PARCC – English Language Arts2017-10-18T17:03:44+00:00

PARCC – English Language Arts

In-person, On-site Professional Development Workshops

  • We have developed a specific 6-step process that every student can employ to respond to any of PARCC’s LATs and RSTs. This straightforward process allows students to focus on the content of the Prose Constructed Response rather than worrying too much about how their essays should be structured. Participants will walk through this process using PARCC’s current released items with activities, as well as the scoring process that impart ways to provide corrective instruction based upon each student’s level of development.
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  • This workshop will present methods that instructors can employ to assist their students to create comprehensive essays that address all elements of literature. The participants will experience numerous activities that they can use in the classroom to hone students’ understanding of literary elements. Instructors will have a keen understanding of the task focus for each grade level on PARCC’s Literary Analysis Tasks. Districts and schools can select from a variety of grade-level configurations (3-5, 6-8, HS) and workshop materials and activities will be selected to address students’ developmental levels.
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  • PARCC’s Research Simulation Tasks require students to analyze and synthesize three pieces of informational text and multimedia and construct a comprehensive piece of literature. This arduous task is challenging and significantly novel for students. This workshop provides a framework that instructors can employ to assure students’ success on the RST. Instructors will learn how to construct RSTs in their classroom and will receive numerous resources that they can use throughout the school year. Districts and schools can select from a variety of grade-level configurations (3-5, 6-8, HS) and workshop materials and activities will be selected to address students’ developmental levels.
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  • This workshop is designed to assist instructors to be able to utilize PARCC rubrics in the classroom. Schools will be offered a complete LAT and/or RST for all participating grade levels (grades 3-11) to use in class in order to bring the essays to the workshops. Instructors learn how PARCC will use their generic rubrics with item-specific criteria using live student samples. Instructors also learn how to score and analyze their students’ essays in order to create corrective instruction plans.
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  • While the creative and descriptive writing on PARCC’s narrative tasks are already familiar to students, these tasks pose a challenge due to the high level of close reading and writing skill they require of test takers. For the narrative story task, students in every grade must be able to discern how literary elements are used in their readings and then apply them in the same manner to their own writing. This workshop provides resources and activities that instructors can use in the classroom to help students respond to the prose constructed response prompts with coherent and engaging prose.
  • Over the next few years, instructors will have to learn how to prepare students for PARCC’s Technology-Enhanced Constructed Responses (TECRs) and Evidence-Based Selected Responses (EBSRs).This workshop begins with an overview of how to evaluate and select both anchor and additional text “worthy of study” from which to construct EBSRs and TECRs. Next, the presenter will introduce activities and resources that instructors can use to prepare students to complete these novel and challenging items. Districts and schools can select from a variety of grade-level configurations (3-5, 3-8, 6-8, 6-12, and HS) and workshop materials and activities will be selected to address students’ developmental levels.
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  • When instructors use paired texts they have the opportunity to expand students’ content knowledge, increase their reading comprehension, and develop their critical thinking skills. Using paired texts promotes higher-order thinking when students are asked to compare literary elements, to analyze how texts are transformed, and to compare text structures. During this workshop, participants explore the English Standards for each grade level and consider seven purposes for pairing texts. For each of the seven purposes, the presenter will provide applicable lesson plans and activities. After the lesson plans and resources are explored, the audience will consider how they could use paired texts to enhance instruction.
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  • The PARCC test results present novel challenges for administrative teams, who must determine how to effectively use the data to inform instruction. This workshop begins with a brief overview of the test results: test scale, meaning and implications of averages, and score comparisons. Next, the presenter explains how specific items fall into the testing categories and how item types are scored. In the second half of the workshop, the presenter reviews the major, supporting, and additional Standards that are assessed on each grade level. Participants receive resources, lesson plans and activities they can use to help students master all three item types on the PARCC mathematics tests.
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  • Educators will find value in analyzing PARCC’s Evidence Statements coupled with their District Performance Level Summaries. During this workshop, educator teams are lead through an evaluation of their own district reports to conduct an item analysis of outliers, to consider each grade’s performance in relationship to state results by identifying the lowest performing cohorts, and, most importantly, to create a plan to address
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  • During this workshop participants will receive an overview of the PARCC items, how they are scored, and how many points they are worth in relation to the overall point values. Next, participants will learn specific strategies and receive a plethora of activities and lesson plans that they can use to address each student’s unique needs as they pertain to the PARCC writing and reading tasks. Lastly, the presenter will explain how to roll out a successful coaching model that ensures students are appropriately prepared to perform at their personal best on PARCC, but not over- or underexposed to essential knowledge and skills.
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  • The best form of test preparation is integrating the necessary skills and habits of mind into daily instruction. This workshop provides the concepts and materials that instructors need in order to provide seamless Standards-based instruction that also prepares students to perform at their personal best on PARCC. Concepts presented during this workshop include: PARCC instructional resources, using PARCC rubrics, constructing PARCC items, using companion text, and creating PARCC Do Now’s. Instructors will leave the workshop with a large repertoire of ideas and activities that they can employ in class the very next day.
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