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The Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC) is a national community of professional educators working together to prepare students for college and the 21st century workplace. Through LDC work, teachers, schools, and districts engage in a reflective and collaborative process, growing their expertise in using their state standards in instructional planning, ongoing curriculum-embedded assessment, and results analysis. Leveraging a network of literacy partners, LDC fosters sustainable growth of its Community of Practice through efficient and productive collaboration for educators across 50 states.

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Text Analysis: Flowers for Algernon
  • Reading Standards for Fiction
  • Middle School
In this module middle school students analyze Daniel Keyes' short story, "Flowers for Algernon," focusing on RL.8.3 and W.8.2. This module acts as a...
A Closer Look at "Mother to Son"
  • Reading Standards for Fiction
  • 3-5, MS
During this module, students will focus on determining the theme of a poem using details in the text, including how characters respond to challenges...
Heroes Vs. Villains: Explorers of the New World
  • Multiple Subjects
  • 3-5, MS
Throughout history, explorers have made discoveries that changed the way people viewed the world. In their quest for knowledge and fame, these...
Split Page Notetaking
  • Multiple Subjects
  • MS, HS
Students will gain the ability to select important facts and passages for use in one's own writing. This strategy can be used for oral lectures or...
Character Study Organizer
  • Reading Standards for Fiction
  • MS, HS
Students will gain the ability to analyze and select the most important facts and/or details that demonstrate the change or growth of a character in...
Story Map
  • Reading Standards for Fiction
  • K-2, 3-5, MS
Students will gain the ability to use a story map to organize essential narrative elements in order to retell a story. For more literacy activities...
Directed Reading-Thinking Activity (DRTA)
  • English Language Arts
  • K-2, 3-5, MS
Students will learn to make, check, and revise predictions several times over the course of a text. For more literacy activities and modules, visit:...
Reading Photographs
Using the Library of Congress analysis protocol of Observe, Reflect and Question and the analysis tool, students will record their analyses of the...
Assessing Source Credibility
  • Multiple Subjects
  • MS, HS
Students will practice media literacy by determining which sources they can trust for credible, accurate, and persuasive evidence. For more literacy...
Writing Observational Journals
Students will write an observational journal for an animal of their choosing. They will also use peer feedback to revise their notes for clarity,...