Teacher Review for ThinkCERCA

Fabulous tool that uses collaborative learning to teach students successful argumentative writing

Christy M.
Literacy Coordinator
Hanson Park Elementary School
Chicago, United States
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My Subjects English Language Arts, English-Language Learning
My Rating
Learning Scores
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time More than 15 minutes
Great for Knowledge gain
Small group
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I used it with 5th grade students in a largely EL population. The students really enjoyed the process of CERCA: reading an article, finding a claim and supporting their claim. The 5th graders struggled with the counter claim, but the way the CERCA program steps them through their arguments each time they worked on a new piece, every student grew in their knowledge.
My Take
This produce is excellent for immediate feedback. There are comprehension quizzes that score right away so teachers can see what part of the reading students did/did not understand. Grading online is easy and provides a lot of insight into the students' minds because all their notes and highlights are available fore the teacher to see. This makes providing feedback very personal and targeted to individual students needs. It is also easy to adjust reading levels within topic areas so students who are may be at a lower or higher level can work at their independent reading level.