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Jennifer McCabe M.Ed.
MHS L.E.A.P. Pilot
Welcome to the Malden Public Schools ELL Department wikispace! Facilitated by: Jennifer McCabe, M.Ed. Malden Public Schools, ELL Instructional Coach
ELL Language Enrichment & Acquisition Program L.E.A.P
Special thanks to: Manjula N. Karamcheti Director of Guidance, Testing and Academic Support)
Description of working group: The following pilot was created to provide a cohort of ELLs with rigorous & culturally responsive instruction. A team of teachers, instructional coaches, administrators and guidance counselors conducted a multifaceted research study and decided to create a structured Response to Intervention (RtI) model. This website and set of guidance documents has been designed to assist teachers, instructional leaders, and ELL support staff with RtI implementation.
Brief overview of instructional components for L.E.A.P. Pilot:
Timed daily agenda
Language & Content objectives
record obj, create table contents, identify text structure, etc.
L.E.A.P. Lesson planner template w/ prompts:
Key academic vocabulary routine
Small group instruction
teacher led table w/ explicit writing min-lesson: opportunities for independent writing practice
In Zone Readers Literature circles
Guiding Questions for Pilot:
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Help students showcase their work while sharing it with parents and potential schools. Give them the opportunity to reflect on everything they have learned and how they have grown
National Geographic EDGE Series Level A
L.E.A.P. Lesson Planner Template:
LEAP LEsson Planner Template McCabe.docx
EDGE Level A
Native language Summaries:
Common Core Reading Standards
Leveled Student Response Journals
Literature Circle Resources
Non Fiction Reading Scaffolds:
Common Core Anchor Standards for Writing:
Text Types and Purposes 1. Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
2. Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
3. Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.
Production and Distribution of Writing
4. Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
5. Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.
6. Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others. Research to Build and Present Knowledge
7. Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
9. Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
Range of Writing
8. Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, assess the credibility and accuracy of each source, and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism.10. Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks,
RTi for LEAP DRAFT:
leap rti document overview draft!!.docx
National Geographic Writing Handbook:
Native Language Glossary for EDGE series:
Making Inferences template:
Intensive Reading Single Block Edge B and Edge C (and CAR-PD Option)
– Literacy (reading/writing/ speaking/listening) across the content areas
All 9th and 10th grade students participate in a daily schedule of core classes as required for student progression and to meet graduation requirements for career and college readiness.
Schools support the instruction of reading and discipline- specific literacy across all content areas.
Tier I instruction in reading occurs primarily in Language Arts using the core language arts texts and materials in which all students receive instruction for mastery of the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards (NGSSS) for Reading/Language Arts.
Tier 1 students may have identified needs in the areas of comprehension or vocabulary and may receive supplemental instruction using one or more resources identified on the
Secondary Struggling Reader Chart
posted on BEEP. See the section on Curriculum Tier III Reading for specific recommendations.
– Intensive Reading Edge B and Edge C single block (Literacy strategies are applied to instruction of students placed using the CAR-PD option)
Hampton Brown/National Geographic Edge B (9th Grade)
Hampton Brown/National Geographic Edge C (10th Grade)
Vocabulary Through Morphemes (optional, resources allowing):
Guaranteed Curriculum: Edge
Teachers should always do the Unit Launch, vocabulary/word study, pre, during and post reading strategies for the reading selections in each Cluster of each Unit in Edge.
Students should spend the majority of their time every day reading and writing to learn as part of whole and small group instruction.
Teachers need to facilitate rich and varied learning experiences for students as part of daily differentiated instruction through rotational models to allow for reteaching, enrichment, project based learning, workplace workshops, and novel/genre study and literature circles.
Teachers may substitute the Comprehension Instructional Sequence in place of Lessons 18-23 in Cluster 3 of any unit. Teachers may use the passage in the Edge text or another passage identified as a complex, grade level text for this purpose. (The Secondary Reading department will be providing those passages for teacher/student use and they will be posted in the BEEP as soon as available.)
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Vocabulary Through Morphemes:
Vocabulary Through Morphemes is a supplemental intervention for
either Edge B or Edge C (or students in content area reading intervention (resources allowing) in the form of mini-lessons throughout the year.
There are 82 Lessons in structural analysis (morphology) across three “parts” or units - Suffix Study, Prefix Study, Roots Study.
Each lesson includes suggestions for teaching the lesson, including standards-based objectives, a warm-up activity, ideas for explicit instruction using the instructional pages, suggestions for using the practice page for application and extension, an answer key, and optional word study games and activities.
Students who are not progressing adequately using Edge B or Edge C may need more intensive and strategic (Tier 3) interventions to support remediation in one or more areas of reading.
The Secondary Struggling Reader Chart provided recommendations for remediating deficits in all areas of reading including:
Word Study and Fluency Interventions:
Edge Fluency routines and passages
REWARDS Secondary/REWARDS Plus Science
Vocabulary Through Morphemes (indirect application)
Jamestown Critical Reading and Jamestown Signature Series
In addition to the resources identified above, classroom practices that encourage repeated oral reading with feedback lead to meaningful improvement in students’ fluency. Recommended fluency routines for high school classrooms that do not require specialized programs and materials include:
Modeling: Teacher reads aloud to model the expression and prosody prosody (phrasing, expression, and intonation). The teacher should model the expressive reading of short texts daily.
Choral Reading: Students read in unison following the teacher’s phrasing, expression, and intonation.
Echo Reading: Students echo the teacher’s phrasing, expression, and intonation.
Listening while Reading: Students listen to a recording while following the text in print.
Paired Reading: Students read aloud to an adult or peer, for practicing
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prosody (phrasing, expression, and intonation).
Reading Recording: Students use recording tools to record their own reading, listen and analyze it, and repeat readings to develop accuracy and rate.
Timed Repeated Readings: Students establish specific targeted goals to increase their reading rate with good accuracy with texts they have previously read.
Reader’s Theater: Students read and/or perform individual or choral parts in dramatic texts (such as poetry, plays).
NOTE: Round Robin Reading is NOT a recommended practice for high school reading or content area classrooms.
Edge Vocabulary Routines
REWARDS Secondary/REWARDS Plus Science
Vocabulary Through Morphemes
Vocabulary Improvement Program
In addition to the resources identified above, teachers help build vocabulary and comprehension skills by immersing students in rich and varied language experiences, word study, playing with words, and making words their own through authentic reading, writing, speaking, and listening activities. Teachers should model daily the use of targeted, complex language in natural contexts. Explicit and systematic vocabulary routines and word study that do not require specialized programs and materials include:
Morphology and structural analysis
Vocabulary study cards
Vocabulary graphic organizers (such as Frayer Models and Semantic Maps)
Word wall activities
Comprehension and Critical Thinking Interventions:
Edge Comprehension routines
Jamestown Critical Reading Series and Jamestown Signature Series
Impact 3.0 or 4.2
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Explicit and systematic comprehension strategies that do not require specialized programs and materials include:
The Comprehension Instructional Sequence is a research-based sequence of instruction that supports deeper engagement with complex, grade level texts. Students will deeply process and comprehend a literary or informational text through reading and rereading, generating questions and answers based on the text, and participating in extended text discussions.
Adolescent Toolkit: Content Area Literacy Guide.
The Guide is a free resource posted in the BEEP Teacher Portal that provides concrete literacy strategies for supporting all students as they progress from “learning to read” to “reading to learn.” The guide includes a collection of strategies that support students’ literacy development and understanding of content.
Instructional Focus Calendars (IFCs)/ Pacing Guides
Pacing for Edge B and Edge C:
Edge B and C and should be completed in sequence, at a brisk and engaging instructional pace, providing time for differentiated instruction and reteaching to mastery.
Teachers have been allotted two weeks on the IFC for each cluster in each unit of Edge. (In some cases a cluster can be completed in about 8 or so days, allowing for additional time for novel/genre study and literature circles, project based learning, and differentiated instruction for reteaching, remediation and enrichment.
The Edge curriculum is recursive and sequential, and each of the 7 units focuses on a different set of reading strategies and genres, both informational and literary. If teachers pace instruction to complete one unit every 5-6 weeks, teachers will complete 6 to 7 units in Edge by the end of the year.
Teachers should not try to include every supplemental activity offered in the Edge Teacher’s Guide. Teachers must make instructional decisions based on data to best meet the needs of students.
Students should spend the majority of their instructional time engaged in scaffolded support for close reading and rereading of the texts. Teachers should use explicit instruction through the gradual release model when facilitating pre and post reading strategies to help students build independence as readers and learners.
Pacing for Vocabulary Through Morphemes:
Begin Part One approximately 3-4 weeks into the school year allowing time to establish instructional routines and/or to complete Unit 1 in Edge.
All lessons should be completed in sequence. Students will complete about 2-3 lessons per week. The first lesson in each new sequence of
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instruction will take about 20 minutes to provide for initial explicit instruction and modeling. Subsequent lessons during the week should take about 10-15 minutes.
Begin by teaching only one lesson each day. Eventually, as the routine is learned, some students could master two or possibly three lessons a day to accelerate and if additional time is allocated for instruction.
Provide the practice page the next day, or as homework on the same day.
Occasionally, apply skills with the suggested games and activities.
Weekly, model the Outside-In Strategy with content area reading.
Alternate Instruction to Prepare Students For Complex Grade Level Text like they will encounter on the FCAT:
The cluster 3 sequence of instruction in each unit of Edge
be skipped if all students have achieved mastery of the unit content tin cluster 1 and 2 as evidenced by the cluster tests.
Teachers may substitute Cluster 3 instruction for the Comprehension Instructional Sequence using complex grade level texts such as those identified in the Text Exemplars of the Common Core State Standards and released FCAT tests.
Teachers should see their reading coach for guidance on the resources for this sequence of instruction. The resources are under development by Secondary Reading department in the District Curriculum department and will eventually be posted to BEEP Learning Village portal.
Edge Lessons and Resources:
All Edge resources are posted in
> Teacher Portal > Learning Village and include:
Edge Lesson Plans
Hampton Brown Edge Online Student Book
Hampton Brown Edge Online Teacher Resources (Edge Teacher Guide, Edge Library Teacher Guides, Edge Interactive Practice Book Teacher Edition, Grammar and Language Resources, Fluency Passages, Assessments and Rubrics (including projects), Reteaching Lessons.
Edge A and Edge B NGSSS Mini-Benchmark Assessments - NGSSS benchmark focused assessment for each cluster of each unit in Edge or a total of 21 Assessments.
Edge B FCAT Connections extension lessons – 7 mini units of additional instruction, passages and strategies suitable for reteaching,
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enrichment, or extended learning. (NOTE: There are no Edge A FCAT Connections extensions lessons at this time.)
Tier II – Instructional Resources/ Interventions (RtI)
Placement in the single-block of Intensive Reading Edge B or C is already a Tier II Intervention.
Tier III – Instructional Resources/ Interventions (RtI)
If students are not progressing even when curriculum and instruction is implemented with fidelity, the student may need to be referred to the Collaborative Problem Solving Team (CPST) to analyze data and determine why the Tier II interventions are not working.
The Secondary Struggling Reader Chart provided recommendations for remediating deficits in all areas of reading. See Tier II Interventions for examples of these interventions.
Tier III students may need additional interventions or modifications such as:
More explicit and systematic instruction
Additional instruction through extended learning opportunities
Push-in or pull out tutoring
A change in the focus, format, frequency and/or size of the
instructional group to meet the student’s needs.
More frequent and ongoing monitoring of interventions and
modifications as needed.
High school students must not just meet FL DOE high school graduation requirements, but they must be meet high standards for career and college readiness.
Students placed in intensive reading intervention should be given the same opportunities for enrichment, project-based learning, and participation in literature circles/genre study, and other learning opportunities as all students.
Using a rotational model for differentiated instruction, teachers can provide small group targeted interventions and reteaching, can conduct informal fluency checks, engage in “Clipboard Cruising” meeting with individual students and small groups for brief conferences and status/progress checks as students complete guided and independent work, give students opportunities to work collaboratively (in small groups or pairs) on projects and project- based learning, in literature circles, read at the student’s independent reading level for information and pleasure, and engage in other strategic literacy learning activities to meet varying levels of need.
Extended Learning Opportunities (ELO)
Extended Learning Opportunities
are outlined for teachers in the BEEP Teacher Portal and include:
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Comprehension Instructional Sequence
Common Core State Standards Text Exemplars (App B)
) and Project Gutenberg
) - Complex texts in the
Articles of the Week (Kelly Gallagher/others - BEEP)
Vocabulary Through Morphemes
Word Generation (
Edge FCAT Connections Lessons (BEEP)
Edge Online Teacher Resources (Reteaching Lessons, Novel Guides.
Fluency Passages, more (BEEP)
Topics from the Restless
Jamestown Signatures/Jamestown Critical Reading Series
Impact 3.0 (Interpreting Data & Technical Extensions)
FAIR Toolkit - Scaffolded Discussion Templates
FCAT Explorer (
Florida Focus (
Literacy Essentials And Reading Network (LEaRN)
Thinkfinity's Read Write Think (
Beep Student Portal Databases (Opposing Viewpoints,
The Instructional Focus Calendar also provides additional suggestions for Differentiated Instruction and Supplemental and Digital Tools and Resources.
Professional Development/PLC – Lesson Study
Ongoing professional development is provided to coaches, teachers, administrators, district and school support staff by the Secondary Reading department. A calendar of face-to-face workshops is published each semester and during the summer of workshops for reading endorsement, reading strategies, and program-specific (REWARDS and Edge) instruction.
Resources for self-paced and collaborative study are posted in BEEP, in CAB conferences, on Wikis, in Blackboard and other resources.
Reading Coaches provide modeling, support, and co-planning and co- teaching of lessons to support teachers at their schools.
It is highly recommended that teachers teaching Edge co-plan and share resources, engage in Lesson Study with one another, and support and learn from Model Classrooms at their schools.
Supplemental digital materials and resources are identified on the Secondary Struggling Reader Chart and may include, but are not limited to, Edge Online, Teen Biz, netTrekker, SunSentinel online, and other resources in the BEEP Teacher and Student Portal.
Digital tools recommended for enhancing instruction in the classroom
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include an LCD projector, a document camera, an interactive white board, audio enhancement system, and student responders.
Each unit in the Edge curriculum is based on an Essential Question for engaging students in authentic real-world inquiry. Project-based learning is built into the Edge curriculum in each unit around those essential questions and many of the projects incorporate the use of digital tools and strategies.
The district’s Global Learning Initiative through Digital Education for Students (GLIDES) is an opportunity for students to using digital tools and strategies in developing authentic, real world projects that answer and respond to meaningful essential questions.
Classroom Library Resources
All intensive reading classrooms should include a classroom library of literary fiction, non-fiction/informational texts, magazines, newspapers, multimedia and audio books, and other resources that should appeal to adolescents of varying interests and reading skill levels.
The Media Specialist works closely with the reading teachers to create rich “text sets” of books and multimedia resources around a specific theme or topic of research/inquiry.
Literature circles, group and independent reading are an integral component of reading interventions for struggling adolescents.
Literary fiction and informational texts were included in the Edge adoption for all schools.
During the transition from the NGSSS to the Common Core State Standards beginning with the 2011-2012 school year, there will be a greater focus on supporting instruction for students to gain increasing independence with complex, literary and informational grade level texts. This has been incorporated into the Edge Curriculum through the option of using the Comprehension Instructional Sequence in place of the Edge Cluster 3 instruction.
Teacher’s Use of Media Center
The Media Specialist is a literacy partner to all reading and content area teachers and students.
The Media Specialist works closely with the reading and content area teachers to create rich “text sets” of books and multimedia resources around a specific theme or topic of research/inquiry.
Teachers and students check out books and other materials on a regular basis for independent reading, research and/or other content specific inquiry.
Formative & Summative
Assessments and Progress Monitoring for Edge B and Edge C:
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Cluster 1, 2, 3 Tests
Oral Reading Fluency
Unit Reading and Literary Analysis Test
Unit Project Rubric
Unit Self Assessment
Edge Benchmark Assessment Tests for Clusters 1, 2, 3
Assessment and Monitoring for Vocabulary Through Morphemes:
Use the assessments provided and monitor daily progress. (See
Do not expect 100% student mastery of each lesson. Keep the pace
lively; provide an understanding of the foundation morphological concept, and move on. Provide differentiated instruction for students who are struggling, as needed.
Pre-and Post- Tests: Use the final assessment in each part of the Blackline Masters Practice Pages:
Unit 1: Suffix Study -
Morphology Math (Final Suffix Review)
Unit 2: Prefix Study –
Final Prefix Review,
Unit 3: Roots Study –
Final Greek Combing Forms and Latin
Mid-unit Progress Monitoring: Use the General Review Assessment for each part for mid-unit progress monitoring
Unit 1: Suffix Study –
Unit 2: Prefix Study – There is no mid-unit review for this
Unit 3: Roots Study –
Greek Combining Forms Review,
Unit 3: Roots Study –
Latin Roots Review,
Ongoing Progress Monitoring:
Use the Scaffolded Discussion Templates from the FAIR Toolkit.
(See the Reading Coach for more information on giving these
The FAIR Scaffolded Discussion Templates should not be given
more than once every 4 -6 weeks.
Progress Monitoring using the FAIR or FORF
Grade Level Lexiled Passages (GLLP) and NAEP Fluency Rubric
BATs (district schedule)
BAT minis (school schedule)
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FCAT Practice/Release Tests (school schedule)
Edge Placement Test (as needed)
FCAT (and other district/state assessments)
Data Analysis/Data Chats (Teachers and Students)
Using Data to Inform Instruction:
Teachers should record all data for progress monitoring.
Students should record and chart their own data for personal progress monitoring and as an incentive for success.
Teachers must prepare carefully for each lesson, model the skills and strategies explicitly and directly, using the gradual release model of I Do, We Do, and You Do, and provide immediate and effective feedback and correction of errors.
Informal Teacher Checklists:
Teachers should keep an informal student checklist to record behaviors that demonstrate that students are progressing.
For example, indicators for student progress include students showing interest in words, student’s use of targeted words in small and whole class discussion and writing, use of word strategies to figure out unknown words encountered in reading texts across all content areas, generating and answering one’s own inquiry questions, showing interest in class discussions and activities, writing to the text, and writing more extensive and reflective responses.
Teachers should keep a “Status of the Class” checklist of student’s literacy activities (independent reading – titles, page numbers, notes from student-teacher conferences during “Clipboard Cruising”) as well as progress on writing and project-based learning.
Motivation and Engagement of Students through Student Data Chats
Data chats with students help establish a positive climate that makes
each student feel safe to take risks.
Teachers need to provide just enough scaffolding for students to be
successful while gradually withdrawing support so students build
independence as learners.
In data chats with students, students will be more motivated if they
know exactly what their data is and means, and the relevance and importance of this data in the short and long term.
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LEXIA Online Intervention for ELLs
The following are letters for parents to install the program at home in multiple languages.
Lexia Reading Parent Letter-Spanish.doc
Lexia Reading Parent Letter-Portuguese.doc
Lexia Reading Parent Letter-French.doc
Lexia Reading Parent Letter-Chinese.doc
Lexia Reading Parent Letter English.doc
Directions for Parents to Download Lexia
Lexia Directions in Word Doc Portuguese.doc
Chinese-Lexia Directions in Word.doc
Lexia Reading Parent Letter PDF-Vietnamese.pdf
Lexia Reading on the iPad:
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Administrator's App for iPad:
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