 45

10 Topical Themes— p 46-47

Strategy #9

Recognize new information within text features— p 49

Assess the new information learned from a text feature— p 49-50

Move beyond comparing to evaluating— p 49

Strategy #10

Distinguish the subtle, but significant differences— p 51-52

Realize that informational text isn’t necessarily “true”— p 53-54

Strategy #11

Prepare for comparative thinking— p 55-57

Compare information presented in nonfiction texts— p 58-59

Communicate the comparisons in a written response— p 58

Compare fiction to fact— p 60-62


Study the evolution of writing tasks— p 63-64

Strategy #12

Respond to a narrative-writing task— p 65-72

Strategy #13

Respond to a literary-analysis task— p 73-74

Strategy #14

Provide short and simulated research opportunities— p 75

Review Strategy #5, #7— p 75

Decode the prompt and organize— p 76-80

Synthesize information— p 81-82

Synthesize multiple reasons— p 83-87

Conclusion - Wrap-up

Wrap-up Statement