Curricula Double-Dosing’ – Aligning Literacy Instruction with Content-Area Instruction, Grades 3 – 6.

Curricula Double-Dosing’ – Aligning Literacy Instruction with Content-Area Instruction, Grades 3 – 6.

baffledFinding time to cover all the topics in our standards-based curriculum is growing increasingly more difficult. Raising the bar on student achievement has contributed to the growth of our robust curricula. So, too, has our knowledge base increased – there’s just more to learn! Considering ways to coordinate content-area instruction with reading and writing instruction – Curricula Double-Dosing – is a powerful way to help meet this challenge. It’s also a way to assist students grasp difficult content-rich topics for which they have little, if any, background knowledge. Immigration, Government, Rocks and Minerals, The Water Cycle and other potentially unfamiliar topics contained in typical social studies or science curriculum could become topics for reading instruction. In this workshop, participants will:

• Examine a successful model of curricula double-dosing.

• Identify content-based topics that could be double-dosed.

• Learn methods to ‘scout’ resources for instructional alignment.

• Explore how to differentiate their content-based reading instruction.

• Evaluate methods to assess their content-based reading instruction.