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Newsela | Nonfiction Literacy and Current Events

Newsela | Nonfiction Literacy and Current Events | Common Core ELA | Scoop.it
Unlimited access to hundreds of leveled news articles and Common Core–aligned quizzes, with new articles every day.
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Excellent resource for articles for your classroom!  Students can adjust their reading level by lexile, which allows you to assign one article, differentiate instruction, and not stigmatize a student with a lower reading level! You can create a class binder, give students an access code, and track the quizzes they take.  Or assign a certain number of articles and let students choose their own articles on topics that interest them.  I think this is the best resource for informational text I've seen in 2013!

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Amy Stoeckly's curator insight, October 21, 2013 3:22 PM

AMAZING website-You have to check this one out!  Something for everyone here: Science, current events on all kinds of topics, social studies, culture and more!  What's more to love: you can adjust the lexile (reading level) , some come with worksheets or assessments, and you can save these in your teacher binder. With this FREE account you can email these articles out to students to read as homework and have them come to class ready to discuss.

Hands on information, lessons plans, creative ideas for implementing CCSS/ELA.
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In Search of Shakespeare . Comparing Film Adaptations | PBS

In Search of Shakespeare . Comparing Film Adaptations | PBS | Common Core ELA | Scoop.it

Addresses CCSS ELA RL 11-12.7--analyzing multiple interpretations of a story, drama, poem.

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Primary Source Sets | Teacher Resources - Library of Congress

Primary Source Sets | Teacher Resources - Library of Congress | Common Core ELA | Scoop.it
Sets of primary sources on baseball, Jamestown, Jim Crow laws, the Civil War, immigration, Spanish exploration, and the Dust Bowl from the Library of Congress including photos, maps, manuscripts, audio files, films, sheet music, and cartoons.
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So many great primary source sets here!  I already saw 5 that my 8th grade ELA and history teachers could use.  

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Teach Students to Build Their Own Prior Knowledge

Teach Students to Build Their Own Prior Knowledge | Common Core ELA | Scoop.it
Teachers frustrated by Common Core directions to ignore prior knowledge when teaching text analysis can show students how to do it themselves, says Laura Robb.
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If nothing else, modeling this may help students who are frustrated by reading material they don't understand. 

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Common Core in Action: Teaching Online Ethics

Common Core in Action: Teaching Online Ethics | Common Core ELA | Scoop.it
In an earlier post, I wrote about both the Common Core Standards and what I call the "common sense" standards. Teaching ethical academic behavior online seems to hit both. When I talk about ethical academic behavior, I'm not talking about manners so much as giving credit where credit is due. After all, just because the kids can access information within two clicks doesn't give them the right to claim information as their own. 
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Once again, Heather shares a lesson that would be easy to implement  and should have a lasting impact on students.

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200 Prompts for Argumentative Writing

200 Prompts for Argumentative Writing | Common Core ELA | Scoop.it
For a coming student contest in which teenagers are invited to write on an issue they care about, we have gathered a list of 200 writing prompts on a wide range of issues.
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I love these prompts! Plenty of topics to grab  a student's interest. 

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Teaching News Writing to Teach History Writing

Teaching News Writing to Teach History Writing | Common Core ELA | Scoop.it
When I was a student, nothing helped me become more skilled at writing history than learning about journalism -- news reporting, in particular. I don't mean to undervalue my fabulous teachers in high
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This lesson would work well in MS/HS classes.  

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News Literacy: Critical-Thinking Skills for the 21st Century

News Literacy: Critical-Thinking Skills for the 21st Century | Common Core ELA | Scoop.it

"News literacy education has the potential to engage students and ignite their critical thinking. More importantly, it can empower them to make better-informed choices in their lives as they move beyond the classroom and into the world."

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Easy to implement examples that support Common Core (and don't require any of those dreary "Commn Core-aligned" materials that too many school districts are buying!)

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Mary Clark's curator insight, February 4, 6:18 PM

Easy to implement examples that support critical thinking and media literacy, both essential in the Common Core (and life!)

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О критическом мышлении

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The Power Of Interest « Annie Murphy Paul

The Power Of Interest « Annie Murphy Paul | Common Core ELA | Scoop.it

"If there is just one message I could share with parents, educators, and managers, it would be about the transformative power of interest."

 
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How would you use this information to transform your teaching?

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Learning to Think: A Foundation for Analysis

Learning to Think: A Foundation for Analysis | Common Core ELA | Scoop.it
Teaching students how to think and analyze are important goals of today's teacher. See how one high school teacher uses a two day lesson to get students to analyze texts and develop more critical ways of thinking.

Via Tracee Orman
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This video would be great for professional development. It's short enough to share during an hour long PD session, leaving time to discuss and create ideas for implementing in the classroom.  

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Tracee Orman's curator insight, August 11, 2013 2:35 PM

Shared from J. Thomas Son (https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/112943872543002560084/stream/e150876e-4abf-49f6-8bb7-a63b6a149617), here's a great critical-thinking exercise.

Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's curator insight, January 9, 9:55 AM

So many good videos on this website. This lesson reminded me of one I typcially taught as my students moved into analytic literary research. Like Wessling, I would work with students to generate a list of all the aspects within a piece of literature that one could analyze throughout the text. And the, I would ask them to choose two or three and explore not only how they found the aspects interacting, but what literary critics before them said about the text's development in those areas.

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Helping Students Read Closely: When to Notice & Note

Helping Students Read Closely: When to Notice & Note | Common Core ELA | Scoop.it
Close reading is one of the buzz words that is being emphasized with the Common Core Learning Standards. By close reading I am interpreting as the reading, rereading, and analysis of text for the p...

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Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's curator insight, January 6, 6:56 PM

I am a longtime fan of Kylene Beers and Bob Probst. This blog gives a quick rundown of the basic tenets of their highly popular book, Notice and Note and shares an instructional activity. You'll want to go out and buy the book!

Dr. Angela C Gordon's curator insight, January 24, 2:40 PM

Close reading using Six Signposts! Great strategy!!

Linda Burke Dooling's curator insight, January 26, 4:27 PM

Students need to develop the skills to notice/note what is important -- in literature and in non-fiction -- by themselves. This is a tool that can help learn how to do this and also to practice doing it.

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Reading strategies: Differences between summarizing and synthesizing

Reading strategies: Differences between summarizing and synthesizing | Common Core ELA | Scoop.it
In today's post I'm sharing information I gave to my students about the differences between summarizing and synthesizing information in terms of reading strategies and research.
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I think this is a key Common Core shift that needs to be modeled for students. This article gives a straight forward summary.

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Projects to Engage Middle School Readers

Projects to Engage Middle School Readers | Common Core ELA | Scoop.it
It's my fault. I'll admit it. During my eight years in the classroom, I ruined at least two amazing literary works by assigning horrifically dull reading projects. My only hope is that those middle s
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I love these ideas! I almost want to skip another week of vacation so I can share them with teachers right now!

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Tackling Informational Text:You Want Me to Read What?!

Tackling Informational Text:You Want Me to Read What?! | Common Core ELA | Scoop.it

"Arguments against the wide use of informational text with students lack an evidentiary foundation and ignore the reading demands that students will face in college and the workplace. The argument for informational texts is not that students should read more information and less literature but that they surely should read more of both (Jago, 2013). Righting the current imbalance will simply require increases in the reading of information."

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This makes me think of all those 1st and 2nd grade boys who wanted to check out stacks of nonfiction, only to be told they had to start reading chapter books.  Sweet redemption for them, if they haven't already lost all enthusiasm for reading.  Key takeaway--read, then read more!

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Close Reading Resources: The What, Why and How | MiddleWeb

Close Reading Resources: The What, Why and How | MiddleWeb | Common Core ELA | Scoop.it
Educators are responding to the close reading mandate with strategies that help students better understand complex texts. Our resource roundup has the links.
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Loads of resources here to share with teachers!

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Turning documents into conversations

Turning documents into conversations | Common Core ELA | Scoop.it

NowComment is fast, powerful, and feature-rich: you can sort comments, skim summaries, create assignments, hide comments, reply privately, and much more.


Via Nik Peachey
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While much of this can be done in Google docs, there are several features which can extend the conversation.  Teachers do need to share documents via email.  

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José Antonio Gutiérrez Flores's curator insight, April 3, 3:50 AM

Una excelente herramienta para usar en la flipped classroom.

Mika Auramo's curator insight, April 3, 2:23 PM

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Thoreauback's curator insight, April 9, 1:14 PM

WOW! I use freewrites in my face-to-face class because I don't believe a person can write without thinking. Yet, the document students are writing about is always distinct from the free write. In LMS discussion boards the situation is the same.

 

Do you remember how annotations use to appear in the margins of really good books? This is the same. The two-pane interface puts the document right in front of the student and lets them attach their comments to specific paragraphs, pictures or videos.  How perfect is that?

 

I want to try this for a quarter.

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Common Core in Action: 10 Visual Literacy Strategies

Common Core in Action: 10 Visual Literacy Strategies | Common Core ELA | Scoop.it
Do you wish your students could better understand and critique the images that saturate their waking life? That's the purpose of visual literacy (VL), to explicitly teach a collection of competencies
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This is what I was aiming at with my lesson plan for using primary source images.  Here's a link to that lesson.  You'd need to log in to see the Common Core Standards it addresses, as well as the graphic organizers and rubrics:  http://aasl.jesandco.org/content/picturing-historyanalyzing-and-researching-primary-source-images

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10 Strategies To Reach The 21st Century Reader -

10 Strategies To Reach The 21st Century Reader - | Common Core ELA | Scoop.it

"Like thinking, reading in the 21st century is different than in centuries past, endlessly linked in an increasingly visible web of physical and digital media forms.

So in this context of media abundance, what does the modern, 21st century look like? How can we appeal to their interests?"

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So much to ponder here! Ignore Terry's advice about skipping to the bottom of the article for the strategies, and take the time to read the article itself.  And the strategies are great--what I'm thinking of when I envision Common Core-aligned assignments!

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What's in a Word? On Vocabulary Instruction

What's in a Word? On Vocabulary Instruction | Common Core ELA | Scoop.it
What’s In a Word? On Vocabulary Instruction by Kathleen Stern As a middle school reading teacher, I constantly find myself thinking, “If my students knew the meaning of more words, they would be be...
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Concrete examples for middle school teachers.

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Explore Lessons | LearnZillion

Explore Lessons | LearnZillion | Common Core ELA | Scoop.it
Explore math and ELA video lessons and resources for grades 2-12. Search by Common Core domain, topic, or grade. Includes Additional Practice and Director's Commentary videos.
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There are so many great lessons here. I'd be bored as a student if a teacher relied too heavily on these, but  could see a teacher embedding these on her website for students to review or to cover material they may have missed in class, or haven't mastered.  

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Skills Practice | Using Storyboards to Inspire Close Reading - NYTimes.com

Skills Practice | Using Storyboards to Inspire Close Reading - NYTimes.com | Common Core ELA | Scoop.it
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This is also a great strategy to use with ELL students.

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Mary Clark's curator insight, January 27, 1:05 PM

Great strategy to use with ELL students, too!  

Mark Gillingham's curator insight, January 29, 5:30 PM

Tap into more skills that students already have through collaboration and mixed media. 

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Common Core & Ed Tech: Infusing Technology into Literature Circles

Common Core & Ed Tech: Infusing Technology into Literature Circles | Common Core ELA | Scoop.it

The ‘jobs’ that drive the literature circle have not changed much over the years, but the means of accomplishing those jobs has.  I sat in on Tiffani Brown’s presentation on Literature Circles at the CUE Conference.  She has infused different web-based applications into the jobs, making them more fun and engaging for the students.  Here are some of her suggestions:

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Mary Clark's curator insight, January 22, 12:11 PM

Simple ways to update your lit circles.

Dr. Angela C Gordon's curator insight, January 24, 2:35 PM

Infusing technology into Lit Circles!

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Learners Should Be Developing Their Own Essential Questions

Learners Should Be Developing Their Own Essential Questions | Common Core ELA | Scoop.it

"Being good at asking questions is the art of identifying those gaps, sorting them, and figuring out how to fill them. Considered that way, it is a strange skill: “the ability to organize your thinking around something you know nothing about,” said Rothstein."


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A great summary of why questioning still matters.  We've been talking about metacognition a lot this year in the library.  Learning how to develop questions is a large part of learning how you learn and think.

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Begoña Iturgaitz's curator insight, September 29, 2013 5:45 PM

Still thinking about a MUST at any classroom?

Patrice Bucci's curator insight, September 29, 2013 7:00 PM

So true... I cringe when I am in classrooms with the packaged program "essential question" of the week on the board...and very often those "essential questions" lack cognitive clarity for the students

Stacey Jackowski's curator insight, February 19, 8:20 PM

This quote is so true.  Learning how to ask essential questions is a skill that we can carry with us for the rest of our lives and facilitates a lifetime of learning. 

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No Nonsense Non-fiction: Tips for incorporating non-fiction into the ELA curriculum

No Nonsense Non-fiction: Tips for incorporating non-fiction into the ELA curriculum | Common Core ELA | Scoop.it

Many school districts are going through a painstaking process of writing new curricula to meet the Common Core State Standards. One of the biggest changes for English language arts teachers working to refine and update curricula is the need to incorporate larger amounts of nonfiction texts. As ELA teachers, we are experts in teaching literature — but nonfiction? Having recently gone through the process of writing a new middle-school ELA curriculum, I fully understand this challenge. Below are some of the ways our middle school ELA teachers worked to more organically integrate nonfiction texts into our teaching.


Via Deb Gardner
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Great examples of how to painlessly add informational text to your teaching.

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Deb Gardner's curator insight, January 8, 6:10 AM

Keep in mind the expectation to increase non-fiction texts (and more complex texts) is not only in the ELA class, but other subjects as well. 

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Creating Interactive Choose Your Own (Google) Adventure Stories

Creating Interactive Choose Your Own (Google) Adventure Stories | Common Core ELA | Scoop.it
A fond childhood memory of mine was going to the library once a week to check out some of my favorite types of books - the Choose Your Own Adventure series. They were created by Edward Packard and ...
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I think creating these stories would help students identify the main idea of a story and understand the importance of plot, all while having a great deal of fun.  Win for everyone!

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Alphablocks: 26 Strategies For Always-On Learning

Alphablocks: 26 Strategies For Always-On Learning | Common Core ELA | Scoop.it
Alphablocks: 26 Strategies For Always-On Learning Many learning strategies come naturally. Stopping when you’re confused. Asking questions. Clarifying your understanding. Creating analogies (Oh, so it’s like when…) or paraphrasing.

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I think the infographic could just as easily be titled Improve Your Teaching from A to Z!

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Visuals and Reading

Visuals and Reading | Common Core ELA | Scoop.it
Over the last few years in my seventh grade reading class, I’ve asked students to do more visual analysis and creation. This has nothing to do with the fact that my twin sister is a talented artist...
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Hands on insights and examples for helping students analyze and create visuals.  Such an important part of criticial thinking!

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Mary Clark's curator insight, January 15, 9:31 AM

Visual literacy is a key factor in developing critical thinking skills. Lots of great examples here.