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Doing it Differently: Tips for Teaching Vocabulary

Doing it Differently: Tips for Teaching Vocabulary | Common Core ELA | Scoop.it
Every Monday, my seventh grade English teacher would have us copy a list of 25 words she'd written on the board. We'd then look up the dictionary definitions and copy those down.

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It doesn't have to be drill and kill!

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Karen Larson's curator insight, September 11, 2013 10:11 PM

Great suggestions for teaching vocabulary in all curriculum areas.

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Literacy Design Collaborative | Template Tasks

Literacy Design Collaborative | Template Tasks | Common Core ELA | Scoop.it

"LDC “template tasks” provide fill-in-the-blank shells that teachers use to create powerful assignments. For example, Template Task 2 calls for student analysis that builds an argument:

 

[Insert question] After reading _____ (literature or informational texts), write _________ (essay or substitute) that addresses the question and support your position with evidence from the text(s). L2 Be sure to acknowledge competing views."

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If you have teachers who would be more comfortable with templates, share this link. The Template Task Collection 2 has been revised in July 2013. Easier to read fill-in-the-blank shells, if that's what you're after:)

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Roz Linder's comment, September 14, 2013 7:34 AM
I think this is a great transition piece to get teachers comfortable with crafting assignments.
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Topics in Chronicling America

Topics in Chronicling America | Common Core ELA | Scoop.it
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Quickly search by topic for US history topics, and find primary source newspapers articles. Great resource for collaborative projects between history and language departments.

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Scaling Back to Essentials: Scaffolding Summarization With Fishbone Mapping - ReadWriteThink

Scaling Back to Essentials: Scaffolding Summarization With Fishbone Mapping - ReadWriteThink | Common Core ELA | Scoop.it
Students work in pairs and groups as they complete fishbone maps that highlight main ideas and relevant details from a cause-effect text and then write summaries of content area texts.
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The fishbone template might be especially useful in SAI classes.

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Found Poetry: Retelling History through Poetry - Primary Source Set | Teacher Resources - Library of Congress

Found Poetry: Retelling History through Poetry - Primary Source Set | Teacher Resources - Library of Congress | Common Core ELA | Scoop.it
Create poems using words and phrases selected from primary source texts to retell the historical content. Includes text and images on topics as diverse as Helen Keller, Walt Whitman, women’s suffrage, and the Harlem Renaissance.
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Great lesson using primary sources to create found poetry.  The Library of Congress units now include a dropdown menu to find the CCSS each lesson aligns with.

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Sharrock's curator insight, August 19, 2013 1:55 PM

This is a cool idea. I remember coming across something similar in a textbook.

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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.

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Integrating the Common Core Standards into the Media Center’s Curriculum

Integrating the Common Core Standards into the Media Center’s Curriculum | Common Core ELA | Scoop.it
Common core standards and the school library media center #ccss #commoncore #schools #school #library #librarians #education #edu #educhat #edchat (Common core standards and the school library media center #ccss #commoncore #schools #school #librar...

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Good summary of how we can support classroom curriculum.

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Connie Wise's curator insight, July 26, 2013 6:34 PM

Library support for classroom CCSS

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Recording Readers Theatre: Developing Comprehension and Fluency With Audio Texts - ReadWriteThink

Recording Readers Theatre: Developing Comprehension and Fluency With Audio Texts - ReadWriteThink | Common Core ELA | Scoop.it
Students investigate audio texts of mystery stories, evaluate them in terms of both literary and audio qualities, and create Readers Theatre scripts, which they use to record their own podcasts.
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Around Halloween, I would play the Mercury Theatre broadcast of War of the Worlds.  Students were enthralled.  See the Mercury Theatre site for more radio play broadcasts to use with this lesson: http://www.mercurytheatre.info/

 
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Amy Youngblood's curator insight, July 9, 2013 9:28 PM

Additionally, ReadWriteThink has other great resources.

 

Emily DiGiulio's curator insight, July 12, 2013 9:34 AM

Readers Theater podcasts with ReadWriteThink

 

 

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Middle School Literacy Design Collaborative Resources and Videos

Middle School Literacy Design Collaborative Resources and Videos | Common Core ELA | Scoop.it

Resources for 6-8 grade units with CC alignment.  Great stuff here, created by teachers!


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Resources created by teachers for middle school CC-aligned units.  

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Common Core: Reading, Understanding & Analyzing Complex Texts

Common Core: Reading, Understanding & Analyzing Complex Texts | Common Core ELA | Scoop.it
*ISTE Workshop: Transitioning to the Common Core with Google Apps - Join me! In my previous post "Common Core: What is a 'complex text' anyway?
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The technology component is a critical part of the Common Core as well.  I'm glad to see how seamlessly it's integrated into these lessons.

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Finding Solutions to Food Waste: Persuasion in a Digital World - ReadWriteThink

Using various reading strategies and resources, students explore the issue of food waste. They also create persuasive arguments and blog posts examining this topic.
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Applied math! If I'd been taught this way, I would have realized much earlier that I wasn't a math dunce.  It's cross-curricular lessons like this that make me excited about the Common Core.

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Worth Its Weight: Letter Writing with "The Things They Carried" - ReadWriteThink

Worth Its Weight: Letter Writing with "The Things They Carried" - ReadWriteThink | Common Core ELA | Scoop.it
This lesson uses a letter-writing activity based on Tim O’Brien’s story “The Things They Carried” to build empathy as students examine the weight they symbolically carry in their own lives.
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Common Core in Action: Writing for an Audience

Common Core in Action: Writing for an Audience | Common Core ELA | Scoop.it
What's new in Common Core? When it comes to the writing standards, a heavy emphasis on audience for one thing, and this is very good news. The "audience" for student writing was once the lone teacher
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Quick tips for all grade levels on how to help students recognize and write for an audience.

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40 Things to Do with a Text

40 Things to Do with a Text | Common Core ELA | Scoop.it
This article was written by Dominic Braham and Anthony Gaughan and originally appeared in English Teaching Matters, the English Language Teachers' Associations journal. Before we get started… Wait ...

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Great thinking skills that don't take much time, but help students learn about how many ways there are to look at text.

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Francesc clavera i riera's curator insight, September 22, 2013 11:58 AM

Interessant per al tractament de les llengües a l'aula....

 

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Close Reading Sample Lessons and Assessment Questions

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I love the lesson for Jim Murphy's The Great Fire--and most school libraries will have the book available for students who want to continue reading.  The lesson is self-contained, with all the articles and readings included.

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Write Like Crazy: A Non-Freaked Out Approach to Common Core Writing | Teaching the Core

Write Like Crazy: A Non-Freaked Out Approach to Common Core Writing | Teaching the Core | Common Core ELA | Scoop.it
How do we incorporate simple yet powerful writing activities that will not only prepare our students for college/career, but also help with content acquisition?
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As always, Dave Stuart nails it with his humorous approach and practical suggestions!

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An Argumentative First Day Activity Aligned with W.CCR.1 | Teaching the Core

An Argumentative First Day Activity Aligned with W.CCR.1 | Teaching the Core | Common Core ELA | Scoop.it
Here are my thoughts on an icebreaker that seeks to immediately begin building an argumentative, collaborative culture in my classroom.
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Great start to the year!

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Developing Core Proficiencies Curriculum - Odell Education

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This free curriculum for grades 6-12 provides complete ELA units and tools for teaching close reading, evidence-based claims and critical thinking.  The tools can easily be adapted for other units!

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Teach Informational Texts Alongside The Literature You Love

Teach Informational Texts Alongside The Literature You Love | Common Core ELA | Scoop.it
The Common Core places new emphasis on the importance of reading and analyzing complex nonfiction and informational texts. This has many English teachers feeling like their literature is under attack, but students fall in love with stories.

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Another example of how to incorporate informational text without spending money on "Common Core-aligned" whatnot from publishers!

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Linda Dougherty's curator insight, July 23, 2013 9:55 AM

Good information to share with teachers and librarians.  Did you notice the image - teens being read to from a picture book?!

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Teaching 7th and 8th Graders to Paraphrase - Step 1 | Running on Fumes

Teaching 7th and 8th Graders to Paraphrase - Step 1 | Running on Fumes | Common Core ELA | Scoop.it
The first step in teaching your junior high / middle school students to paraphrase text is to learn what is plagiarism and what is paraphrasing.

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The highlighters make the point! 

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Catalina Oyarzún Albarracín's comment, July 23, 2013 1:51 PM
excellent,thank you.
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How to Teach Structured Academic Controversy

How to Teach Structured Academic Controversy | Common Core ELA | Scoop.it
Build skills in reading, analyzing, listening. Free resources and videos for Common Core close reading / discussion of 15 engaging questions. (RT @edteck: New post on how to teach thoughtful deliberation.
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While the lessons on this site are geared to high school, they can easily be adapted for 8th grade, as they are aligned with US history topics.  

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Amazing set of resources on making the Common Core ELA transition

Amazing set of resources on making the Common Core ELA transition | Common Core ELA | Scoop.it

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Watch teachers discuss strategies for CCSS ELA implementation.

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Cindy Riley Klages's curator insight, June 28, 2013 11:04 AM

Love the vignettes, the roundtable discussions, and what they look like in action!

Emily DiGiulio's curator insight, July 12, 2013 9:41 AM

Common Core resource with video examples and discussions.

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The Skull in the Rock

The Skull in the Rock | Common Core ELA | Scoop.it
From National Geographic Children's Books, find a teacher guide for using the nonfiction book, The Skull in the Rock, in middle school English language arts classrooms.
 
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Useful teacher's guide for a great example of informational text that students will enjoy reading!

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Bringing Web Tools to Gatsby's Party: A Digital Path into a Jazz Age Classic

Bringing Web Tools to Gatsby's Party: A Digital Path into a Jazz Age Classic | Common Core ELA | Scoop.it
"I wasn't actually in love, but I felt a sort of tender curiosity."
-- F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

The new film adaptation of The Great Gatsby starring Leonardo DiCaprio might move teens (Anyone else use Wordle for CCSS?
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Mary Clark's curator insight, May 15, 2013 2:49 PM

Wordle or another word cloud creation tool would be a good start to any book discussion.