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Building Vocabulary Crucial to Common-Core Success, New Research Says

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In all the hubbub about the balance of fiction and nonfiction in the common core, you might well have been hearing less lately about its other expectations. One of those is a renewed focus on the teaching of vocabulary, especially academic vocabulary.


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Bookinitat50: Literature and Library Lesson Plans - EXCELLENT!!!!

Bookinitat50: Literature and Library Lesson Plans - EXCELLENT!!!! | CCSS Lang Arts | Scoop.it
Reading Fun - Many ideas for reading projects from Education World. Books for Children and Young Adults - Links to literature and reading promotion web sites. ... For a low-budget way to get kids wild about reading, try readers theater.

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Studyladder, online english literacy & mathematics. Kids activity games, worksheets and lesson plans.

Studyladder, online english literacy & mathematics. Kids activity games, worksheets and lesson plans. | CCSS Lang Arts | Scoop.it
Used by over 70,000 teachers & 1 million students at home and school. Studyladder is an online english literacy & mathematics learning tool.

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Richard Seal's curator insight, February 24, 2013 3:08 PM

Great idea for something besides starfall. 

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Starbursting - Brainstorming Techniques from MindTools.com

Starbursting - Brainstorming Techniques from MindTools.com | CCSS Lang Arts | Scoop.it
Starbursting is a form of brainstorming that focuses on generating questions about an idea or challenge in a systemmatic, comprehensive way.

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Richard Seal's curator insight, March 12, 2013 3:15 PM

Always looking for new tools for brainstorming. 

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Common Core and Educational Technology

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Welcome! This is the place to find 'best of class' ed tech to integrate in Common Core curriculum.

We'll identify web resources and tablet apps that students can use to demonstrate deep knowledge in creative and engaging ways.
We'll also highlight information from other ed tech blogs, and provide a way to communicate about "Common Core ed tech."
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How do I choose text for Close Reading?

How do I choose text for Close Reading? | CCSS Lang Arts | Scoop.it

I have heard this question multiple times in the last month.  I do not remember being asked, “What text should I use for a Read Aloud?”  or “What text should I use for a Think Aloud?”   Maybe it happened and my memory is faulty, but I just don’t remember those questions in the past.

 

Suddenly, text seems to matter.  And many teachers are very concerned about using the “right text” for instruction.


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Common Core Resource: ASCD's Free EduCore Tool

Common Core Resource: ASCD's Free EduCore Tool | CCSS Lang Arts | Scoop.it

Whether you are an educator preparing to make curricular changes to meet the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) or examining and adjusting your instruction, ASCD’s EduCore™online tool can help smooth your transition into a new era of teaching and learning. A free resource, the EduCore website helps educators learn about the new standards and offers useful content that supports meaningful, purposeful changes to instruction.


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Deb Gardner's curator insight, March 6, 2013 7:11 AM

EduCore recently partnered with the Literacy Design Collaborative adding 20 new example modules for teaching argumentation, informational and narrative writing across subject areas for secondary students. The LDC is well designed and offers relevant materials and rubrics. 


Additional modules are currently being developed.

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Writing Across the Curriculum With The Literacy Design Collaborative

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The Literacy Design Collaborative is a network of teachers and partners “building out a template-based approach to the literacy demands of college and the workplace, as defined by the Common Core State Standards.”  The concept is to give teachers tools (mostly offline but soon to be online) that enable them to transform the Common Core into classroom action by giving teacher the literacy resources to build student’s college ready literacy skills through their existing content lens.


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5 Questions to Ask about Common Core Resources

5 Questions to Ask about Common Core Resources | CCSS Lang Arts | Scoop.it
What questions should you ask before buying a resource or attending a conference about the CCSS? Here are 5 questions to ask before trusting a resource.

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New website unpacks the Common Core standards for educators, parents | eSchool News

New website unpacks the Common Core standards for educators, parents | eSchool News | CCSS Lang Arts | Scoop.it

Scholastic has launched a new website, “Common Sense for the Common Core,” that aims to help teachers, school leaders, and parents understand the standards, and provides instructional programs to implement them.

 

Built in consultation with Common Core experts, the website answers questions about the standards and points parents and teachers toward resources to help them understand what is changing and what is not.


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10 Tips for Teaching Grammar in a CCSS Classroom

10 Tips for Teaching Grammar in a CCSS Classroom | CCSS Lang Arts | Scoop.it

The Common Core State Standards stress the importance of teaching grammar. The standards lay out which grammar rules should be taught at which grade levels. So you know what rules to teach… but how do you teach them? Here are ten tips for teaching grammar according to the Common Core. (See the infographic here).


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Deb Gardner's curator insight, February 10, 2013 4:43 AM

CCSS asks teachers to keep tasks in context. Rather than isolating them into separate tasks outside of what we expect students to know and be able to do, they are embedded within the context itself.


For example, reading strategies are introduced "just in time" or when they are needed in the midst of reading a difficult text, instead of "just in case."


Here Lauren Davis offers suggestions for keeping grammar in the context of reading and writing, intead of an isolated set of worksheets to be completed and graded. Pushing the thinking out to students in having them determine the grammar rule, grammar as a reflection of the writer and very importantly, the importance of audience when making language decisions are included in her list.


This isn't to say there's not a time and place for explicit direct instruction (and practice) when it comes to grammar, but keeping the "tasks in context approach" helps students understand what they are doing and why they are doing it.

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Tim Shanahan: 10 Things Teachers Should Know About Reading Comprehension

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Deb Gardner's curator insight, February 12, 2013 7:20 AM

Helpful presentation particularly when thinking about instructional changes due to CCSS. Close reading is identified, the role of pre-reading, and also the difference between reading strategies, reading skills and when to use each.

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Building Vocabulary Crucial to Common-Core Success, New Research Says

Building Vocabulary Crucial to Common-Core Success, New Research Says | CCSS Lang Arts | Scoop.it

In all the hubbub about the balance of fiction and nonfiction in the common core, you might well have been hearing less lately about its other expectations. One of those is a renewed focus on the teaching of vocabulary, especially academic vocabulary.


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Tips for Teaching Visual Literacy for the Common Core

Tips for Teaching Visual Literacy for the Common Core | CCSS Lang Arts | Scoop.it

Visual literacy is also a requirement of the Common Core State Standards. Standard 7 for Reading Literature asks students to compare texts to visuals. The standard gets increasingly complex as you move up the grade levels.

 


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Deb Gardner's curator insight, January 31, 2013 4:26 AM

Includes helpful resource here regarding  visual literacy from ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education)

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21 Literacy Resources For The Digital Teacher

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21 Literacy Resources For The Digital Teacher

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Ana Cristina Pratas's curator insight, February 22, 2013 12:06 AM

In today’s 21st century classrooms, digital tools should coexist alongside more traditional tools. Online tools, compared to their more traditional counterparts, provide a broader array of information about words and word meanings. In addition, some tools allow teachers to easily customize words so that students can practice, review, and play games with content or unit-specific words. Digital tools allows students to:

Marie Kilgallon's curator insight, February 22, 2013 7:40 AM

Some interesting resources - Well done

Elizabeth E Charles's curator insight, March 19, 2013 9:26 AM

Good starting point for resources on digital literacy.

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Graphic Organizers


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Basal Alignment Project

A library of revised lessons for common Basal reading series (3rd-5th grades), each carefully aligned to the CCSS. Each new lesson includes quality text-dependent questions, improved tasks, and a focus on academic vocabulary.

How are educators using these materials?

- A free source of CCSS-aligned lessons which use existing materials
- Professional development on the Common Core

Who creates these materials?

Hundreds of teachers worked collaboratively to develop these replacement materials, following deep training on the Common Core by Student Achievement Partners. Each lesson has been authored, edited, and reviewed by a team of teachers


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Tim Shanahan: Teaching Literacy Across the Disciplines vs. teaching Disciplinary Literacy

Tim Shanahan: Teaching Literacy Across the Disciplines vs. teaching  Disciplinary Literacy | CCSS Lang Arts | Scoop.it

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Frances's curator insight, March 4, 2013 12:45 PM

Context and Content Areas

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What does it mean to be ‘aligned to the Common Core?’ | Dangerously Irrelevant

What does it mean to be ‘aligned to the Common Core?’ | Dangerously Irrelevant | CCSS Lang Arts | Scoop.it

Did you know that... Google Apps can help you 'launch a stress-free implementation of the Common Core's required technology components?'


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Deb Gardner's curator insight, March 6, 2013 5:00 AM

The above and more claims on resources being common core aligned. Are they really or are they just "old wine in new skins."

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Bringing back the art of teaching under the Common Core

Bringing back the art of teaching under the Common Core | CCSS Lang Arts | Scoop.it

In response to No Child Left Behind, passed in 2001, Ohio Department of Education (ODE) was required to write academic standards that required teachers to follow specific guidelines.


Sawyers compares the 2001 standards against the new Common Core standards.  


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Deb Gardner's curator insight, February 26, 2013 5:19 AM

Common Core State Standards: fewer, deeper, clearer.


IMHO, CCSS empower teachers to create a more robust curriculum, refine their instructional and assessment strategies using and accomplish this with an almost unlimited repository of resources and opportunities to collaborate using digital tools.


CCSS are not constraining for teachers, but liberating in that they message, "You know the destination [PARCC/SBAC], you choose the path and the means to get there." 


Sure hope we see more specifics from the consortia soon! Teachers and administrators are getting anxious to know exactly where their students are heading.

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Basal Alignment Project

A library of revised lessons for common Basal reading series (3rd-5th grades), each carefully aligned to the CCSS. Each new lesson includes quality text-dependent questions, improved tasks, and a focus on academic vocabulary.

How are educators using these materials?

- A free source of CCSS-aligned lessons which use existing materials
- Professional development on the Common Core

Who creates these materials?

Hundreds of teachers worked collaboratively to develop these replacement materials, following deep training on the Common Core by Student Achievement Partners. Each lesson has been authored, edited, and reviewed by a team of teachers


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Teaching Students to use Anchor Standard #1: Textual Evidence in the Common Core Classroom

Teaching Students to use Anchor Standard #1: Textual Evidence in the Common Core Classroom | CCSS Lang Arts | Scoop.it
The prototype assessments developed by PARCC have an entire category of questions devoted to students providing textual evidence.


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National Urban League/Policy Institute: What are CCSS and what will their implementation do for our teachers and students?

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EngageNY: Common Core Curriculum & Assessments

EngageNY: Common Core Curriculum & Assessments | CCSS Lang Arts | Scoop.it

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) is engaging teachers, administrators, and education experts across the State and nation in the creation of curriculum resources, instructional materials, professional development materials, samples of test questions, test specifications, and other test-related materials that will help with the transition to the New York State P-12 Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS).


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Deb Gardner's curator insight, February 9, 2013 8:27 AM

IMHO New York is leading the way with CCSS resouces for teachers and administrators.

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ReadWorks.org

ReadWorks.org | CCSS Lang Arts | Scoop.it
Free, research-based K-6 reading comprehension lesson plans and non-fiction reading passages & question sets. Common Core aligned, teacher & principal endorsed.


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Deb Gardner's curator insight, February 14, 2013 4:40 AM

Plenty of sources for informational text here!  Articles can be downloaded in PDF format and printed.


Or better yet, share them with students in digital format on your LMS or Google Drive to acclimate students to reading digital texts in preparation for PARCC and SBAC.


Consider teaching students how to MUTT (Mark Up The Text) using digital tools like these.

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Reading, Writing and Summarizing

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Great strategy for teaching informational text and central ideas under Common Core Standards.


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Deb Gardner's curator insight, January 28, 2013 8:25 AM

Helpful post written by Dr. Linder on the interplay between reading and writing when it comes to summarizing.  Although writing summaries does not appear in the standards until fourth grade, the term is frequently used in K-3 classrooms where what the teacher really expects is retelling.  What's the difference between paraphrasing, retelling and summarizing? Helpful resource here


Regarding summarizing, my biggest take-away from the ReadingQuest webpage is:  "teaching summarizing is no small undertaking. It's one of the hardest strategies for students to grasp, and one of the hardest strategies for you to teach. You have to repeatedly model it and give your students ample time and opportunities to practice it."