Each studio culminates in a performance-based assessment or “Performance Task” that gives students the opportunity to demonstrate evidence of their new knowledge and skills. Check out these student-facing guides designed to help students build and practice key learning skills and strategies, developed in collaboration with reDesign.
Learning Activity Guides and Templates
Learning activities are purposeful tools that help students process and organize new information, practice new skills, and apply learning strategies. Check out our bank of learning activity guides and templates, developed in collaboration with reDesign.
Student-facing Studio Guides
Student-facing “Studio Guides” support students as they engage in a studio. Studio Guides help students identify where they are in the learning cycle, choose activities based on their needs and interests, and complete scaffolded “formative tasks” that help them build toward the culminating performance task. Check out our exemplar studio guides.
Description Previewing a text allows you to find the important clues that authors use to communicate meaning to their readers. It also help you zero in on where exactly you can find the information you need in a book, chapter, or article. When you spend a few minutes previewing a text, you’ll [...]
Description An I-Search is a way for you to begin the process of researching and writing about a topic that is of personal interest to you. As you complete this organizers, you’ll think about your questions and how you can find the information you need to answer them. Author: Created [...]
Description The tools in this guide will help you to earn ratings for all of the skills in the competency ELA.4 Writing Informational Texts. Read through the skills and indicators on the continuum for ELA.4 Writing Informational Texts so you understand how you will be rated for this task. Author: [...]
Description You hear it all the time: You will never become “this” or “that” because that is not who you were meant to be. But the question that often goes unanswered is how much of who you are actually is in your DNA? How much of what you do is from [...]
Description Working with your peers and/or studio facilitator, complete the table below. The goal of this activity is to identify what we already know about the topic so that we can build upon it. After you complete the chart, identify what you think are your most important steps for answering your new [...]
Description Before teachers build their entire studio guide, it's important for them to get peer feedback. The studio map is designed to be completed in a workshop setting. Once a teacher's initial thoughts are in the template, they would present to their peers and get feedback. Authors: Sandra Moumoutjis and [...]
Description Note taking is an important skill for recording recording information--and your response to that information--for later review. When you take notes, you actively process information as you read, listen, or watch. You make meaning as you ask questions, jot down reactions, and summarize. Author: Created by reDesign LLC in [...]
Description The tools in this guide will help you to earn ratings for all of the skills in the competency ELA.7 Conducting Research. Read through the skills and indicators on the continuum for ELA.7 Conducting Research so you understand how you will be rated for this task. Author: Jessica Thacher [...]
Description Summarizing is an important skill for analyzing information and recording it for later review. When you summarize, you actively process information as you read, listen, or watch. You make meaning of it as you distinguish between main ideas and details, and as you restate the source in your own words. [...]