RALLI is designed to provide teachers with the tools and skills necessary to analyze the academic language and literacy demands of complex literary and informational texts and materials. RALLI supports teachers in designing effective instruction to help their students make meaning from complex grade-level text, whether read aloud to them or read by them with instructional support, and to use evidence from the text to demonstrate their comprehension. Lesson planning includes both content and language objectives and follows a general sequence for before, during, and after reading.
In order to meet the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts, one of the key requirements (Anchor Standard #10) is that all students must be able to comprehend texts of steadily increasing complexity as they progress through school.
In order to meet the academic literacy development needs for all students, teachers must support their students in learning how to effectively use text to learn. While there are many sources for learning, text, in all its forms, is indispensable for constructing knowledge and 21st century literacy skills.
The Literacy Framework below is a fundamental component of RALLI. It helps teachers adopt a diagnostic stance in which they informally assess the different factors that affect overall reading ability. This framework is the foundation for effectively differentiating language and literacy instruction in any content area, which will ultimately help students meet the demands of reading complex text.
The Common Core State Standards require an integrated, interdisciplinary model of literacy in which the instruction of reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language is embedded in content area instruction. Extensive research establishes the need for college and career ready students to be proficient in reading complex informational text independently in a variety of content areas.
RALLI stresses the importance of improving content area language and literacy instruction for all students in every content area. RALLI offers practical, research-based routines to help teachers make their challenging instructional materials accessible, relevant, and comprehensible. RALLI provides a comprehensive approach that supports teachers in successfully implementing the Common Core State Standards. The end goal is for students to learn to comprehend complex texts across a range of types and disciplines in order to build strong content knowledge.
"When my students first saw the SBAC assessment they said, "This is just like a RALLI task". They were better able to read through the long passages and their written responses were much longer than on past written exams because I have been providing RALLI lessons the past 6 months."
- 6th grade teacher, Salinas