The tasks and strategies within Perspectives are organized into curricular phases, each of which focuses on a particular literacy skill or on applying literacy skills to a community project or social action. The phases build on and interact with one another, allowing for a more comprehensive literacy experience that fully engages students with the multiple elements and interpretations of a text. The tasks and strategies selected from each phase together form an Integrated Learning Plan.
If you are a K-2 instructor, your students are creating a foundation for lifelong literacy; becoming familiar with the structure and function of texts is critical at this stage, and read-aloud texts will be central to instruction. The two instructional phases of Perspectives for K-2 learners are Exploring the Text Through Read Alouds and Responding to the Read-Aloud Text. Both include strategies designed to help young children examine, question and respond to texts that are relevant to themselves and the world around them. The assessment phase of the K-2 Integrated Learning Plan, Do Something, recognizes that learners in the early grades have the capacity to take action in support of a range of community and social justice goals—and gives them the opportunity to do so.
If you teach grades 3-12, the Integrated Learning Plan offers you choices in five phases, four of which are aligned to the Common Core State Standards for ELA and literacy: Word Work (vocabulary), Close and Critical Reading (reading), Community Inquiry (speaking and listening), Write to the Source (writing) and Do Something. Because Perspectives follows backward design, you will be prompted to select tasks from the assessment phases (Write to the Source and Do Something) before selecting strategies from the instructional phases (Word Work, Close and Critical Reading and Community Inquiry).
Once you log in to Perspectives and browse the tasks and strategies in each phase, you’ll see that the curriculum offers you many opportunities to customize your learning plan based on the essential question and central text you’ve selected, your instructional goals and the needs of your students. Not only are there many tasks and strategies to choose from, but also most of them include suggested adaptations for English language learners as well as specific applications to anti-bias instruction.
Find additional blogs, articles and professional development resources on Perspectives here.
- Toolkit for "The Ripple Effect"
- What Is This “Learning Plan”?
- Toolkit for 3-2-1-LAUNCH!
- Perspectives for a Diverse America
- Five Things to Know About ‘Perspectives’
- Teach with 'Perspectives for a Diverse America'
- 'Perspectives': We Did Our Homework!
- New Curriculum from Teaching Tolerance!
- Toolkit for “Perspectives”