Literacy Tasks

Informative Literacy Tasks, Argumentative Literacy Tasks and Constructed Responses

Defined STEM's literacy tasks and constructed responses are designed for students in grades 3-12 and have been created using templates from the Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC) and the future PARCC and Smarter Balanced Assessments. The literacy tasks are developed to align with the Common Core English Language Arts Standards and are meant to promote high-quality student assignments that develop reading, writing, and thinking skills in the context of learning science, history, English, social studies, and other subjects. Informational and argumentative literacy tasks are provided aligned with career based, real-world videos and performance tasks. Each literacy task provides the student with an overview of the content, guiding questions closely aligned with research articles, a language prompt, tier three vocabulary, and a rubric aligned with the Common Core English Language Arts Standards. The literacy tasks present the students with a "real-world" situation that encourages their writing through either informational or argumentative products. Constructed responses include a stimulus, prompts and rubric, as well as state specific standards that the constructed response aligns to. Constructed responses are also tied to performance tasks and real-world videos.

Through the Defined STEM Literacy Task Editor a teacher can edit the literacy task, remove or add research articles based upon reading level and for the purpose of differentiation. Teachers have the ability to download the literacy task rubric, which makes it very simple to edit the rubric to their specifications.

Here is a sample Informative Literacy Task from the Defined STEM library called: "Wind Energy".

Here is a sample Argumentative Literacy Task from the Defined STEM library called: "Understanding Artificial Joints and the Associated Risks".

Here is a link for more information about the Defined STEM Constructed Response.

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