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Product Update: Interactive Skills & Concepts Instruction


Prepare Students for the 21st Century with Interactive Lessons that Strengthen their Critical Literacy Skills

Our team of innovators, creators, and educators has been hard at work the last few months improving the way ThinkCERCA strengthens students’ critical literacy skills. As such, we are excited to introduce Skills & Concepts Instruction lessons to all of our ThinkCERCA Premium users.

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Skills & Concepts Instruction lessons are interactive lessons that are differentiated for grades 3-12 and aligned to College and Career Readiness Standards. Interactive questions are interspersed throughout the lessons, providing scaffolded checks for understanding as well as graded assessments.


Skills & Concepts Instruction Features:

  • Scaffold checks
  • Graded assignments
  • Highlighting, drag and drop, and annotation
  • Dynamic progress bar with instructional purpose
  • Optional guiding hints
  • Rationale for correct answers

Finding and Assigning Skills & Concepts Instruction:

Skills & Concepts Instruction lessons are filterable in the Lesson Library and can be narrowed down by grade level or standard.

These skills lessons can be used as both an introduction to new material or as a platform to practice and sharpen skills that have been previously introduced; they are especially effective when assigned in tandem with Applied Reading & Writing lessons.

Teachers can also use the Skills & Concepts Exemplar lessons to set students up for success on ThinkCERCA Applied lessons. Each exemplar lesson contains an introduction to ThinkCERCA's argumentative rubric and an example CERCA essay.

Explore Skills & Concepts Instruction >>.

Catherine Tierney
Catherine Tierney

As Senior Editor at ThinkCERCA, Catherine brings a variety of experience in classroom teaching, test prep, and content development to her role at ThinkCERCA.

Catherine began her career in education as a Match Corps Urban Education Fellow in Boston, working as a full-time tutor and teaching assistant in a high performing charter school. After completing her fellowship year, she taught science at KIPP WAYS Academy in Atlanta, GA. She also spent two summers teaching high school biology at Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts.

Catherine earned a masters in education from Teachers College at Columbia University. Her research focused on the cognitive underpinnings of teaching and learning. After working as a freelance content developer and editor, she is thrilled to join the team in a full-time capacity.