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Unit 2: Planning Lessons for Informational and Argument Writing

2.2.3 Using Texts to Connect the Standards across Disciplines

The CA CCSS for ELA/Literacy reading, writing, speaking and listening, and language are interconnected and interrelated. The ELA standards also connect to and support content area standards. In preparation for writing across a wide range of disciplines, students will participate in activities that emphasize different areas of the CCSS. For example, students must read from a variety of text sources to gather information and evidence for their writing. They must participate in a wide range of collaborative discussions to unpack text, increase knowledge of a topic, and learn to listen to the opinions of others while developing their own arguments. Finally, students must incorporate standard conventions, language, and domain-specific academic vocabulary into their writing.

Time to View

Now let's observe a teacher who is helping her young students increase their language knowledge by incorporating domain-specific words into their informational writing. Notice how the teacher prepares the students to write informational text "like scientists," by drawing facts from their textbook and learning how to use science vocabulary.

Early Elementary Example

Source: TC Reading and Writing Project on Vimeo

Time to Reflect

Take a few minutes to reflect upon the following questions about the video:



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