COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 138

June 6, 2008

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Middle School Reading and Writing Modules in Support of Project Graduation

 

The Virginia Department of Education is pleased to announce the addition of the Middle School Reading Modules in Support of Project Graduation and Middle School Writing Modules in Support of Project Graduation to the resources available for middle school English teachers.

 

The modules, aligned to the 2002 English Standards of Learning, support tested reading and writing standards. These Web-based resources will provide teachers with more than 140 lesson plans to enhance the teaching of reading and writing. Writing lessons focus on using the three-domain rubric, setting up and using writing portfolios, and revising and editing lessons to encourage the development of a strong essay. The reading lessons support the teaching of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. These resources are not a complete curriculum and are neither required nor prescriptive, but they can be valuable instructional tools. The modules are available at the following link:

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/VDOE/Instruction/Reading/mreading.html#instructional.

 

For additional information, please contact Karen Koory, middle school English specialist, Office of Middle and High School Instruction, by e-mail at Karen.Koory@doe.virginia.gov or by telephone at (804) 371-2588.

 

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