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Tales of a 6th Grade Classroom: CCSS Aligned Lessons

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Lindsey Fuller generously shares lesson plans that she has aligned to Common Core standards.

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Smarter Balanced Assessments | Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium

Smarter Balanced Assessments | Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium | Common Core ELA | Scoop.it
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If you're looking for rubrics, text samples for assessment, dig around here.  There's a lot to wade through, but it's worth your time.

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Mary Clark's curator insight, December 20, 2012 1:30 PM

Preliminary test blueprints from Smarter Balanced for ELA and math summative assessments.  There's a lot to explore here: rubrics, test blueprints, etc.  Read the appendices for examples of text used for assessment: the Dalai Lama and Marcus Aurelius, not insulation manuals!

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Sentence Frames for Textual Evidence | Roz Linder.com

Sentence Frames for Textual Evidence | Roz Linder.com | Common Core ELA | Scoop.it

Textual evidence matters, even in elementary school!

When I talk with elementary school teachers about introducing the concept of supporting ideas with reasons and references to the text, I often get puzzled looks. This is understandable. Common Core, however, asks students to do this as young as third grade. This pedagogical shift away from just selecting a multiple choice response is daunting, but can be so rewarding for students. Teachers are thinking about how to answer the question: How do you know? Teachers need to probe students not to select the desired answer, but to add proof, support opinions, and interrogate text for how authors do the same. The Teaching Channel has a great 2 minute model that shows how to use sentence frames with elementary students.

 

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Using THIEVES to Preview Nonfiction Texts - ReadWriteThink

Using THIEVES to Preview Nonfiction Texts - ReadWriteThink | Common Core ELA | Scoop.it
Students become "thieves" in this lesson as they use a previewing strategy to "steal" information from textbooks and other nonfiction texts before actually reading them.
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strategy to teach close reading

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ThingLinkToolkit - CCSS Aligned Activities

ThingLinkToolkit - CCSS Aligned Activities | Common Core ELA | Scoop.it

Growing collection of CC aligned Thinglinks to spark your creativity!

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Common Core Practice | Bad Reviews, Elite Schools and Facebook Fakes

Common Core Practice | Bad Reviews, Elite Schools and Facebook Fakes | Common Core ELA | Scoop.it
Three writing prompts based on recent Times content, devised and tested by a ninth-grade class in New Jersey. This week's collection includes a restaurant review that has gone viral ...
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Center for Student Work | Expeditionary Learning | Common Core State Standards SMUSD

Center for Student Work | Expeditionary Learning | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Common Core ELA | Scoop.it
Great resource to show teachers what CCSS learning can look like! (Great resource to see CCSS exemplary student work!
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Planning Text-Dependent Questions

Planning Text-Dependent Questions | Common Core ELA | Scoop.it
The Common Core emphasizes close reading and text-dependent questions. So what are text-dependent questions, and how can teachers develop them?
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Rubric for Determining Text Complexity in Informational Text

This rubric from the DOE of New York City can be used by teachers and library staff to determine text complexity. With modification, it would also be useful for students to help them choose books in the library for research projects.

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A Directed Listening-Thinking Activity for "The Tell-Tale Heart" - ReadWriteThink

A Directed Listening-Thinking Activity for "The Tell-Tale Heart" - ReadWriteThink | Common Core ELA | Scoop.it
What’s that sound? Students participate in a Directed Listening–Thinking Activity (DLTA) using "The Tell-Tale Heart," make predictions, and respond in the form of an acrostic poem or comic strip.
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Common Core Practice | Chickens, Clouds and the View Outside Your Window

Common Core Practice | Chickens, Clouds and the View Outside Your Window | Common Core ELA | Scoop.it
Our three tasks this week involve argumentative writing about a neighborhood dispute, narrative writing about what you see out your window, and informative writing about cloud forecasting.
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Voices from the Middle: Young Adult Literature-The Common Core Text Exemplars

Voices from the Middle: Young Adult Literature-The Common Core Text Exemplars | Common Core ELA | Scoop.it

Read the article Young Adult Literature: The Common Core Text Exemplars for great examples of texts to use for middle school ELA units.

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Exemplar Lessons / Introduction

Exemplar Lessons / Introduction | Common Core ELA | Scoop.it
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The exemplar lessons for Farewell to Manzanar and Tom Sawyer provide good examples of close reading with texts we use in 8th grade.

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Georgia ELA Wiki - 7th grade lesson plans

Georgia ELA Wiki - 7th grade lesson plans | Common Core ELA | Scoop.it
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Detailed lesson plans for literary and informational text units, including links to some resources.  Even if you don't use the units, the scope of detail can be used as a template for your own units.

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The Role of Fiction in the High School English Language Arts Classroom - Huffington Post (blog)

The Role of Fiction in the High School English Language Arts Classroom - Huffington Post (blog) | Common Core ELA | Scoop.it
The Role of Fiction in the High School English Language Arts ClassroomHuffington Post (blog)Recently, there has been some confusion regarding the role of fiction and literature in the Common Core State Standards.
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Another refutation of that terrible article in The Telegraph!

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Literature Circles for High School Reluctant Readers | Scholastic.com

Literature Circles for High School Reluctant Readers | Scholastic.com | Common Core ELA | Scoop.it
Use literature circles to get your reluctant readers excited about literature.
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A Principal's Reflections: Use of Blogging to Address CCSS

A Principal's Reflections: Use of Blogging to Address CCSS | Common Core ELA | Scoop.it

This teacher has students blog about their reading, then comments and asks questions to raise the level of student discourse.  Great way to focus students on proving their arguments from the text!


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EssayTagger Common Core Rubric Creation Tool

EssayTagger Common Core Rubric Creation Tool | Common Core ELA | Scoop.it

I don't build rubrics in the library, but I worked through this tool and easily created a rubric for a 7th grade ELA class.  

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Wondering how to put Common Core into practice? It’s easier than you think. | School Library Journal

Wondering how to put Common Core into practice? It’s easier than you think. | School Library Journal | Common Core ELA | Scoop.it

Help students explore a topic with a variety of sources.  Your best resource for gathering these sources? Your library staff!

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A Primer on “Close Reading of Text”

Attributes of close reading lessons


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Using Animoto for Vocabulary Study

Using Animoto for Vocabulary Study | Common Core ELA | Scoop.it

Great use of Animoto to help students learn and retain vocabulary!  

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Free Technology for Teachers: Video Projects and Common Core Standards

Free Technology for Teachers: Video Projects and Common Core Standards http://t.co/tkXesZh7...
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Common Core State Standards and Library of Congress Teacher Resources: Find Lesson Plans (and More) That Meet Your CCSS Needs | Teaching with the Library of Congress

Common Core State Standards and Library of Congress Teacher Resources: Find Lesson Plans (and More) That Meet Your CCSS Needs | Teaching with the Library of Congress | Common Core ELA | Scoop.it
Common Core State Standards can be easily met using Library of Congress teacher resources, and a new tool lets you quickly find the best Library resources for your CCSS needs.
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