Become a Creative and Critical Thinker!
The Developing Core Literacy Proficiencies Program offers you the knowledge, skills, and habits you need to become a successful literate person. You will learn the skills it takes to be an accomplished reader, thinker, and writer, and gain the knowledge necessary to grow your literacy. To become a literate person you must also acquire ways of thinking and working academic habits that develop over time.
Being a literate person is more important than ever. In today′s technology–driven world, no matter what you want to do go to college, become an artist, open a business, design computer apps, join the military, work in construction, or just keep up with the news you will need to be literate. The learning experiences in the Odell Education materials are designed to help you take control of your own literacy development in order to be successful in life.
The program′s five units will help you develop the ability to:
Read Closely for Textual Details: Advance your proficiency as an investigator of texts.
Make Evidence–Based Claims: Become proficient as a maker and prover of claims.
Make Evidence–Based Claims about Literary Technique: Expand your proficiency as a maker and prover of claims about literary works.
Research to Deepen Understanding: Expand your proficiency as a finder and user of information.
Build Evidence–Based Arguments: Develop your proficiency as a writer of reasoned arguments.
All the units are designed to excite your imagination and engage you in activities that are interesting and challenging.
Introduction to Developing Core Literacy Proficiencies: Becoming a Literate Person ix
Unit 1: Reading Closely for Textual Details: A wall of separation 1
Reading Closely for Textual Details Unit Texts 5
Text 1 Engraving 7
Text 2 First Amendment to the United States Constitution 8
Text 2b Letter to the Danbury Baptist, Thomas Jefferson 8
Text 3 God in America , PBS 10
Text 4 God in America, PBS 10
Text 5 Santa Fe Independent School District V. Doe, Justic Stevens 11
Text 6 Santa Fe Independent School District V. Doe, Justic Stevens, Chief Justic Rehnquist 18
Text 7 Address to the Greater Houston Ministerial Association, Senator John F. Kennedy 23
Text 8 Union Square Speech, Dorothy Day 26
Text 9 Democracy in America, Alexis de Tocqueville 28
Reading Closely for Textual Details: Literacy Toolbox 44
Unit 1b: Reading Closely for Textual Details Additional Text Set: And Life steps almost straight 87
Reading Closely for Textual Details Unit Texts 90
Text 1 Visuals on the subject of human nature 92
Text 2 A Case for a Tragic Optimism (postscript to Man s Search for Meaning) 94
Text 3 Viktor Frankl and Man s Search for Meaning (video), Viktor Frankl 96
Text 4 Time–Life Photos, Time 96
Text 5 Thirst , The Buddha 97
Text 6 We Grow Accustomed to the Dark , Emily Dickinson 101
Text 7 The Examined Life (excerpt), Cornel West 103
Text 8 Meditations on First Philosophy (excerpt), René Descartes 105
Text 9 The Genealogy of Morals (excerpt), Friedrich Nietzsche 107
Reading Closely for Textual Details: Literacy Toolbox 112
Unit 2: Making Evidence–Based Claims: We have every right to dream heroic dreams 153
Making Evidence–Based Claims Unit Texts 157
Text 1 First Inaugural Address President Ronald Reagan 157
Text 2 Remarks to the APEC Women and the Economy Summit, Secretary Hillary Clinton 165
Making Evidence–Based Claims: Literacy Toolbox 176
Unit 3: Making Evidence–Based Claims about Literary Technique: I could hear everyone s heart. 219
Making Evidence–Based Claims about Literary Technique Unit Text
What We Talk about When We Talk about Love: Raymond Carver 224
Making Evidence–Based Claims about Literary Technique: Literacy Toolbox 240
Unit 4: Researching to Deepen Understanding: Design: How does it influence innovation and progress? 283
Terms and Definitions Used in This Unit 284
Researching to Deepen Understanding Common Source Set 289
Researching to Deepen Understanding: Literacy Toolbox 294
Unit 5: Building Evidence–Based Arguments: Do to others as you would have them do to you 363
Building Evidence–Based Arguments Unit Texts 367
Building Evidence–Based Arguments: Literacy Toolbox 369
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