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For the signature assignment, you will complete three tasks:


  1. A Critical Analysis of a Childrens Text (750 – 1000 words)
    1. Provide a summary of the text. (200 300 words)
    2. Provide an analysis of the text. (500-750)
      1. Examine layers of complexity that include both quantitative and qualitative features, such as content, theme, genre (text organization), syntax (word order, sentence structure), vocabulary, and Lexile score.
      2. Discuss the features of the text (number of chapters/pages, visuals, glossaries, chapters, and any other relevant features or layout).
  • Address critical aspects of the text, such as what social groups are highlighted or absent, and what perspectives the text offers.
  1. Focus on a text from the genre study.


  1. TwoLiteracy FocusedLesson Plans
    1. Design twoliteracy lesson plans.
      1. One lesson plan focused on writing.
      2. One lesson plan focused on reading.
    2. Focus each plan around the text analyzed in the critical analysis.
    3. Each plan should address one standard from the New Jersey Learning Standards for English Language Arts.
    4. Each plan should have one student-centered objective that is aligned to the standard.
    5. Address the plan to a small group of students.
    6. Each plan should have a central focus.
    7. Each should address one language demand such as language function, vocabulary, discourse, or syntax.
      1. Language functionis the purpose of the language task in the lesson plan. Such as the student needs to describe, explain, speak, argue, write, compare and contrast, recount, negate, justify, or perform.
      2. Vocabularyis the set of new words related to the tasks involved in the lesson. These may vary widely but could include content-specific words, such as climate or precipitation, or words related to the reading of a picture book or novel, such as perspective, character, event, plot, or conclusion.
  • Discourseis how people must talk or write in a certain genre of writing or speech. For example, the student may write a persuasive letter to the newspaper, create a class magazine, or write a poem for a community event while also analyzing how to do these appropriately.
  1. Syntaxis the structure of language. For example, this may include the students focus on writing a simple or complex sentence, a paragraph, dialogue, or using sequencing words.
  1. Each plan should have detailed steps in the instructional tasks, following the Gradual Release of Responsibility:
    1. Focus Lesson
    2. Guided Instruction
  • Collaborative Work
  1. Independent Work
  1. Address howtheobjective will be assessed.


  1. Multi-Modal Narrative of Creating the Literature Environment
    1. Narrate how you will create a literate environment for this classroom.
    2. Address a planfor creating an equitable literacy classroom, specifically noting children who are:
      1. Emergent bilinguals
      2. From working class families
  • Racially diverse (Non-White)
  1. Include imagesthat demonstrate what this classroom would look like.