Close Reading & Argumentative Writing

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WHAT'S A CERCA?

A CERCA is an evidence-based argument.
CERCA with your students five times per month to grow writing and reading skills.

HOW DO YOU CERCA?

Make a Claim, support it with Evidence, explain your Reasoning, address Counterarguments and adjust for Audience.

WHY CERCA?

Research shows that frequent practice of CERCA improves literacy, increases test scores and builds critical thinking skills.

WHO CAN CERCA?

With ThinkCERCA, 4th to 12th grade students can CERCA in ELA, science and social studies, and math.

WHAT IS THINKCERCA?

A blended learning platform with everything teachers need to grow argumentative writing and close reading skills in the classroom.

THINKCERCA IN YOUR SCHOOL

No more teaching in silos. ThinkCERCA’s schoolwide approach to literacy instruction encourages deeper communication and collaboration across subjects to improve student outcomes.

Personalize learning for all readiness levels
Prepare students for new assessments
Standardize feedback across your school or district

The ThinkCERCA Platform

ACADEMIC ESSAY WRITING

Our scaffolded lessons walk students through the process of using evidence to support their argumentative, informational and narrative writings.

LIBRARY OF LEVELED TEXTS FOR CLOSE READING

Our lesson library includes authentic informational and literary texts from real-world sources and supports 10 different levels of readiness.

ASSESSMENTS AND INSIGHTS

Our standards-aligned assessments and on-demand dashboards help schools and districts personalize instruction and track student growth.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Our professional development workshops and seminars simplify implementation and keep educators up-to-date on blended learning best practices.

500,000 hours

OF CRITICAL THINKING

by students through close reading and academic writing

9.5 hours saved

PER TEACHER PER WEEK

to personalize literacy instruction

350,000

STUDENTS AND TEACHERS

collaborating daily to build career- and college-readiness skills

130

Countries

using ThinkCERCA to create a network of engaged CERCA global citizens

Our Partner Schools

Notable public, private, and charter schools nationwide use ThinkCERCA to support their personalized learning initiatives and prepare students for 21st century learning.

ARGUMENT BUILDING LESSONS & LEVELING ASSESSMENT

Accelerate your students' close reading and academic writing performance with CERCA Starter's 30-minute introductions to standards-aligned literacy concepts and vocabulary.

Get students quickly up-to-speed on the building blocks of critical thinking

Gain baseline measures on students’ reading comprehension skills

Access our library of free standards-aligned CERCA lessons

Literacy Fundamentals

From learning Why We Make Arguments to How to Make Claims, CERCA Starter prepares your students for the higher-level thinking needed to excel at Applied Lessons.

Automated Assessments

Each CERCA Starter lesson ends with a standards-aligned, automated assessment to gauge overall comprehension while preparing students for high-stakes tests.

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Actionable Insights

Designed by experts, these lessons provide educators with useful data to assess students’ reading levels and proactively support future learning.

Our Partners & Recognitions

We have partnered with leading forces in education and are recognized as innovators.

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO GET STARTED

Explore our curated resources to get the most out of ThinkCERCA. Discover case studies, classroom examples, planning tools, and more to help with your school’s personalized literacy initiatives.

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