Daily Literacy Block with Offline Activities Model

Time on technology: ~90 minutes

Using ThinkCERCA across curriculum increases students' critical thinking skills and deepens engagement in content areas (an ever-increasing focus of state assessments).

Teachers can select lessons that support close reading and argumentative writing about topics across content areas, strengthening the development of knowledge and critical reading, writing, and communication skills in each core subject.

Suggested Schedule to Complete 1 Lesson Set

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

25 minutes

Direct Instruction lesson with automated assessment

45 minutes

Personal Connect, Reading with Comprehension Check, Close Reading

(Applied Reading and Writing steps 1-3)

45 minutes

Summarizing, Pre-writing with Argument Builder, and Writing

(Applied Reading and Writing steps 4-6)

30 minutes

Create your CERCA or Narrative

(Applied Reading and Writing step 6)

30 minutes

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.
  • Teacher leads group discussion about topic.
  • Students begin formalizing drafts.
  • Finalize formal drafts.
  • Edit with peers.
  • Complete self-evaluation.
Classroom Setup Teacher leads direct instruction. Teacher leads group discussion.

Suggested Schedule to Complete 1 Lesson Set

Session 1
ThinkCERCA Steps Direct Instruction lesson with automated assessment
Student Tasks

25 minutes

  1. Develop initial understanding and questions related to key skill or concept through direct instruction.
Classroom Setup Teacher leads direct instruction.
Session 2
ThinkCERCA Steps Personal Connect, Reading with Comprehension Check, Close Reading

(Applied Reading and Writing steps 1-3)
Student Tasks

45 minutes

  1. Activate background knowledge with the personal connection and an overview of the essential question that connects all readings in the set.
  2. Read an authentic, complex text accessible at individual reading levels and related to the essential question.
  3. Complete assessments for real-time feedback and progress monitoring.
  4. Read closely to unlock meaning with discipline-specific, guided reading prompts for highlighting and annotating texts.
Classroom Setup
Session 3
ThinkCERCA Steps Summarizing, Pre-writing with Argument Builder, and Writing

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

45 minutes

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

(Applied Reading and Writing step 6)
Student Tasks

30 minutes

  1. Teacher leads group discussion about topic.
  2. Students begin formalizing drafts.
Classroom Setup Teacher leads group discussion.
Session 5
ThinkCERCA Steps Self-evaluation in rubric
Student Tasks

30 minutes

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

Our Advice

Successful Working Conditions

  • 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.

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

  • A popular model for a low-tech environment, this model accomplishes several key literacy skills such as close reading, summarizing, academic writing, and speaking and listening.
  • While some teachers will use this as one week out of their month to do a CERCA Set, others use it throughout the whole week and finish a CERCA Set per week.

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.