English Language Arts, Grade 12 Module 1
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English Language Arts, Grade 12 Module 1
What is Paths to College and Career ?
Paths to College and Career is a comprehensive English Language Arts/Literacy curriculum that meets the demands and instructional shifts of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Modules, units, and lessons in Paths address the curriculum standards as detailed in the Publisher's Criteria and the EQuIP Rubric ( Paths provides engaging and challenging learning experiences for students. Likewise, it provides meaningful support for educators as they encounter new instructional approaches and strategies that build students' skills and knowledge for success at the postsecondary level and in the workforce. Paths provides guidance to teachers for facilitating evidence-based conversations about text, developing students' academic vocabulary, teaching close reading, implementing Accountable Independent Reading (AIR), and unpacking the standards themselves.
Features of Paths to College and Career
Engaging, Complex Texts
In keeping with the guidance of the standards around increased text complexity, Paths includes a range of literary and informational texts at each grade level. The program features familiar canonical literature, such as Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and Edgar Allen Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart," as well as contemporary works, such as Jhumpa Lahiri's The Namesake and Karen Russell's "St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves." Paths also embodies the CCSS emphasis on informational text, featuring such literary nonfiction as Thoreau's "Civil Disobedience," Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "Letter from Birmingham Jail," and Julia Alvarez's "A Genetics of Justice." Through this diversity and balance of texts, Paths gives students at all levels the opportunity to grapple with, deconstruct, analyze, and make meaning from complex texts that address highly relevant and universal ideas and issues.
Depth of Reading
Paths is paced to allow students to carefully explore complex text through reading and rereading to fully investigate ideas, structures, and layers of meaning. Paths emphasizes depth of understanding of the text students read rather than the breadth of texts "covered" in a curriculum. To allow for deep analysis of texts, some works are read in their entirety, while others are read in excerpted selections.
Paths ensures that students have the space, time, and support to navigate complex texts that are worth reading. Each lesson in the curriculum engages students in thinking, talking, and writing about the texts as they read, reread, and collaborate. In Paths, students work independently and in groups to address challenging text-based questions, recognizing and articulating their own confusions and understandings before teachers model problem solving or provide guidance. As students progress through the grades, their increased capacity for independent work with complex texts increases, leading to greater ownership of their own learning.
Revisiting and Annotating Text
Throughout Paths ' lessons, students engage in reading both fiction and nonfiction in small chunks for specific purposes. Students may spend an entire class period on 10 lines of text to achieve a clear and common understanding. A central feature of achieving a depth of understanding involves annotating text. Paths regularly asks students to make note of specific parts of a text that contain important ideas or themes. These annotations and selections may spark connections to other parts of the text or a different text, or require additional instructional attention to support comprehension and analysis.
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