Core ELA Curriculum Model

Time on technology: ~75 minutes

Even with limited technology access, teachers can incorporate ThinkCERCA a little each day in an established literacy routine to practice integrated reading and writing throughout the week.

Start each week by introducing a key skill and a topic connected to the novel or existing reading curriculum unit that's already being taught. Use ThinkCERCA's complex texts and scaffolded close reading and writing process to personalize instruction, while working with individuals and small groups.

Suggested Schedule to Complete 1 Lesson Set

Session 1 Session 2 Session 3 Session 4 Session 5
ThinkCERCA Steps

Self-paced Direct Instruction Lesson, Personal Connection

(Applied Reading and Writing step 1)

Reading with Comprehension Check, Close Reading

(Applied Reading and Writing steps 2-3)

Summarizing, Pre-writing with Argument Builder, and Writing

(Applied Reading and Writing steps 4-6)

Create Your CERCA or Narrative

(Applied Reading and Writing step 6)

Self-evaluation in Rubric
Student Tasks
  • Develop initial understanding and questions related to key skill or concept through direct instruction.
  • Activate background knowledge with the personal connection and an overview of the essential question that connects all readings in the set.
  • Read an authentic, complex text accessible at individual reading levels and related to the essential question.
  • Complete assessments for real-time feedback and progress monitoring.
  • Read closely to unlock meaning with discipline-specific, guided reading prompts for highlighting and annotating texts.
  • Summarize the text.
  • Draft outline of argument, narrative, or informational writing using graphic organizers.
  • Begin formalizing drafts.
  • Collaborate with peers to refine thinking and deepen understanding.
  • Finalize formal drafts.
  • Edit with peers.
  • Complete self-evaluation.
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Suggested Schedule to Complete 1 Lesson Set

Session 1
ThinkCERCA Steps Self-paced Direct Instruction Lesson, Personal Connection

(Applied Reading and Writing step 1)
Student Tasks

  1. Develop initial understanding and questions related to key skill or concept through direct instruction.
  2. Activate background knowledge with the personal connection and an overview of the essential question that connects all readings in the set.
Classroom Setup Teacher leads direct instruction for half the class at a time.
Session 2
ThinkCERCA Steps Reading with Comprehension Check, Close Reading

(Applied Reading and Writing steps 2-3)
Student Tasks

  1. Read an authentic, complex text accessible at individual reading levels and related to the essential question.
  2. Complete assessments for real-time feedback and progress monitoring.
  3. Read closely to unlock meaning with discipline-specific, guided reading prompts for highlighting and annotating texts.
Classroom Setup Teacher floats among stations.
Session 3
ThinkCERCA Steps Summarizing, Pre-writing with Argument Builder, and Writing

(Applied Reading and Writing steps 4-6)
Student Tasks

  1. Summarize the text.
  2. Draft outline of argument, narrative, or informational writing using graphic organizers.
Classroom Setup Teacher floats among stations.
Session 4
ThinkCERCA Steps Create Your CERCA or Narrative

(Applied Reading and Writing step 6)
Student Tasks

  1. Begin formalizing drafts.
  2. Collaborate with peers to refine thinking and deepen understanding.
Classroom Setup Teacher floats among stations.
Session 5
ThinkCERCA Steps Self-evaluation in Rubric
Student Tasks

  1. Finalize formal drafts.
  2. Edit with peers.
  3. Complete self-evaluation.
Classroom Setup Teacher floats among stations.

Our Advice

Successful Working Conditions

  • Alignment to district reading curriculum

Best Practices

  • Track students' data by engaging in weekly meetings with fellow teachers.
  • Implement a technology calendar for students and teachers involved.

Relevant Resources

Notes

About this Schedule

  • This model is based on a classroom that had 3:1 student to device ratios.
  • Teachers may choose to use readings that support topics in Science, Social Studies, or Math blocks each month to develop background knowledge and discipline-specific reading and academic writing skills.

Customizable

  • Please use this model as a guide and feel free to adapt certain elements to fit your classroom's structure.
  • Schools with premium ThinkCERCA accounts are paired with a dedicated School Success Manager who can develop unique models based on individual needs. Get in touch with a ThinkCERCA representative if you'd like to learn more.