What are we reading in SOEL and IDLL?
The Study of Early Literacy kicked off year seven this fall as a community of learners committed to deepening our literacy instructional practices through reading, experiences, and Teacher Action Research. What we are reading aligns with the Essential Instructional Practices in Early Literacy PK, K-3 and 4-5, while some texts also support literacy integration, disciplinary literacy, and Culturally RelevantTeaching.
The following practitioner texts support each SOEL member’s learning goal, as well as give background to what we’ll see during school visits in Washtenaw county.
- Letter Lessons and First Words
- All About Words
- No More Culturally Irrelevant Teaching
- Reading, Writing, and Talk: Inclusive Teaching Strategies for Diverse Learners, K-2
- Every Child a Super Reader: Seven Strengths to Open a World of Possible
- Interactive Writing Across Grades: A Small Practice with Big Results PreK-5
- Literacy Teacher's Playbook K-2 and 3-6
- No More Science Kits or Texts in Isolation
- No More Low Expectations for English Learners
The Inquiry into DisciplinaryLiteracy and Learning (IDLL) began our fourth year this fall as a learning network committed to building on previous work and further study of the Essential Practices for Disciplinary Literacy Instruction in the Secondary Classroom, just officially released to the state of Michigan in June 2019. Our text, Real World Literacies, helps us to see what literacy looks like in the disciplines while highlighting authentic literacy experiences connected to community. We are excited to also visit Washtenaw County schools and EMU this year to examine disciplinary literacy in action.
Understanding the Social Studies Standards, C3 Framework and Essentials for Instruction in Disciplinary Literacy
In October, we offered the first ever three day series examining these three documents a little closer. The Social Studies Standards, C3 Framework, and Essential Practices for Disciplinary Literacy Instruction in the Secondary Classroom, all have themes of inquiry in learning, literacy in the disciplines, and teaching future citizens. Stay tuned for another offering of this series this winter and/or spring!
Additional Literacy and Social Studies Resources
C3teachers.org- Resources to support the C3 Framework through the Inquiry Design Model
1619project- The1619 Project is a major initiative from The New York Times observing the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery.
ReadInquireWrite- Resources for teaching reading, reasoning and writing with sources through Social Studies inquiry
Teaching Tolerance-Resources to help teachers and schools teach educate children and youth to be active participants in a diverse democracy.
Commonlit.org Text Sets- Text sets to support historical, political and cultural topics across genres.