English Language Arts

  • iPads in the ELA Department Many ELA classrooms across the district are using iPads for instruction.  Working with the technology department, various ELA classrooms are exploring the use of educational apps to provide instruction in a one-to-one device setting. 
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  • Co-Teaching
    Co-Teaching at CHS
     
    This year at CHS, one grade 10 classroom will matriculate into the co-teaching model already running strong in grades 5-9 and grade 12.  Co-teaching is two or more people sharing responsibility for teaching some or all of the students assigned to a classroom. It involves the distribution of responsibility among people for planning, instruction, and evaluation for a classroom of students. Another way of saying this is that co-teaching is a fun way for students to learn from two or more people who may have different ways of thinking or teaching.  Co-teaching partners receive training in strategies to make this model successful in order for students to effectively learn.  
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  • Universal Design for Learning
    Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

    Chelmsford Public Schools has continued its commitment to the use of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) practices to create dynamic lessons that provide curriculum access for all students. Universal Design for Learning
is a set of principles for curriculum development that give all individuals equal opportunities to learn. UDL provides a blueprint for creating instructional goals, methods, materials, and assessments that work for everyone--not a single, one-size-fits-all solution but rather flexible approaches that can be customized and adjusted for individual needs.   For more information about Universal Design for Learning visit: http://cast.org   
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    Study Island
     
    Selected grade 5-8 teachers will pilot the ELA version of Study Island in the 2012-2013 school year.  Study Island offers rigorous content built from the Common Core Standards to prepare for the MCAS. Study Island supports the learning process and builds off students’ enthusiasm for technology with engaging, interactive lessons and activities. Students can work through the web-based program at their own pace, and/or teachers can guide students through the program. With dynamic content, students learn the topics.  Visit Study Island at http://www.studyisland.com for more information.  
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    Trait Crates
     
    Traits of Writing Model Grades 6-8 have adopted Trait Crates to enhance the writing program.  In these kits, writing expert Ruth Culham gives grade-level books with in-depth lessons to help teach the traits of writing to English language learners. Each Mentor text provides real-life modeling to improve student writing.  Topics feature ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, and conventions. Visit the Scholastic website for more information: http://www.scholastic.com/elt/teaching_resources/trait_crates.htm
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    Parents' Guide to Student Success National PTA
    The Parents’ Guide to Student Successwas developed in response to the Common Core State Standards in English language arts and mathematics that more than 40 states have adopted.  Created by teachers, parents, education experts, and others from across the country, the standards provide clear, consistent expectations for what students should be learning at each grade in order to be prepared for college and career.  Visit the website at www.pta.org/4446.htm to learn more about the standards by grade level. 
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