Audience: Grades 3-10 teachers, Literacy Coaches and ELA Supervisors

Length: Half or Full Day Workshop


Are you seeking a student step-by-step guide to unpacking NJSLA writing tasks and strategies to equip your students with improved writing skills?  Are you curious on how to pace your NJSLA preparation instruction to meet the needs of all learners?  This workshop will provide you the strategies, tasks and resources for you and your students’ strategy toolkit.

During this workshop participants will:

  • Learn how to unpack the Narrative and Literary Analysis Tasks into student friendly questions.
  • Learn the 4 Critical Reading Skills necessary to thoughtfully respond to NJSLA questions
  • Practice learning tasks to build proficiency in paraphrasing, inferencing, understanding vocabulary in context and summarizing skills
  • Utilize D.DAT, Characterization method, and other graphic organizer as tools for understanding literary elements in fiction and non-fiction texts.
  • Understand how to develop and implement a 6 -day lesson plan cycle for the Narrative and Literary Analysis Tasks aligned to the NJSLS.
  • Read the student learning objectives for a Narrative and Literary Analysis Task
  • Review an ELA prep checklist to identify gaps in student confidence and learning attitudes

The content of the workshop is research based from Sarah Tantillo of Teachers College, Columbia University.