Teachers at RISE Academy for Adult Achievement began the first quarter of the 2016-2017 school year engaged in professional learning focused on the use of common literacy strategies. This year the school is focused on regularly engaging students in rich and rigorous evidence-based discussion on substantive topics. To support this work, teachers began Thursday's session by exploring common literacy tools - the RISE Annotation Guide, argumentative writing stems, and writing rubrics (argumentative and informational). Participants then then worked with the article "The Myth of the Culture of Poverty" by Paul Gorksi and engaged in two discussion strategies - Save the Last Word and Question Quads. Materials from the session are linked below.