Terrific Text Features and Rocking References – Model Curriculum Framework

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Additional third party resources and tools are included as active links throughout the interactive PDF document. All resources are suggestions and should be reviewed prior to use. You can create your own Curriculum Framework using the blank template available by clicking here!

326 kB6th Grade – Terrific Text Features and Rocking References 150 KB6th Grade ELA Standards

AUDIO OVERVIEW starring Kelli and Rebekah

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In this unit students will understand what text features are and how they aid in comprehension of nonfiction text, the difference in primary and secondary sources, and how to determine credible sources.  Because students spend most of their time reading nonfiction in science and social studies, it is beneficial to complete this unit towards the beginning of the school year.  Throughout the year students can continue to talk about these concepts with the readings they use in all subjects.


How do text features contribute to your understanding of nonfiction?


  • Students will be able to identify text features.

  • Students will be able to explain why authors include text features in nonfiction.

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Repeated Reading


Also available via YouTube.

This PD On Your Plan module highlights another awesome Oklahoma teacher: Ms. Kathy Prosser of Jefferson Middle School!

In this module, Ms. Prosser facilitates the learning while students track their personal growth in reading fluency and comprehension. As they take turns reading a text aloud, they track their speed and mark for any mistakes or confusion while reading. Students also compose questions about the text.

As you watch, consider the following:

  1. What ideas are you having or what are your three main takeaways after watching?
  2. What reading strategies have been successful in your classroom?
  3. What strategies do you want to implement and would you modify for your classroom?

Post your responses in the comment box at the bottom of the page.


194 kBRepeated Reading Directions PDF 263 kBFluency-Progress Tracker 72 kBLevel Questions handout PDF


Moving Beyond Texts lessons

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In this time of transition, we have created lessons for teachers grades 5-12 that focus on moving beyond texts to foster interactive student learning. These lessons are adaptable for all teachers to use in their classrooms. We have based the lessons on NMSI’s (National Math and Science Institute) lessons “Moving Beyond Text”. This program focuses on integrating visual, literary, informational, and electronic sources in lessons for the ELA classroom. We have produced these sample lessons in hopes that ELA teachers around the state will use these models and develop even better ideas to share with others here on the ELAOKTeachers site.

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Literacy & Writing Resources for Science, Social Studies/History, and Technical Subjects

To all School Faculty and Staff:

During the Oklahoma Summer Convening, our group of teachers collaborated and came up with several different ways to help with cross curricular alignment and curriculum mapping.   Our productions included:

These are not final copies.  It is in the drafting process; however, these are tools that we want to share with you with the understanding that there may be errors and changes may need to be made over the next couple of years as we move from PASS to Oklahoma Academic Standards/Common Core State Standards for ELA and Mathematics.

We would like to retain our rights as authors; however, we do want you to use these as samples and guides for a better understanding of how the common core standards can be applied and how they can easily be viewed for vertical alignment in ELA 6-12 grades.

Thank you.


-Rebecca Bolding, Michelle Hall, Michelle Knight, Heather Samis, and Jennifer Williams

43 kBWriting Progression Chart for Cross-Curricular Teams

43 kBGeneral Writing Rubric – Literacy in Science, Social Studies, and Technical Subjects

27 kBCross Curricular Lesson Planning Template

49 kBLiteracy Lesson Starters for Science, Math, and Social Studies