CONTENT AREA LITERACY STRATEGIES 

FAQs

If you have questions that you would like answered 
and the answer can be shared with the other teachers in our District, 
please send you question to Ann ElmborgCarol Cassells, Bonnie Spaight, or Angie Fogle
and request that the answer be posted on the CAL web site on this FAQ page.  

What is Content Area Literacy?
Why teach Content Area Literacy?
What are the expectations of Content Area Literacy?
Who is expected to teach CAL, and what are the expectations when teaching CAL?
What are the materials to be used for CAL instruction?
What kind of assessments are used for CAL?
What staff development will be offered on Content Area Literacy?
Where can I find online assistance with CAL?
What will be done with the instructional materials previously used in the Reading to Learn classes?
What is RTL?
What are the expectations of Reading to Learn?
Who is expected to teach RTL, and what are the expectations when teaching RTL?
What are the materials to be used in the RTL classes?
Is there a calendar to guide the curriculum and assessments? (Yes) 
6th grade     7th grade
Is there a course outline/syllabus? (Yes) 
6th grade
    7th grade
What kind of assessments are used in RTL?
What is the DRP?
Who takes the DRP, and what are the directions for administering it?
What is PLATO?         More general information about PLATO.
What is the schedule for taking PLATO assessments?
How do I get the PLATO results for a District PLATO assessment?
What are Lexiles?
Where can I find information about fluency?
What can I do to help improve vocabulary?
How can the RTL skills and strategies be applied to reading in everyday life?
Are book reports required in RTL? (No) Appropriate IMC print materials policy
Is research required as part of RTL? (Yes) Appropriate IMC print materials policy
Are newspapers part of RTL? (Yes) Ordering and use information
Are magazines part of RTL? (Yes) Where to locate them and how to use them.
What are some research based best practices in reading?
What are some web sites that could help me as I teach RTL?
What are some recommended books that could help me as I teach RTL?
What are the Iowa Approved Reading Strategies?
Can Kurzweil (software that reads text out loud) be used for the RTL assessments?
What strategies are appropriate for use at each stage of reading?

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