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Master Teacher Academy for ASE

Reasoning through Language Arts (RLA) Sessions

Master Teacher Academy for Adult Secondary Education - RLA Sessions are intended to provide strategies to assist teachers who are working with students who will need higher order thinking skills to pass the high school equivalency tests and beyond. For maximum impact, it is recommended that all 6 sessions be offered. Upon completion of all 6 sessions, teachers will qualify for a Master Teacher Academy for ASE, RLA Certificate from TRAIN PD. Sessions can be offered separately upon request.

For all sessions:
Timeframe: 3 hours
Audience: Classroom Teachers for Adult Secondary Education

Session 1A: Close Reading
This session focuses on the importance of close reading skills for both academic and workplace purposes. Participants will learn the six basic steps for teaching close reading with an emphasis on applying the strategy to different types of nonfiction texts. Participants will receive resources for texts and various research-based reading strategies that can be used in the classroom.

Session 1B: Evidence-Based Writing
This session focuses on the importance of evidence-based writing skills for both academic and workplace purposes. Participants will learn about the importance of extracting evidence from complex texts in order to enable students to develop evidence-based writing. Working with different types of source texts, participants will identify different types of evidence and strategies for teaching students how to extract evidence and explain how evidence supports a claim. Participants will receive resources for texts and various research-based writing strategies that can be used in the classroom.

Session 2A: Development of Effective Argumentative Writing
This session provides participants with hands-on practice for working with the step-by-step process necessary for developing effective argumentative writing. Working with GED® stimulus materials and prompts, participants will apply strategies to identify and analyze evidence, set a claim, determine a counter-claim and rebuttal, and determine effective strategies for building a strong, argumentative writing curriculum. Participants will receive resources for texts and various
research-based reading and writing strategies that can be used in the classroom.

Session 2B: Analyzing and Evaluating Writing
This session will focus on the importance of effectively scoring and analyzing constructed responses. The RLA scoring rubric and sample stimulus materials and prompts will be reviewed. Participants will be guided through the process of scoring constructed responses, first through modeling, then through the use of small group and independent scoring activities. The RLA Constructed Response Scoring Tool will be utilized to assist participants in accurately scoring sample writings.
Participants will receive resources and research-based strategies that can be used in the classroom.

Session 3A: Building Student Knowledge in Social Studies
This session will focus on an area that is often problematic for adult education instructors - social studies. Participants will learn about the big ideas of social studies through targeting instruction through social studies themes and practices. This workshop will focus instruction through the use of primary sources and teaching students how to read like a historian, a strong, close-reading strategy. Because graphic literacy continues to be an important skill, this workshop will provide
strategies for assisting students in analyzing different types of graphics, as well as editorial cartoons. Participants will receive resources and research-based strategies that can be used in the classroom.

Session 3B: Building Student Knowledge in Science
This session will focus on an area that is often problematic for adult education instructors - science. Participants will learn about the big ideas of science through targeting instruction through science themes and practices. To engage students, this workshop will explore the 5Es instructional strategy along with how to apply this very useful teaching strategy. Participants will also learn how to incorporate hands-on learning activities to build student understanding of scientific investigation, an important part of both technology-enhanced items and short answers. This session will also provide strategies and practice with text- and/or graphic-based prompts and scientific investigation prompts. Participants will receive resources and research-based strategies that can be used in the classroom.

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