Welcome to TA

The right resource at the right time.
TA (Teacher Assistant)

Skill Library

A practical resource for practicing skills.
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Lesson Planner

A smart way to plan literacy skills.
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Skill Instruction

Powerful pedagogy for 21st century learning.
Skill-Based Instruction

CCS Tools

Tools to support new expectations.
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Get more with your online TA.
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Welcome to TA

Our Online Teacher Assistant

To get started, we would like to share with you some of TA's tools and resources.

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In preparation for the Common Core exams and college and career readiness, students must learn how to adapt their literacy skills to fit diverse reading, writing and speaking tasks. This strategic flexibility requires both a deep knowledge of literacy skills and an ability to think independently about how best to apply skill knowledge.
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We believe that effective skill-based instruction has the greatest impact on student success and their futures.

TA equips teachers with practical student handouts, teaching resources, and assessment tools that they can use to implement effective skill-based instruction.

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If we teach literacy skills and truly focus our efforts on helping students read, write, and think in each discipline, then our students will learn the content and be able to make new meaning through original analysis, evaluation, synthesis, and application. Strong skill-based instruction relies on explicit teaching, high expectations, strategic scaffolds for learning, and skill practice.
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TA offers layers of supports for teachers as they design curriculum to meet newer, more rigorous standards.

TA offers…

  • a digital lesson planner to help develop skill-based lessons that target college and career readiness skills.
  • a library of skills, student handouts, and teaching tools to help teach high-level reading, writing, and speaking skills.
  • powerful skill instruction methodology to help implement literacy in the classroom.
  • a teacher website for all TA members that gives all of your students access to the tools and resources they are learning in class.
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Hi

I'm Natalie

I will be your online coach. You can find me assisting teachers all over LiteracyTA.com. I provide support, offer advice, and give helpful hints along the way. Welcome to LiteracyTA. A great literacy resource for 21st century teaching professionals.

Teacher Website

TA supports students, too.

With the TA, classroom teachers have My Website that they can share with their students.

At home or on the go, students can access...

  • teacher lesson plans build in LiteracyTA's Skill-Based Lesson Planner.
  • over 50 literacy skills and resources.
  • various web tools to help students reach high levels of success.
Natalie

Congratulations!

You have completed the Welcome module for your new TA.

It's time to learn about our Skill Library. Click the "Next" button or arrow forward to start the module.

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Getting to Know TA

Skill Library

The following slides will show you how to locate reading, writing, and speaking skills in our Skill Library. You will also learn how to use tools and resources in the Skill Library to teach high-level literacy skills.

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TA members have access to practical student handouts, assessment tools, and teaching resources in the Skill Library. Click on the Skill Library in the top navigation.
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In the Skill Library, click on a skill category in the quick reference bar at the top of the page.
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Our reading skill categories are also organized under larger, more general categories: Before, During, and After Reading. Scroll down the page and click on a category.
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On the category page, click the "Elementary" tab to see the elementary handouts. Click on the "Middle/High" tab to get back to the middle/high handouts.
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Click on a skill you want to teach and you will be taken to a skill page.
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Each of our skills have their own skill pages. Here, teachers can learn more about the skill and get tips on how to teach it.
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When on a skill page, click the "Elementary" tab to see the elementary handouts and resources. Click on the "Middle/High" tab to get back to the middle/high resources.
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The skill pages offer additional handouts, resources, and supports that you can use to help teach the skills. The skill page is like a digital teacher guide.
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We have aligned each skill to the Common Core College and Career Readiness Standards. View them at the top of every skill page.
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Click on the maroon Common Core cubes at the top of the skill page and you will be taken down to the bottom of the page where we provide the complete standard.
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Click on the Zoom icon and the digital teacher guide transforms into a student presentation deck.
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The Zoom Presentation offers slides that teachers can use to teach skills. In this view, teachers have access to a digital timer that can be used to pace an activity or hold students accountable to practicing skills for a predetermined length of time.
Natalie

Great Job!

You have completed the Skill Library module.

Next, you will learn about your new lesson planning tool. To begin the Lesson Planner module, click the "Next" button or arrow forward.

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Skill-Based Lesson Planner

The following slides will show you how to build a skill-based lesson with our online lesson planner. You will also learn how to share your lessons with LiteracyTA members and your students.

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On the Lesson Plans page, click "Build a Lesson" to get started.
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Our Skill-Based Lesson Planner will guide you through six steps. The first step asks for some general information about the lesson and the subject and grade level you teach.

When you are ready to move on to the next step, click "Save and Next" at the bottom of the page. At any time in the lesson, you can click "Save and Exit" and you will be taken to the Lesson Summary page.

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Our Lesson Planner is designed to be used with a text. TA members can use this planner to build engaging, skill-based lessons for the texts and reading skills they want to teach.

Enter in your source information and use the Text Complexity Meter to get a general sense of how challenging your text is for your kids.

Natalie, our online coach, will help you complete each section in the planner. She provides suggestions and important information every step of the way.

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We provide templates to help you write writing prompts for the lesson.

Simply click a template on the right and make changes.

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Natalie will help you select Common Core College and Career Readiness Standards.

She takes your information and recommends standards to teach.

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We align the standards you select to skills you should teach.

You can add quickwrite activities, videos, vocabulary, and anticipation guides during this step.

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Natalie can help you write learning objectives based on your standards and quickly produce comprehension questions related to the reading purpose.
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You can share your lesson with all of the LiteracyTA members by clicking "Public" at the end of the lesson.

Your students can access your lessons even if you do not share them with the rest of the community.

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We have a growing number of skill-based lessons developed by and shared with our LiteracyTA community.

Share one lesson and watch the resource grow.

You can click "All" to see all the lessons or click on a subject to see lessons for specific content areas.

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Click on "My Lessons" to see all of the lessons you have created with our Skill-Based Lesson Planner.

You can also copy any public lesson and add it to your personal library of lessons.

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On the Lesson Summary page, you will have access to a toolbar that will allow you to edit a lesson, make a copy of a lesson, or delete a lesson.

You can make a copy of a lesson you created or make a copy of a public lesson from our Lesson Plans Library.

At anytime, you can make your lessons public for the whole LiteracyTA community. Think about how powerful this resource can be if everyone in the community just shared one lesson. Let's get planning, together.

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From the Lesson Summary view, click on "Zoom Presentation" and your lesson will transform into a digital student presentation.
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The digital student presentation is designed to help you teach skill lesson.

All of our language resources, student activities, and skill rubrics will be available in the Zoom Presentation.

The Zoom Presentation also provides additional teaching tools like a digital timer to help pace student activities.

Natalie

Fantastic!

You have completed the Lesson Planner module.

It's time to learn about how we support skill-based instruction. You know the drill, click the "Next" button or arrow forward to get started.

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Getting to Know TA

Skill Instruction

The following slides will show you how to navigate our Skill Instruction section. Our Skill Instruction pages offer classroom tested teaching practices and frameworks for effective literacy instruction.

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Learn about skill-based instruction and how to create the LTA Environment in your classroom.
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This section provides critical teaching frameworks educators can use to implement effective skill-based instruction.
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The Skill Instruction section connects you to teaching tips and instructional strategies that engage all students in the learning process.
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Find explicit "How to" guides that support the implementation of engaging, skill-based instruction.
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Connect back to the Skill Library by clicking on practical student handouts and activities.
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Moving Right Along!

You have completed the Skill Instruction module.

Ready for Common Core? This next module will highlight your new Common Core tools. Click the "Next" button or arrow forward to learn more.

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Common Core Tools

The following slides will explore our Common Core section. You will learn how we have aligned our literacy skills to Common Core College and Career Readiness Standards and how we have built Common Core tools to support the implementation of the new national standards.

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Our Common Core section provides general information about the Common Core Standards (CCS) and connects you to our Common Core tools.
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We have aligned our literacy skills to the Common Core College and Career Readiness standards. Click on Reading, Writing, Speaking, or Language to view the standards and related skills.
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Identify a standard you want to teach and click on a skill to help you teach it. The skill page will open in the Skill Library.
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When you are taken to a skill page in the Skill Library, you can access student handouts and teaching resources.

The maroon cubes indicate what Common Core Standards can be taught with this skill.

If you click on the Zoom icon, the skill page will transform into a Student Presentation.

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We have developed Common Core tools that help bridge current practices to the new national standards.
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Our Common Core tools support the teaching of Common Core Standards (CCS) and help deepen educators' understanding of what the Common Core is expecting students to do.

Select a Common Core tool and get started.

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You can use our Text Complexity Meter to evaluate how challenging your texts are for your students.

The Common Core suggests we give students access to increasingly complex texts. You can use this meter to make sure your texts are delivering the level of rigor you want them to experience.

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One More to Go!

You have completed the Common Core Tools module.

This last module will focus on additional features that you get with TA. Click "Next" or arrow forward to get started.

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Getting to Know TA

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The following slides will highlight some of our support features.

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