HS English Language Arts & Reading

Summer 2018

HS ELA Northside Literacy Project (NLP/Lit Pro)

This session is already available to register in ERO.

HS ELA: Northside Literacy Project
NLP is the foundational professional development for all HS ELA teachers new to NISD. The project centers on teaching reading and writing as integrated processes while focusing on a workshop model that supports inquiry and collaboration. The workshop approach focuses on the interaction between students and the texts they read and write. The project emphasizes model lessons, mentor texts, peer conferencing, teacher conferencing, and student independence. Participants will become familiar with Northside curriculum and learn the components necessary to establish the rituals and routines for seamless classroom literacy instruction.
 
Dates Time Hours SRN Location
June 11 - 14 8:30 am - 4:00 pm 55.0 CPE/TC
20.0 GT
261051801 Brandeis HS Library
June 18 - 21 8:30 am - 4:00 pm 55.0 CPE/TC
20.0 GT
261051801 Brandeis HS Library

 


HS ELA English I - IV Planning Sessions

eNgagement Academy at Brennan High School

eNgagement Academy sessions may not be visible in ERO until May 4th. ERO enrollment opens on May 4, 2018.

August 6th

HS ELA: Thrice Punished—Three Perspectives on Romeo and Juliet
Work through the KUDs and learning objectives to gain new insights for refreshing a time-honored classic. Participants will consider the roles monologues and soliloquies play in creating three different interpretations of Romeo and Juliet.
 
Time Hours SRN Room
8:00 - 4:00 6 hours 554551801 E219

 

HS ELA: From Beowulf to The Wife of Bath
This English IV session will focus on how to make your Old English and Medieval units come alive for our 21st century students. Bring your iPads and prepare to put a new spin on ancient texts as we plan exciting learning outcomes, assessments, and instructional strategies.
 
Time Hours SRN Room
8:00 - 4:00 6 hours 554941801 E223

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August 7th

HS ELA: How America’s Understandings of Ethnicity Are Revealed in The Great Gatsby
Indulge your inner historian by reading primary sources to gain deeper understandings of major characters in The Great Gatsby. In this session, teachers will reconsider Fitzgerald’s vision of the American Dream by analyzing close reading passages paired with historical documents.
 
Time Hours SRN Room
8:00 - 4:00 6 hours
(with 3 hours GT credit)
554561801 E219

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August 8th

HS ELA: Best Laid Plans and Teaching Of Mice and Men
Are you looking for a new approach to teaching Of Mice and Men? Or are you teaching it for the first time? Come to this session and we’ll rediscover this classic text. We’ll focus on how isolated scenes provide a pathway for discussion and analysis. We’ll have some time to look at some of our own favorite lesson ideas, so bring your favorite Of Mice and Men lessons to share. Bring an iPad so that you can capture your peers’ best laid plans and have them as an added bank of resources for your teaching files.
 
Time Hours SRN Room
8:00 - 4:00 6 hours
(with 1.5 hours GT credit)
554601801 E212

HS ELA eNgagement Academy Sessions

August 6 - 10 at Brennan High School

eNgagement Academy sessions may not be visible in ERO until May 4th. ERO enrollment opens on May 4, 2018.

August 6th

HS ELA: Applied English: Setting the Stage for Reading-Rich Learning
Teachers will be introduced to the ARC Literacy Lab assessment tools, intervention lessons, and curriculum framework.  When teachers leave, they will be confident about setting up systems for a focused, student-centered learning environment that promotes and celebrates reading growth.
 
Time Hours SRN Room
8:00 - 4:00 6.0 hours 554631801 E217

 

HS ELA: Writing without Prompts in the Secondary ELA Classroom
Watch your students’ engagement with the writing process increase when we give students choice and autonomy in their writing topics. Using writing territories, structured conversation, and mentor texts, you will be guided in the writing process without a prompt or 26 lines.
 
Time Hours SRN Room
12:45 - 2:15 1.5 hours 554811801 E127

 

HS ELA: Using Visual Images for Close Reading in the Secondary ELA Classroom
The session is focused on how to deepen close reading responses. It is an integrated reading and writing strategy that will help students think below the surface of a text and write a thoughtful response.
 
Time Hours SRN Room
2:30 - 4:00 1.5 hours 554801801 E127

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August 7th

HS ELA: Pre-AP Initial Training for Teachers New to Pre-AP
Are you new to teaching Pre-AP? Come to this session to learn what it means to be a Pre-AP teacher in NISD. We will explore data, the AP assessments, scoring guidelines, and skills students need to master in the Pre-AP class. Teachers will learn strategies to provide the appropriate level of rigor as we scaffold Pre-AP instruction for future AP classes.
 
Time Hours SRN Room
8:00 - 4:00 6.0 hours
(with 6 hours GT credit)
554611801 E212

 

HS ELA: Interventions Using Flexible Grouping
Differentiation is difficult, but by using flexible grouping and engaging activities, we can increase student self-reliance and address gaps in learning at the same time. Join us as we take you through strategies and grouping to address individual student needs in your classroom.
 
Time Hours SRN Room
8:00 - 11:15 3.0 hours 554841801 E127

 

HS ELA: STAAR for Beginners
So you don't teach an EOC level? Every English teacher should be familiar with the requirements of the STAAR exam. This class is designed as an introduction to the world of English 1 and English 2 STAAR testing. Our goal is to examine and analyze the learning objectives and skills required by the EOC exam so that all English department teachers can support the needs of re-testers.
 
Time Hours SRN Room
8:00 - 11:15 3.0 hours 554781801 E208

 

HS ELA: Teaching EOC Re-testers
This course will address the question of how to support EOC re-testers in a course that is not a tested level. We will focus on the English 1 and English 2 EOC skills. Instructional materials will be provided to support conferencing and skill-building strategies.
 
Time Hours SRN Room
12:45 - 4:00 3.0 hours 554791801 E208

 

HS ELA: From Terrified to Techie
Confession time: "I have tech tools collecting dust in my classroom because I honestly don't know what to do with them! I just don't see how using an IPad or Chromebook is different from using a pen and paper." If you are hesitant to use your tech toys in your HS ELA classroom, this session is the perfect place to learn how to engage your students in discussion, critical thinking, and deeper reading and writing with digital tools. This is a BYOD session. 
 
Time Hours SRN Room
12:45 - 4:00 3.0 hours
(with 3 hours Tech credit)
554981801 E118

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August 8th

HS ELA: Exploring the Expository Essay—Reading and Writing Nonfiction
Teaching the Expository Essay unit can seem like a daunting task. After all, most lit majors rarely dive into expository writing in college or in their free time. In this session we will explore the essential questions of the unit. What is expository writing? Where do I find engaging mentor texts that foster deep discussion? And what should my students do with those texts when I find them? This is a BYOD session.
 
Time Hours SRN Room
8:00-4:00 6 hours
(with 6 hours Tech credit)
554971801 E118

 

HS ELA: Using Reading and Writing to Teach Revising and Editing
Ditch the grammar worksheets! There is a better way to build revising and editing skills in young writers and maintain grade appropriate TEKS. In this session, teachers will use their own writing, and grade-level reading as instructional materials. While this session will focus on blending reading and writing as it’s done in the curriculum, all strategies will support EOC style questioning.
 
Time Hours SRN Room
8:00 - 11:15 3 hours 554851801 E208

 

HS ELA: STAAR EOC Reading for EL and SE Students
This session will provide high-yield strategies designed to help your most struggling readers. Come learn how to successfully engage your students with respectful, differentiated strategies guaranteed to improve their reading skills.
 
Time Hours SRN Room
8:00 - 11:15 3 hours 554961801 E223

 

HS ELA: Get Lit with CRIT—Engaging AP Students in Deep Reading & Analytic Writing
When we ask students to analyze a text, they often resort to symbol-hunting, use mnemonic devices to lackluster ends, or just give up and say, “I don’t know what to look for or write about.” The struggle to decode literature is real—and not just for high school students. Professors at the University of Texas at Austin created The Close Reading Interpretive Tool (CRIT) to encourage a detailed, sustained, and careful analysis of text. We tested it, and believe CRIT could be what Pre-AP and AP students need to "get" lit!
 
Time Hours SRN Room
12:45 - 4:00 3 hours
(with 3 hours GT credit)
554821801 E127

 

HS ELA: STAAR EOC Writing for EL and SE Students
This session will provide high-yield strategies designed to help your most struggling writers. Come learn how to successfully engage your students with respectful, differentiated strategies guaranteed to improve their writing skills.
 
Time Hours SRN Room
12:45 - 4:00 3 hours 555021801 E223

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August 9th

HS ELA: Take the Plunge—Getting the Most out of Data with your PLC
We are all called to use data to drive decisions in the classroom. But do you feel like your PLC is drowning in data? Or are you treading water, just trying to brace for the next wave? This session will help you stay afloat. We will answer questions such as: What is “good” PLC work? How can I generate data that tells me something about what my kids understand? What should I do with the data once I have it? How to use common formative assessments to monitor student growth? Come to this session to learn how diving into data can help your PLC focus on the 4 PLC questions. Bring your iPad so that you can access data and run data reports.
Time Hours SRN Room
8:00 - 4:00 6 hours 554621801 E212

 

HS ELA: Serving Two Masters—An Approach to Pre-AP and AP Vertical Alignment
Preparing students for success in AP begins at the Pre-AP level. Come to this session to hear and see how one campus transformed their AP program through vertical alignment. Learn how a Pre-AP model lesson can serve two masters by assessing a Pre-AP student’s understanding of content and aligning to future AP Lang and AP Lit classes. Participants will learn strategies to bolster both Pre-AP and AP courses.
Time Hours SRN Room
8:00 - 11:15 3 hours
(with 3 hours GT credit)
554571801 E220

 

HS ELA: Developing Complex Characters—Analyzing Characterization with Technology Tools
There are characters we love and characters we love to hate. But all of them have one thing in common: rich, complex development. In this session, we will explore technology tools for enhancing character analysis. We will examine selections from the 10th grade textbook, but the tools and strategies are applicable to any text. This is a BYOD session.
Time Hours SRN Room
8:00 - 11:15 3 hours
(with 3 hours Tech credit)
554991801 E118

 

HS ELA: Collaborative Teaching—Starting Strong
New collaborative teams will understand the benefits of true collaborative planning and teaching. They will gain clarity about their roles, build relationships with their teammates, create systems to avoid conflict, and develop strategies to conduct secondary planning after the PLC through Specially Designed Instruction (SDI)
Time Hours SRN Room
8:00 - 11:15 3 hours 554641801 E217

 

HS ELA: Disturbing the Universe—Asking the Right Questions in AP Courses
When time is the enemy, how does an AP teacher make room for student talk and classroom discussion? Learn how to make purposeful conversation an everyday practice in an AP course by learning about the kinds of questions to ask, when to ask them, and how.
Time Hours SRN Room
12:45 - 4:00 3 hours
(with 3 hours GT credit)
554581801 E220

 

HS ELA: "This I Believe" Learning to Write by Readin
Introduce collaborative teachers to using “This I Believe” essays to improve students’ reading and writing. Teachers will be presented with snapshots of strategies and lessons that they can adapt for their curriculum. The focus will be on thesis, structure, and anecdote.
Time Hours SRN Room
12:45 - 4:00 3 hours 554661801 E217

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August 10th

HS ELA: Teaching the Novel Like a Professor
Teaching a novel is hard! With our pacing calendar, an objective driven curriculum, and students who may not read it at home, it might feel impossible. This session will take you through an entire novel as a student, and then reveal the techniques and planning necessary to make this possible in your classroom.
Time Hours SRN Room
8:00 - 4:00 6 hours 554831801 E127

 

HS ELA: Collaborative Teachers—Refueled, Reunited and Redefined
Returning collaborative teams will clarify roles and responsibilities. They will learn how to determine the collaborative structures that work best for different learning objectives and activities. Teachers will learn about planning strategies to use after formal PLC meetings through Specially Designed Instruction (SDI).
Time Hours SRN Room
8:00 - 11:15 3 hours 554651801 E217

 

HS ELA: Culturally Responsive Teaching in the ELA Classroom
Come explore the concept of culturally responsive teaching and how the many dimensions of culture affect both teachers and students. Teachers will map their own cultural reference points and consider any implicit biases that may be barriers to ensuring all our students are receiving the most relevant and rigorous ELA content possible.
Time Hours SRN Room
8:00 - 11:15 3 hours
(with 1.5 hours GT credit)
554951801 E223

 

HS ELA: Taste of Literature Circles
If the novel unit has lost its novelty, and you’d like to spice up what happens between the covers of a book, Literature Circles may be the answer. In this session, teachers will learn how to give students choice while covering required TEKS and how to organize instruction to maximize learning and retention of transferable skills.
Time Hours SRN Room
8:00 - 11:15 3 hours 554591801 E219

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