Independence High School
Literacy Plan 2011-2012
Submitted by Tori Damron and Mark Olsen
Current Literacy Plan
- School-wide PLC data team meetings (bi-monthly).
- SSR: Department-wide in English classes for 20
minutes every Wednesday with summary journal.
- ERWC modules implemented 9th-12th in English.
- Monthly CAPP literacy meetings within the English department.
- Pretests and posttests for students' reading levels and place those in need
of reading remediation into Literacy classes.
- Place focused ELD students in a writing enrichment class (2nd Semester).
- Concurrently enroll as many ELD and Special Education students as is feasible into
regular English classes (to help ensure ELA standards are met).
- Place as many students as feasible who didn't pass the CAHSEE into a CAHSEE prep
class to help insure they pass the test.
- AVID strategies, in particular Cornell Notes, implemented school wide.
- Continue literacy teams to better prepare out campus to improve the literacy of
- Incorporate tutoring opportunities, especially for English courses.
Students who work after school will receive community service hours and/or pay (dependent on funding).
- Provide more professional development opportunities for the school staff to share with
one another. Paid time after school? Summer hours?
- Once a month, each subject will introduce subject specific relevant articles (i.e.-famous
mathematicians, professional athletes, health issues, current politics, etc). The literacy team will provide templates for questions to help
teachers with this task.
- Incorporate templates from They Say, I Say for student written responses in English
classes and eventually extend to other subject areas
- Skillful use of data to evaluate student growth within PLC teams.
- Implement a word of the week into the announcements and include vocabulary strategies
to define and use the word in class.
- Implement First Year Experience/One Book, One Bakersfield, One Kern across all senior classes
- Institute My Writing Lab Plus/Humanities 207 across 11th and 12 grade levels.