What is ELA Skills Practice and how do I implement it?

Freckle's Adaptive ELA Skills Practice provides students with leveled and scaffolded practice on (6) core informational text skills:

  1. Explicit Information and Inferencing
  2. Main Idea/Summarizing
  3. Analyzing Connections
  4. Word Choice
  5. Text Structure
  6. Point of View

As well as (3) core fictional text skills:

  1. Details & Inferences
  2. Messages & Themes
  3. Word Choice (coming soon)

In the program, students work within one skill at a time. They answer standard-aligned questions that help them practice the target skill. If students demonstrate proficiency on the skill, they continue to build on and develop that skill by answering increasingly difficult questions about texts at higher grade levels. If students struggle on a given skill, they are provided with scaffolded remediation questions that build the sub-skills required to then master the skill.

ELA Skills is available to students in grades 2-8 by default on their dashboard. Premium Edition teachers can turn on this practice mode for students in other grades as well through the student dashboard settings. ELA Skills content covers standards in grades 1-8.

Teachers can either assign student practice through the Teacher Dashboard (ELA > Assign > Targeted ELA Skills Practice) or have students practice specific skills independently via the Student Dashboard (ELA > Skills Practice).

Once students begin practicing they will encounter an introductory video of the skill, followed by 4 skills-aligned passages relating to the anchor standard. If student accuracy is above a certain threshold, students will gain coins and progress through the given domain. As students progress through each domain of ELA Skills Practice, their accomplishments earn them rewards in the form of animated buildings that evolve in complexity as students "build" their ELA skills.

 

Is there a pretest for this product?

No. ELA Skills Practice syncs with each student's reading level within Freckle.

 

Is there reporting for this product?

Yes, standards-aligned whole-class reports can be found in our ELA Class Groups Reports. We are currently working to expand ELA Reports to include individual student skills practice reporting.

 

How does this product compare to the ELA articles?

In ELA Adaptive Skills Practice, students read shorter snippets of text, with the focus being on honing in on and practicing a specific skill. Students only practice one skill at a time as opposed to answering questions about two different skills. In addition, students receive remediation when they are struggling. This comes in the form of questions that get at the sub-skills that help build up to the broader skill.

For example, a 2nd grade student might be working on the skill of being able to determine the main idea of a text. If the student is having trouble mastering this skill, the program will provide students with practice on identifying what a section of a text is talking about. If the student continues to struggle, the program will step back and ask students more simple questions about identifying the topic of a text.

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