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Folder 4 - Guidance on Writing a Module

Checklist for Teaching Tasks
This checklist will provide the author of an LDC module with a list of questions to self-assess the effectiveness of the teaching task. This checklist has been created using collegial suggestions for best practice.

Checklist for Text Selection
This checklist will provide the author of an LDC module with a list of questions to self-assess the appropriateness of text(s) chosen. This checklist has been created using collegial suggestions for best practice.

Educurious LDC Science Templates
This set of Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC) template tasks has been adapted for use in the science classroom.

Grade 4 Sample Informational Skills Ladder
This Grade 4 Sample Informational Skills Ladder demonstrates how the expectations and demands of the Common Core Standards can be intentionally woven into the definitions of the skills in Section 2 of an LDC module.

Grade 5 Sample Informational Skills Ladder
This Grade 5 Sample Informational Skills Ladder demonstrates how the expectations and demands of the Common Core Standards can be intentionally woven into the definitions of the skills in Section 2 of an LDC module.

Grade 6 Sample Informational Skills Ladder
This Grade 6 Sample Informational Skills Ladder demonstrates how the expectations and demands of the Common Core Standards can be intentionally woven into the definitions of the skills in Section 2 of an LDC module.

Grade 7 Sample Argumentation Skills Ladder
This Grade 7 Sample Argumentation Skills Ladder demonstrates how the expectations and demands of the Common Core Standards can be intentionally woven into the definitions of the skills in Section 2 of an LDC module.

Grade 8 Sample Argumentation Skills Ladder
This Grade 8 Sample Argumentation Skills Ladder demonstrates how the expectations and demands of the Common Core Standards can be intentionally woven into the definitions of the skills in Section 2 of an LDC module.

Grades 11-12 Sample Argumentation Skills Ladder
This Grades 11-12 Sample Argumentation Skills Ladder demonstrates how the expectations and demands of the Common Core Standards can be intentionally woven into the definitions of the skills in Section 2 of an LDC module.

Grades 9-10 Sample Argumentation Skills Ladder
This Grades 9-10 Sample Argumentation Skills Ladder demonstrates how the expectations and demands of the Common Core Standards can be intentionally woven into the definitions of the skills in Section 2 of an LDC module.

K-2 LDC Template Tasks
The New York City Department of Education Common Core Lab Team has drafted template tasks for informative and explanatory writing to encompass the CCSS demands for our youngest students. In the spirit of collaboration and collegial support, they have made these available for comment and use by the community.

LDC Common Core Template Task Collection 2
This collection is an edited version of the original piloted collection of template tasks. As in the original LDC collection, the template tasks are fill-in-the-blank “shells” that allow teachers to insert the texts to be read, writing to be produced, and content to be addressed. When filled in, template tasks create high-quality student assignments that develop reading, writing, and thinking skills in the context of learning science, history, English, and other subjects. They specify the subjects and levels of student work for which they can be used, and they come with rubrics that can be used to score the resulting student work.

This Collection differs from the original piloted collection in that L2’s and L3’s are now a separate list of “demands” or “D’s” to choose from. Accordingly, the L2 and L3 statements in the rubric are also deleted and replaced with a statement about meeting demands. For example, under Advanced in the Informational/Explanatory rubric you will see, “D: Addresses additional demands with thoroughness and makes a connection to controlling idea.”

Reflection Prompts
This recently created document offers self-reflection questions when designing and/or implementing an LDC module.

Step-by-Step Writing of an LDC Module
This powerpoint could be used during a session on writing an LDC Module.

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