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CHICAGO (October 2015) — ThinkCERCA, the personalized literacy platform for close reading and argumentative writing across subjects, announced a new addition to its platform: CERCA Starter. These free, differentiated lessons for grades four through 12 help teachers assess students’ current reading levels while introducing them to standards-aligned literacy concepts and vocabulary.
From teaching students why we make arguments to how to back up claims with evidence, CERCA Starter walks students through the platform’s research-based literacy framework and instills in them important background knowledge for future literacy comprehension and mastery. In just nine sessions, teachers are able to equip students with the necessary background knowledge to excel at building arguments and thinking critically across subjects throughout the year. The ninth session is an applied writing lesson, giving teachers a baseline score for each student’s individual literacy level.
With this information, teachers aren’t just able to help students acquire appropriate background knowledge: they gain the information necessary to help them place students at a reading level that will challenge them appropriately. With each CERCA Starter lesson, educators have access to real-time data on how their students are performing on key literacy skills and concepts. A writing component also gives teachers each student’s baseline writing score.
“CERCA Starter was designed to help teachers kickstart the year by introducing students to critical thinking and literacy skills,” said Eileen Murphy Buckley, CEO of ThinkCERCA. “With CERCA Starter, teachers have the tools to build up students’ foundational knowledge and maximize learning throughout the rest of the school year.”
CERCA Starter is available both online and in a paper-based formats.
ThinkCERCA’s personalized literacy platform helps teachers grow students’ critical reading and writing powers. With more than 350,000 students and teachers using its platform in all 50 states and 130 countries, the company has partnered with prominent leaders in education, including Follett Corporation, and has been featured by The Atlantic, Education Week and EdSurge. In July 2013, ThinkCERCA was the recipient of a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Literacy Courseware Challenge grant, and in December 2012, graduated from the inaugural class of Impact Engine’s social impact accelerator. To learn more, please visit www.ThinkCERCA.com.