CRAs for Classroom Use

Subjects:
Cross-disciplinary, English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies
CRA Description:
This assignment asks students to access, evaluate, and make use of credible, appropriate websites and other internet resources for the purpose of targeted research. Using rubrics and guidelines, students will identify, collaboratively discuss, prioritize, and then defend web resources that will support their arguments and meet the criteria for credibility, validity, and reliability.
Subjects:
English Language Arts
CRA Description:
This assignment asks students to listen to, analyze, evaluate, and respond to claims and counterclaims made by the opposing side in a debate. Students will participate in a debate in which they must explain, support, and defend the claims or actions of a literary or political figure. They will practice using rhetorical devices in their arguments and counterarguments.
Subjects:
English Language Arts
CRA Description:
This assignment asks students to explore a process by which criteria can be generated for evaluating a work of art, in this case a film.
Subjects:
Cross-disciplinary, English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies
CRA Description:
This assignment asks students to navigate and use textbooks at a college level. Final Product: Students will write a 2-page analysis of the textbook used in the exercise. They will analyze the textbook’s organization and its methods of presenting information, as well as discuss strategies a reader might use to comprehend and remember material from this text.
Subjects:
English Language Arts
CRA Description:
This assignment will guide the students to become more expert readers by asking them to actively interrogate a text. Students will analyze a passage by breaking it down into its component parts, looking at how each part functions in the overall performance of that text. The goal of this assignment is for good questioning to become common practice in the classroom.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Social Studies, US Government, US History
CRA Description:
This assignment asks students to analyze political cartoons to discern their meaning and to evaluate their use of artistic, literary, and rhetorical techniques.
Subjects:
English Language Arts
CRA Description:
This assignment asks students to identify and analyze the audience, purpose, and message of persuasive texts and to analyze those texts in light of their rhetorical situations.
Subjects:
English Language Arts
CRA Description:
This 3-part unit helps students to understand and practice the complex processes of reading, understanding, analyzing, and writing about speeches addressed to specific audiences at specific times.
Subjects:
English Language Arts
CRA Description:
This 4-part unit helps students to understand and practice the complex processes of reading, understanding, analyzing, assessing, and writing about editorials addressed to specific audiences at specific times.
Subjects:
English Language Arts
CRA Description:
After viewing, listening to, and studying commencement speeches by notable figures, students will write and present their own graduation speeches.
Subjects:
Cross-disciplinary, English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies
CRA Description:
This activity challenges students to think about life after high school: Where do they hope to be? What do they want to be doing? More importantly, what is it going to take to get there, and what will the environment be like once they arrive?
Subjects:
English Language Arts
CRA Description:
This assignment asks students to critically examine the nature of metaphor in language and literature. They will be asked to demonstrate an understanding of how a metaphor works, and to think critically about how metaphorical comparisons are fundamental to thinking, learning, and communicating.
Subjects:
Cross-disciplinary, English Language Arts
CRA Description:
This assignment asks students to predict and confirm meanings of words, reflect upon appropriate contexts in which to use their new words, and construct brief passages in which the words are used appropriately. The assignment assesses and improves students’ ability to infer and confirm meanings of words using context, word parts (roots and affixes), and dictionaries.
Subjects:
English Language Arts
CRA Description:
After reviewing and analyzing letters and other media that offer advice to incoming high school students, students are asked to write a letter to a first-year student at their school. This assignment addresses students' ability to analyze audience in a meaningful way and to identify and probe into an appropriate issue, drawing on and incorporating their academic experiences.