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2 Texas Middle School Fluency Assessment: Administering and Interpreting Results
This binder details how to score and interpret the results of the Texas Middle School Fluency Assessment (TMSFA). This course is Unit 4 of the Texas Adolescent Literacy Academy (TALA). These materials are available for view only; no credit or certificate is provided.
Escribir una carta persuasiva
This lesson was intended to be delivered in a face-to-face classroom environment. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020, this lesson has been modified from its original design to be executed in a virtual setting.
This virtual lesson was designed to prepare students to communicate familiar topics in the presentational writing mode in the target language. Students will act as a college advisor and respond to a prospective student’s email regarding housing options. Students will then peer evaluate each other’s writing and provide meaningful feedback using a rubric.
Analyzing Author’s Purpose: Argumentative Text
Students will read a pre-Civil War speech and write author’s purpose statements using the argumentative verbs explain, urge, convince, and encourage.
Poetry With Purpose
Students collaborate in small groups to discuss their peers’ poetry and assess the poetry according to the student-created rubric. The rubric assesses students’ ability to make meaningful connections to the poetic devices in their poetry. Through collaboration, they are building a culture of receptiveness among their peers.
Santa Timeline Breakout
Students collaborate and critically-think to analyze resources from informational texts of various disciplines and unlock a breakout box. Once the box is unlocked, students receive a final text to summarize.
Paired Passages with a Purpose
Students will make inferences about the author’s purpose after reading paired passages involving the same subject.
Students will evaluate a set of inferences to determine if they are valid or invalid and use text evidence to support their stance. The lesson incorporates best practices for English learners (ELs) and at-risk students such as the use of graphic organizers, anchor charts, and cooperative learning.
Making Inferences and Drawing Conclusions in an Anne Frank Digital Challenge
Students will work collaboratively on a digital challenge activity by reading short excerpts of nonfiction text and explore an online webpage where they will learn more about the life of Anne Frank and the World War II era. By answering inferential and organizational structure questions, regarding those topics, students will be in a race against each other to crack the code to a lockbox.
Home Is Where the Heart Is
Through teacher modeling, blended learning stations, self-monitoring, and developing and responding to questioning strategies of reciprocal teaching, students will be able to examine a variety of visual and written expository texts and compare how the authors achieved similar or different purposes.
4 OnTRACK English I Writing: Writing the Persuasive Essay
OnTRACK English I Writing, Module 4, Lessons 1–4. Students write persuasive texts to influence the attitudes or actions of a specific audience on specific issues.
4 OnTRACK English I Writing: Revising the Expository and Procedural Essay
OnTRACK English I Writing, Module 5, Lessons 1–4.
4 OnTRACK English I Writing: Revising the Persuasive Essay
OnTRACK English I Writing, Module 6, Lessons 1–4. Students write persuasive texts to influence the attitudes or actions of a specific audience on specific issues. Students are expected to write an argumentative essay to the appropriate audience.
8 OnTRACK English I Writing: Revision Strategies
OnTRACK English I Writing, Module 7, Lessons 1–3, Practice Lessons 1–5. Students revise drafts to improve style, word choice, figurative language, sentence variety, and subtlety of meaning after rethinking how well questions of purpose, audience, and genre have been addressed.
12 OnTRACK English I Writing: Editing
OnTRACK English I Writing, Module 8, Lessons 1–9 and Practices 1–3. Students write legibly and use appropriate capitalization and punctuation conventions in their compositions; spell correctly; and edit drafts for grammar, mechanics, and spelling.
4 OnTRACK English II Reading: Reading Comprehension Across Genres
OnTRACK English II, Module 2, Lessons 1–3 and Practice Lesson 1. Students compare and contrast differences in similar themes expressed in different time periods. Students synthesize and make logical connections between ideas and details in several texts selected to reflect a range of viewpoints on the same topic and support those findings with textual evidence.
15 OnTRACK English II Reading: Understanding and Analysis of Literary Text
OnTRACK English II Reading, Module 3, Lessons 1–12, and Practice Lessons 1–3. Students understand, make inferences and draw conclusions about the structure and elements of poetry, drama, fiction, and literary non-ficton, and provide evidence from text to support their understanding.
2 OnTRACK English II Reading: Analysis of Media Literacy
OnTRACK English II Reading, Module 4, Lessons 1 and 2. Students use comprehension skills to analyze how words, images, graphics, and sounds work together in various forms to impact meaning. Students will continue to apply earlier standards with greater depth in increasingly more complex texts.
9 OnTRACK English II Reading: Understanding and Analysis of Informational Text
OnTRACK English II Reading, Module 5, Lessons 1–7, and Practice 1 and 2. Students analyze, make inferences and draw conclusions about expository text and provide evidence from text to support their understanding and analysis. Students understand how to glean and use information in procedural texts and documents.
2 OnTRACK English II Writing: The Writing Process
Students use elements of the writing process (planning, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing) to compose text.
4 OnTRACK English II Writing: Writing the Expository and Procedural Essay
OnTrack English II Writing, Module 2, Lessons 1–4. Students write expository and procedural or work-related texts to communicate ideas and information to specific audiences for specific purposes.