Support for All: Common Core for Special Education and English Language Learners

Code X equips educators with support to ensure that all students can engage with text with specificity, and that they all can participate equally in academic discourse as a class or in smaller groups, and in their writing. Code X includes daily strategies and teacher modeling to support English language learners, struggling readers, students with learning disabilities, and advanced learners.

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  • Daily Instructional
    Routines
  • Vocabulary Instruction
  • Support for Structured
    Academic Interaction
  • Structured Approaches
    to Teaching Writing
  • There are ten instructional routines that teachers use throughout the course of a Unit. Routines focus on the key instructional shifts of the Common Core and support teachers in internalizing these shifts in their day-to-day practice. These instructional routines provide students with processes for expressing ideas in order to study, review, and learn content material, rethink content, and process ideas. In addition, they serve as tools to assess students’ understanding of key ideas in texts and equip students with highly portable literacy and communication skills. These routines all include specific strategies for differentiating for English language learners, struggling readers, students with learning disabilities, and advanced students.

  • Of the many features of complex text, difficult or uncommon vocabulary presents the greatest challenge. Direct instruction of Target Words is delivered through a step-by-step vocabulary routine that includes teacher supports on how to adjust for various student needs. Students learn new vocabulary through explicit teaching and a consistent instructional sequence.

  • Code X teachers follow explicit and systematic instruction of academic language to give students the tools they need to comprehend text and participate in formal speaking and writing tasks. These teacher supports ensure that all students can engage with text with specificity, and that they can equally participate in academic discourse as a class or in smaller groups, and in their writing.

  • The Code X Writing Process is a series of steps that writers use to articulate their ideas in a piece of writing. Code X supports students in writing argumentative, informative, and narrative texts using the Writing Process so that students internalize key text structures as well as the steps that effective writers follow. Before beginning the process, students analyze a model and determine key features of the structure. Depending on student needs and pace, the writing process may take three or more days of instruction. As students develop their topics, they pull from the many days of on-demand daily writing they have done throughout their text analysis.