Discipline: ELA

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12

©Literacy Design Collaborative. September 2011

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Language Is Power
  • Skills Cluster 1: Preparing for the Task
    • Skill Definition

      Task Engagement

      Ability to connect the task and new content to existing knowledge, skills, experiences, interests, and concerns

      Task Analysis

      Ability to understand and explain the task's prompt and rubric.

  • Skill Cluster 2: Reading Process
    • Skill Definition

      Text Selection

      Ability to identify appropriate texts

      Active Reading

      Ability to identify the central point and main supporting elements of a text.

      Note Taking

      Ability to read purposefully and select relevant information; to summarize and/or paraphrase.

  • Skill Cluster 3: Transition to Writing
    • Skill Definition


      Ability to begin linking reading results to writing task.

  • Skill Cluster 4: Writing Process
    • Skill Definition

      Controlling Idea

      Ability to establish a controlling idea and consolidate information relevant to task.


      Ability to develop a line of thought and text structure appropriate to an information/explanation task.


      Ability to construct an initial draft with an emerging line of thought and structure.


      Ability to refine text, including line of thought, language usage, and tone as appropriate to audience and purpose.


      Ability to proofread and format a piece to make it more effective.


      Ability to submit final piece that meets expectations.

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