Reading For College: Literacy Skills Activity Book

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The Reading for College: Literacy Skills Activity Book for College Readiness Programs (recommended grades 11-12 and college readiness programs like AP Language, AVID Elective, and the CSU Expository Reading and Writing Course--ERWC) offers a series of powerful literacy strategies and activities that high school teachers use to:

  1. improve students' academic reading and writing skills;
  2. enhance instruction through engaging activities;
  3. increase students' ability to read and write strategically;
  4. move students to think more analytically about their reading and writing; and
  5. effectively implement Common Core standards for content area literacy and college and career readiness (CCRs).

This Activity Book offers strategic reading and writing experiences that guide and support students as they learn new skills and benchmarks that teachers can use to formatively assess students' growth.

When using the workbook, we recommend starting with shorter texts (no longer than five pages) or chunk lengthier texts into shorter, more manageable reading assignments. Length and sophistication of text should increase as students demonstrate proficiency in reading.

Key Features

  • 12 sequenced reading lessons that can be used with any non-fiction text
  • Opportunities to practice rhetorical reading and writing skills that are necessary for post-secondary reading and writing tasks
  • Practical approaches to attack a wide range of sophisticated, complex texts
  • Engaging activities that challenge and motivate students
  • A simple roadmap for effective implementation of Common Core College and Career Anchor Standards for reading, writing, and listening/speaking

How it helps

Mastery of the select literacy strategies is just one goal of the activity books. The sound instructional methods and powerful pedagogy, that are the foundation of the LiteracyTA activity books, model effective pacing and literacy instruction. The strategies and activities are carefully selected and sequenced to maximize student growth and engagement. As a result of using the activity book, students will learn how to read more critically and improve their ability to read independently.

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College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards

Get moving with the Common Core Standards. The literacy resources on this page help educators implement the following College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards.

R1
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; and cite specific evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
R2
Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
R3
Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.
R4
Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
R5
Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and large portions of the text relate to each other and the whole.
R6
Assess how point of view or purpose shapes the content and style of a text.
R8
Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, including the validity of the reasoning as well as the relevance and sufficiency of the evidence.
W1
Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
W2
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
W4
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
W8
Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital resources, assess the credibility and accuracy of each source, and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism.
W9
Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
SL1
Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
SL3
Evaluate a speaker’s point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric.
SL6
Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and communicative tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.
L1
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
L2
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
L3
Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.
L4
Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases by using context clues, analyzing meaningful word parts, and consulting general and specialized reference materials, as appropriate.
L5
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
L6
Acquire and use accurately a range of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.

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