Spark courageous thinking.
One literacy platform.
Writing in every classroom.
A research-backed literacy framework for reading and writing across subjects in grades 3-12.
Teachers gain 1:1 time with students and equip them with a step-by-step approach to thinking critically and reading and writing with purpose. All while supported with a vast instructional library, professionally scored benchmark assessments, and much more.
The CERCA Framework
The CERCA Framework is a scaffolded approach to literacy that helps students develop their critical thinking skills. ThinkCERCA’s expert-designed lessons walk students through the process of analyzing content-rich texts and multimedia to construct cohesive argumentative, informational, or narrative writings.
It starts with an essential question.
Should robots be used to take care of the elderly?
( SAMPLE QUESTION)
Students develop a claim in response to the essential question.
“Robots should be used to take care of the elderly…”
Students look for credible evidence to support their claim.
"There are robots that can lift a person..."
( Sample Evidence )
Students connect the evidence to their claim with reasoning.
"...which means that robots could help if an elderly person fell down."
( Sample Reasoning )
Students consider other points of view and explain why their claim is stronger.
"Some people say that robots should not be used to take care of the elderly because they're expensive."
( Sample Counterargument )
Students consider their audience and use appropriate language while writing their formal argument.
"In conclusion, robots should be used to take care of the elderly."
( Sample Conclusion )
It’s a Life Skill
Effective and cohesive writing is a core skill underpinned by the ability to read and think critically.
Take a moment to consider all the places it matters for our students now—and in the future.
Writing an admissions essay outlining your qualifications.
Pitching the next big idea to a potential client or investor.
Discussing and voting on a community referendum.
Consuming complex information with social responsibility.
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