This page presents an outline for a high school literacy instruction handbook. The process of creating a handbook that your teachers can agree on is just as important as the product itself: in fact, it’s an important step toward ensuring that your school provides high-quality literacy instruction to EVERY student.
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POLICIES, PROCEDURES, PRACTICES:
Generally Accepted Policies, Procedures, and Practices for Teachers
- Lesson Plans (See sample templates in “Templates for Lessons & Units.”)
- Unit Plans (See sample template, sample overview, and sample unit in “Templates for Lessons & Units.”)
- Sample Classroom Management Plan
- Humanities Dept. Grading Policies (An opportunity to meet and come to consensus)
- Sample Introduction Letter to Parents re: class rules and policies (in the Download Zone below.)
- The “Visible Curriculum”: suggestions for use of wall space, e.g., word walls, student work with rubrics and descriptions of assessments, class rules, inspirational quotes….
Grades 9-12 Scope and Sequence for Literacy (2-3 pages per grade, including essential questions, key unit topics, texts, objectives, assessments, and grammar points emphasized)
HOW WE TEACH READING:
Provide an overview with reference to “Comprehension 101” and “Connecting Reading, Writing, Test Prep.”
How We Teach Annotation: See “Analyzing Literature” and “Nonfiction Reading Strategies.”
- Sample Rubrics
- Sample Annotated Texts
How We Teach Vocabulary
Recommended Reading--See “Recommended Reading” for the following:
- Explanation of Logistics
- Summer Reading Lists
- Sample Summer Reading Assignments (in the Download Zone below).
HOW WE TEACH ORAL PRESENTATIONS:
How We Use Socratic Seminars
How We Teach Public Speaking
HOW WE TEACH WRITING:
How We Teach Writing
Sample Major Writing Assessments in Each Grade
HOW WE TEACH TEST PREP:
How We Use Benchmarks/Interim Assessments/DDI
- Philosophy (See “DDI.”)
- Logistics: Implementation and Follow-through (For suggestions, see “DDI 101.”)
How We Prepare for NJ HSPA
- Reading: Strategies are infused in the curriculum.
- Writing: Timed writing needs some specific preparation and review (See “NJ HSPA Prep.”).
IN THE DOWNLOAD ZONE for HS Lit Handbook: