Transformational Literacy: Making the Common Core Shift with Work That Matters (Paperback)

Transformational Literacy: Making the Common Core Shift with Work That Matters By Ron Berger, Libby Woodfin, Suzanne Nathan Plaut Cover Image
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Engage, challenge, and inspire students with work that matters

Transformational Literacy, written by a team from EL Education, helps teachers leverage the Common Core instructional shifts--building knowledge through content-rich nonfiction, reading for and writing with evidence, and regular practice with complex text--to engage students in work that matters. Worthy texts and worthy tasks help students see the connection between their hard work as readers and writers and their capacity to contribute to stronger communities and a better world.

The stories, examples, and resources that permeate Transformational Literacy come primarily from the more than 150 EL Education schools around the country that support teachers to select, supplement, customize, and create curriculum, and improve instruction. The book also draws on EL Education's open source Common Core English Language Arts curriculum--often cited as one of the finest in the country--and professional development offered to thousands of teachers to implement that curriculum effectively.

Transformational Literacy combines the best of what EL Education knows works for kids--purposeful, inquiry-based learning--and the new imperative of the Common Core--higher and deeper expectations for all students.

  • Teach standards through a compelling and purposeful curriculum that prioritizes worthy texts and worthy task
  • Improve students' evidence-based reading, thinking, talking, and writing
  • Support students to develop a new mindset toward the challenge of reading complex texts

Transformational Literacy introduces an approach to literacy instruction that will engage, challenge, and inspire student with work that matters.

About the Author

Ron Berger, chief academic officer for EL Education, taught public school for more than twenty-five years. Libby Woodfin, a former teacher, is director of publications for EL Education. Suzanne Nathan Plaut, a former high school English teacher, serves as the director of curriculum design for EL Education. Cheryl Becker Dobbertin, program director for EL Education, is a former teacher and building administrator.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781118962237
ISBN-10: 1118962230
Publisher: Jossey-Bass
Publication Date: August 18th, 2014
Pages: 320
Language: English