Building Literacy At The Outlier Disciplines

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Building Literacy in the Outlier Disciplines
Curriculum Management
Trixie Roxanne Enix
Arkansas State University

Pea Ridge High School (PRHS) has long prided itself of being a high achieving school in academics; it is number six in the state for the 2013-2014 school year. Since the implementation of the Common Core Standards, PRHS has found itself having to reteach educators to use the literacy standards because most in the non-literacy/math disciplines still use the Arkansas Frameworks. Not only has the literacy standards been an arduous task to implement in the literacy areas, the high school struggles with the concept of teaching literacy in the areas that are not necessarily considered literacy areas.
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Having done substantial research, the author of this project discovered several online resources, but the standout online program of Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC) was found to be the easiest for teachers to implement in the areas not considered literacy. Educators will be required to use the program to implement the literacy standards in the non-literacy disciplines. Literacy teachers can use resources from this program and pair it with a program already set in place, The Learning Institute (TLI), to insure sufficient progress in making sure that all students have the best possible education at their disposal.

Rationale Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are regarded as a detestable beast by many in the educational field. For those who teach literacy, this is not an uncommon idea or ominous threat, yet for those who have never taught literacy and are now expected to implement writing and reading comprehension student learning expectations (SLE), this can be a daunting task. CCSS along with the Arkansas Department of Education insist on this being done (2013). Many times the CCSS were listed on the lesson plans at the high school to soothe the conscience of the educator and to appease the administration, but they were not taught effectively or briefly skimmed over with the students. With the advent of the
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