Our College and Career Readiness Student Handbook: Rising Up supports middle school students as they read, speak, and write about texts across content areas. The handbook places skills, supports, and scaffolds for the new national standards at the fingertips of every student on campus. With the College and Career Readiness (CCR) Student Handbook, students have the support they need to prepare for rigorous reading and writing tasks, high school course work, and exams aligned to the Common Core and college and career readiness standards.
Great for students
- Students learn deep comprehension and close reading skills that can support reading in all classes.
- Students successfully engage in evidence-based speaking and writing tasks.
- Students gain the skills to confidently and independently read, speak, and write about increasingly complex texts.
- Students develop higher level thinking skills that support cognitively demanding assignments.
Great for teachers and parents
- Provides a comprehensive college and career readiness resource for every student on campus.
- Offers a simple process for reading, speaking, and writing about texts.
- Empowers parents with a practical tool to help their children practice academic reading and writing skills at home.
- Achieves a school-wide focus on College and Career Readiness literacy standards by offering a common language and common approach to working with texts.
- Delivers school-wide support for all students.
How it works
The College and Career Readiness Student Handbook: Rising Up opens with three academic tutorials.
Reading and Writing about Arguments
Reading and Writing about Informational Texts
Reading and Writing about Fictional Texts
The first two pages in each tutorial introduce the type of text (argument, informational, or fiction), offer a list of College and Career Readiness Standards that relate to the type of text, and define the academic words that appear in the standards.
The next two pages in the tutorial guide students through a clear process for reading and writing about a text. There are four clear steps that guide students to read independently. Teachers and parents can use these steps to model an effective process for reading and writing about texts.
Each tutorial references practical skills students can use to read, speak, and write about the texts in class or at home.
The skills in the handbook are organized into three basic categories:
Students can use the page number references in the tutorials to find a skill or they can turn to a skill section and find the support they need.
At the back of the handbook, students will find a comprehensive list of the College and Career Readiness Standards for reading, speaking, and writing. The standards are set next to each other (grades 6-8) to show how the standards vertically align. There is a place to keep track of how many times they practice the standards. Under each page in this section, students can rewrite the standards in their own--kid friendly--language.