ELA Mini Lessons
Integrating English Language Arts (ELA) into career and technical
education (CTE) programs enhances the ELA concepts that are embedded in CTE
content. It is a process that provides the opportunity for ELA and CTE
teachers to work together to identify where ELA intersects with CTE concepts
and applications. Students benefit from this team process by having ELA
concepts taught in the same context in the ELA classroom and also the CTE
program. Research shows that this model has a significant positive impact on
student learning in English with no loss to career and technical area
These “mini-lessons” have been designed to teach the eligible content items.
The mini-lesson plans demonstrate what the eligible content means and how a ELA
teacher might explain the concept to students. These mini-lesson plans are
generic across any career and technical program.
T-Charts: T-charts are being developed to “bridge the gap” between CTE and ELA, and can be used by both English and CTE teachers. This resource will consist of three components: a T-chart, a script, practice problems, and vocabulary associated with the concept. Each T-chart will demonstrate how a CTE teacher delivers the concept covered by the PA Core Reading or Writing Standard, and how an English teacher instructs the same concept. The script that accompanies the T-chart will assist the teacher in bridging the gap by comparing similarities and differences between the two approaches and identifying common mistakes made by students. The practice problems are set up so that three problems are in context, three are generic applications, and three are in plain Reading or Writing language.