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We Are Teachers: Finding High Quality Non-Fiction Texts

We Are Teachers: Finding High Quality Non-Fiction Texts | All Things Common Core | Scoop.it

By now, you probably know that the Common Core State Standards place a big emphasis on kids reading informational text. In fact, the requirements are clear: According to the standards’ key design considerations, by 2014, 50 percent of what fourth graders read—and 70 percent of high school seniors’ reading material—should be high-quality nonfiction.

 

What’s not so clear for many teachers is how to rebalance curriculums and classroom libraries that once favored stories, poems and drama to include nonfiction books that kids want to read, regardless of the new requirements. We’ve seen kids fall in love with Because of Winn-Dixie, Holes and To Kill a Mockingbird—what are their nonfiction counterparts?

 

 
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Kids' 100 Most Popular Books - Making the Common Core Practical

Kids' 100 Most Popular Books - Making the Common Core Practical | All Things Common Core | Scoop.it
What are kids reading today? 4 new reports give details by grade, gender: 100 most popular titles for fiction, nonfiction, and Spanish.

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Jay Roth's curator insight, April 30, 2013 10:02 AM

interesting infographic here too

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Common Core Technological Standards: They Are the Tail, Not the ...

Common Core Technological Standards: They Are the Tail, Not the ... | All Things Common Core | Scoop.it
While it would be an overstatement to say that the two main groups charged with developing tests implementing the Common Core curriculum are, from a technological perspective, in the Dark Ages, it is not an overstatement ...
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Shanahan on Literacy: Writing and Common Core

Shanahan on Literacy: Writing and Common Core | All Things Common Core | Scoop.it
Subject Areas/Keywords: assessments, CCSS, Common Core State Standards, composition, curriculum, elementary, English language learners, literacy, methods, response to intervention, RTI, secondary, struggling writers, ...
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Thinking Tools | Teacher & Student Planners

Thinking Tools | Teacher & Student Planners | All Things Common Core | Scoop.it

These Online Interactive Thinking Strategies and Tools are designed to provide a scaffold that enable students to think with more depth and structure. When using them, ask students to continually reflect on and justify which Habits of Mind best suit how they are thinking.

 

This collection of thinking strategies and tools have been created and inspired from Mick Walsh's experiences using the Thinking Curriculum, CoRT Thinking, Tribes Program and Visible Thinking from Harvard University.

 


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Taking the Long View on Common Core

Taking the Long View on Common Core | All Things Common Core | Scoop.it

Implementing Common Core Standards requires a long view, one that extends out at least a decade or more. Most importantly, it requires increased focus on professional learning among those responsible for implementing the change using collaborative processes that include purposeful planning for student learning; disciplined inquiry; reflective analysis of practice using data; and intentional learning to expand knowledge, skills, practices, and dispositions.


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Ex-Intel CEO Praises Arizona's 'Massive' Educational Transformation

Ex-Intel CEO Praises Arizona's 'Massive' Educational Transformation | All Things Common Core | Scoop.it
Craig Barrett has expressed strong opinions on Arizona's education system.In 2011, Barrett, former chief executive of Intel, told lawmakers and business leaders that Arizona would not be on Intel's list of top 10 choices if his former company was...
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O.C. classrooms to change under Common Core

O.C. classrooms to change under Common Core | All Things Common Core | Scoop.it
News: Look, sound of classrooms to change under Common Core | students, core, common, teachers, california, standards, one, algebra, teacher, new...
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Fiction vs. nonfiction smackdown

Fiction vs. nonfiction smackdown | All Things Common Core | Scoop.it
Everyone hopes new standards will get students out of a reading slump. But the demand for more nonfiction reading is being resisted by English teachers.
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EduCore - Free Tools for Teaching the Common Core funded by Gates via ASCD

EduCore - Free Tools for Teaching the Common Core funded by Gates via ASCD | All Things Common Core | Scoop.it

Funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, ASCD Launches FREE EduCore™ Tool for educators implementing the Common Core State Standards in both mathematics and literacy.

 

The EduCore tool is a repository of evidence-based strategies, videos, and supporting documents that help educators transition to the Common Core standards


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Beth Panitz, Ed.D.'s comment, September 17, 2012 11:49 AM
This website has resources for middle and high school level ELA an Math.
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How Common Core Standards Mesh With Education Technology

How Common Core Standards Mesh With Education Technology | All Things Common Core | Scoop.it
If you're a teacher in the US, you've surely heard of the Common Core Standards, the national academic standards for K-12 schools.

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Teachers Use NY Times With Common Core and Reading Informational Text

Teachers Use NY Times With Common Core and  Reading Informational Text | All Things Common Core | Scoop.it

"We're collaborating with two New Jersey teachers and their freshman classes to bring you three quick, engaging tasks each week that match the demands of the Common Core Standards with the content of that week's New York Times."

 

"Beginning Sept. 21, each Friday you’ll find three quick, classroom-tested tasks that ask students to do Common Core-focused work with that week’s Times."


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5 Top Resources for Aligning Your Social Studies Curricula to the ...

5 Top Resources for Aligning Your Social Studies Curricula to the ... | All Things Common Core | Scoop.it
In social studies, primary source document analysis goes hand in hand with the 9-12 Common Core reading and writing standards. Here are five top resources to align your curricula to the Common Core with student driven ...
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Why We Need Common Standards and Better Tests

Why We Need Common Standards and Better Tests | All Things Common Core | Scoop.it
It's easy to criticize tests but they represent this country's commitment to improving education for all students -- particularly the least well served. The Common Core is a big step forward and so are the tests that come with it.
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Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners: Tech Connections: Teach Above the Line with ThingLink

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners: Tech Connections: Teach Above the Line with ThingLink | All Things Common Core | Scoop.it

For as long as I can remember I have been an advocate for helping teachers understand the stages of technology integration in order to effectively use tech as a tool for learning.

I've adopted a few different tech integration models over the years, discussed the ideas with administrators for use as a starting point for tech integration, and kept the ideas front of mind as I invent and discover new ways for using technology as a tool for learning.  
  
With increasing expectations to implement the CCSS, I decided to create samples of student projects that weave digital tools into the Common Core to demonstrate the flexibility of ThingLink as an effective and efficient tool for constructing knowledge. To create the samples, I had to dig deeper into the Common Core myself and embrace it. 


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Becky Roehrs's curator insight, May 16, 2013 5:49 PM

I clicked on the link for the author's Thinglink Toolkit, (   http://thinglinktoolkit.wikispaces.com/Home ) where she's created a wiki about how to use Thinglink. Her video on the main page of the Toolkit guided you through creating an infographic with links to videos, mentormobs, and web sites. You can add it to a web page or blog or send students/colleagues a link to the infographic. Looks intuitive with excellent results!

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Corralling Support for a Common Core - Huffington Post (blog)

Corralling Support for a Common Core - Huffington Post (blog) | All Things Common Core | Scoop.it
Corralling Support for a Common Core
Huffington Post (blog)
If the naysayers don't kill the movement first, the effort to mold a new curriculum for the states offers tremendous opportunities to transform education.
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Common Core: Implications of Collaboration « InterACT

Common Core: Implications of Collaboration « InterACT | All Things Common Core | Scoop.it
It is also alarming to see the various publishers bombarding teachers with their Common Core curriculum fixes (a clear reminder of NCLB). Our district has instructed to sites to not commit any money to anything of the sort.
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Let’s Meet Common Core Standards with Great Nonfiction | Children’s Literacy Foundation

Let’s Meet Common Core Standards with Great Nonfiction | Children’s Literacy Foundation | All Things Common Core | Scoop.it

If students will be reading more nonfiction in the near future – and it looks like they will be – it’s certain that educators will have to find high-quality, intelligent sources of text that will excite students, not wear them out. Let’s hope more teachers, parents, and administrators engage with the question of what should students read with the insight and inquiry of Mosle’s own example of well-written, thought-provoking, and personal nonfiction.


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Meeting the Common Core – Argumentative Writing

Meeting the Common Core – Argumentative Writing | All Things Common Core | Scoop.it

Making the distinction between argumentative and persuasive writing.


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High School Students Weigh in on Common Core Debate

High School Students Weigh in on Common Core Debate | All Things Common Core | Scoop.it
One of my newest concerns is the way companies, organizations, and academics are busy marketing themselves as experts on common core so they can get paid by school districts for staff development workshops and products.
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Quick Guide to the Common Core: Key Common Core Expectations Explained for Mathematics

Quick Guide to the Common Core: Key Common Core Expectations Explained for Mathematics | All Things Common Core | Scoop.it
Tom Vander Ark is an education advocate, advisor, and author of Getting Smart: How Personal Digital Learning is Changing the World. Tom is Founder and Executive Editor of Getting Smart and a partner in Learn Capital.
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2010 Teacher of the Year Offers Fascinating Take on the CCSS

2010 Teacher of the Year Offers Fascinating Take on the CCSS | All Things Common Core | Scoop.it

Sarah Brown Wessling shares her top 10 "Aha" moment in working with the Common Core.  What was most uniquely fascinating was the way common language and goals drove systematic change.

 

Further she states, "It’s not the standards themselves that are dangerous, it’s the way in which they may get misinterpreted or implemented in checkbox kinds of ways that could create unintended consequences."


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5 Things Every Teacher Should be Doing to Meet the Common Core State Standards > Eye On Education

5 Things Every Teacher Should be Doing to Meet the Common Core State Standards > Eye On Education | All Things Common Core | Scoop.it
The following blog post was written by Eye On Education's Senior Editor, Lauren Davis.
At the NCTE convention last month, everyone was buzzing about...

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Common Core Connections: Unpacking Academic Vocabulary

Common Core Connections: Unpacking Academic Vocabulary | All Things Common Core | Scoop.it

Are you wondering where to begin to adopt the Common Core Vocabulary Standards? While there are many specific vocabulary standards clearly listed in the K-12 Language strand, it's helpful and important to look at Academic Vocabulary from the big picture view known as Shift 6. 

 

Using educational technology and being intentional with your students about what they are learning and why they are learning offers many, many opportuntities for students to work and collaborate using Tier 2 and 3 vocabulary.


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Six Ways to Get Families on Board with the Common Core

Six Ways to Get Families on Board with the Common Core | All Things Common Core | Scoop.it

As your school plans its transition to the Common Core, it’s important to communicate key changes to students’ families. Included in this article are six ideas for getting Common Core buy-in from your entire school community - especially families.


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