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Rubric for Determining Text Complexity in Informational Text | Common Core State Standards SMUSD

Rubric for Determining Text Complexity in Informational Text | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | CDS CCSS | Scoop.it
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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State school systems rethink Common Core standards - Washington Times

State school systems rethink Common Core standards - Washington Times | CDS CCSS | Scoop.it
State school systems rethink Common Core standards
Washington Times
He added that the department incorporated some pieces of the Common Core mathematics system into Virginia's standards, which strengthened what already was in place.
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Why text complexity matters

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How the Common Core is redefining math instruction | eSchool News

What does teaching math look like under the Common Core standards? Lots of classroom interaction and more inquiry-based approaches to learning, according to experts who are helping schools integrate the standards into instruction.
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Getting to a Common Core

Getting to a Common Core | CDS CCSS | Scoop.it
So tell me, how did you solve that particular problem? Common core is here to stay and children in upper grade levels have not become accustomed to the rigor of it all. Common Core focuses on one...
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Delete These Four Words to Improve Your Writing Right Now

Delete These Four Words to Improve Your Writing Right Now | CDS CCSS | Scoop.it

New writers struggle with writing, not because they don’t have a command of language. They do. Rather, they use a lot of needless words.

 

You will greatly improve your writing if you can just stop using these four words.


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Digital Underlife and the Writing Classroom | DMLcentral

Digital Underlife and the Writing Classroom | DMLcentral | CDS CCSS | Scoop.it

"In a 1987 paper, Robert Brooke argued that instructors needed to pay attention to the ways that students didn't pay attention, like passing notes in class or whispering conversations. Building on the work of Erving Goffman, Brooke argued that these behaviors represented a writing "underlife" that was a means for students "to show that their identities are different from or more complex than the identities assigned them" in the classroom or school as a whole (p. 230).

Fast forward to now. In a recent paper, Derek Mueller argues that the underlife needs to be reexamined, as mobile technologies have transformed classroom spaces and presented teachers with new ways of thinking about the positive learning outcomes that can be produced through students' "digital underlife."


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Quick Lesson Plan Ideas and Writing Prompts

Quick Lesson Plan Ideas and Writing Prompts | CDS CCSS | Scoop.it
I will post lesson plan ideas and lesson resources here. December 13th: In a world filled with a desperate striving to fill silence and to connect with others, a mini-lesson [...]

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Imagine, you know a great teacher and he's willing to share his ideas and plans with you.  


Here you are!

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How to Edit Your Own Writing

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Like most newspaper reporters, I got into the biz because a) I love writing and b) I'm pretty good at it. But it's a sobering profession. You file your masterpiece, only to find your editor thinks it's two dozen "tinks" shy of publishable.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, December 17, 2012 10:41 PM

Excellent common sense advice!

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Wordament

Wordament® is a unique and highly addictive word game: a two-minute long word tournament where you compete in real-time, on the same board, against everyone else currently playing. 


You are playing the exact same game with hundreds around the world at the same time. Every time a new game starts – that game is being presented to everyone. After every game your stats show up and shortly after you are compared to every player in the world that played along side of you.


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, December 27, 2012 1:06 PM

Here's a mobile app that allows international game play in real time.  A great voabulary drill and builder and a fine on demand skill builder. 

Bronwyn Desjardins's curator insight, December 27, 2012 5:21 PM

Worth a look for language teachers.

Katharina Kulle's curator insight, December 28, 2012 5:37 AM

Samma princip som Ruzzle men på en enklare nivå

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The Only 12 ½ Writing Rules You'll Ever Need [Chart]

The Only 12 ½ Writing Rules You'll Ever Need [Chart] | CDS CCSS | Scoop.it
Whether you are a blog writer or a book writer, you find your writing inspiration from wherever you can. These writing rules will put a smile on your face.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, December 24, 2012 5:02 PM

Remember,  conventions (spelling, punctuation, grammar) are just 1/6 of the traits of writing.  Keep things in balance!

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6 Trait Writing

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6 trait writing ties in seamlessly to the Common Core standards. You can improve literacy outcomes by teaching writing strategies with the six traits.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, December 28, 2012 2:35 PM

Soldid resources and ideas for primary teachers working with the 6-traits

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Common Core Writing Rubrics Grades 9-10


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, December 28, 2012 3:22 PM

Rubrics help us understand the vocabulary and the expectations of both writing and common core standards.

Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, January 1, 2013 5:14 PM

It is always worth looking at rubrics for other standards, it helps me to reassess what I am asking students to be able to demonstrate.

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SmartBlog on Education Guest Post: The ELA Common Core: A grand opportunity for grand misconceptions

SmartBlog on Education Guest Post: The ELA Common Core: A grand opportunity for grand misconceptions | CDS CCSS | Scoop.it
Originally appeared as a guest post for SmartBlog on Education: here. Adoption of the Common Core State Standards Initiative opens the door for ideas, not necessarily because of the content of stan...
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Professional Learning on Demand | Common Core Team

Professional Learning on Demand | Common Core Team | CDS CCSS | Scoop.it
Common Core State Standards (RT @WisDPILit Have you seen our professional learning resources on text complexity to meet demands of #CCSS
#ELA?
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7 Actions That Literacy Leaders Can Take Right Now: Text Complexity » TextProject

7 Actions That Literacy Leaders Can Take Right Now: Text Complexity » TextProject | CDS CCSS | Scoop.it
7 Actions That Literacy Leaders Can Take Right Now: Text Complexity » TextProject http://t.co/Vw1QPXzdju
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Parents and experts wonder if Common Core’s unproven math and English standards will lead to less learning - EAGnews.org :: Education Research, Reporting, Analysis and Commentary

Parents and experts wonder if Common Core’s unproven math and English standards will lead to less learning - EAGnews.org :: Education Research, Reporting, Analysis and Commentary | CDS CCSS | Scoop.it
Education Research, Reporting, Analysis and Commentary (Parents and experts wonder if Common Core’s unproven math and English standards will lead to less learning http://t.co/QvRXfYIrE3)...
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6-Traits & Writing Process Resources

6-Traits & Writing Process Resources | CDS CCSS | Scoop.it

My Pinterest board dedicated to 6-Traits!


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The Most Common Grammar Gaffes Writers Make (and How To Avoid Them)

The Most Common Grammar Gaffes Writers Make (and How To Avoid Them) | CDS CCSS | Scoop.it
In 2011, the publisher of my book Enchantment could not fill an order for 500 e-book copies. Because of this experience, I self-published my next book, What the Plus!

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Common Core & Writing – Let's Write

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In the Fall of 2011, Bud Hunt facilitated a P2PU School of Ed course exploring the new Common Core Standards in Writing. He created an annotatible version of the CCSS that address writing as a way to begin to "internalize & critically consider the text of the writing standards." This is well worth spending some time exploring. ~klbz


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oneword™

oneword™ | CDS CCSS | Scoop.it

one word. so little time.

Simple. You’ll see one word at the top of the following screen.
You have sixty seconds to write about it.


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, December 16, 2012 11:56 PM

Here's a clever little one minute writing prompt system.

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Does the Common Core Address Voice?

Does the Common Core Address Voice? | CDS CCSS | Scoop.it

What voice looks like in the Common Core


First of all, let’s be honest. You won’t find the word “voice” anywhere in the Common Core standards for writing or language. But that doesn’t mean the concept isn’t there. There are many words to describe voice: style, tone, technique, and connection to the audience, among others. And each of these things is emphasized in the Common Core.


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, December 28, 2012 3:19 PM

By teaching voice you will be addressing Common Core Concerns.  The trick is articlating how you are hitting the attributes emphasised in the standards.  This article from the Six Traits Gurus will help you see how it all fits. 

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Word Mover


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Ana Cristina Pratas's curator insight, December 13, 2012 8:20 AM

FEATURES: 
- Multi-user poem storage
- User management with the ability to delete or restore within 2 weeks
- 6 poem categories, each with the ability to personalize 
- 12 backgrounds for stylizing poems
- Helpful how-to information available throughout app 
- Auto-saving of poems as they are created
- Viewing of finished poem for proofreading
- Ability to save poem to photos
- Ability to print poem on a wireless printer
- Ability to send poem by e-mail

BookChook's curator insight, December 15, 2012 3:39 PM

iPad app for magnetic poetry, lots of great features

Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, December 21, 2012 10:19 PM

Poetry Tiles for the iPad!

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10 Ideas For Using Technology To Teach Writing

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From the website'

 

"Both high-tech innovations for learning and the inability of many American schoolchildren to write well have been major talking points in educational circles for quite some time, but oddly enough, one may offer a solution to helping remedy the other. There are a variety of tech tools and methods out there for teaching writing that can make the process easier and more fun for both teachers and students. While not every high-tech way of teaching writing will work for every class or every student, there’s enough variety that there’s bound to be something for everyone. Here, we offer just a few tech-focused ways to help students learn grammar, essay-writing, and, most importantly, why good writing is so important to their futures."


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Ivo Nový's curator insight, December 11, 2012 10:10 AM

There are a variety of tech tools and methods out there for teaching writing that can make the process easier and more fun for both teachers and students. While not every high-tech way of teaching writing will work for every class or every student, there’s enough variety that there’s bound to be something for everyone.

Lynnette Van Dyke's curator insight, December 28, 2012 8:18 PM

...And see Digital Writing Matters, a National Writing Project publication by

Dr. Troy Hicks, Co-Director of Central Michigan University-based Chippewa Writing Project, Mt. Pleasant, MI....

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The T-Factor

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Valuable as they are, the Standards cannot compensate for our lack of one thing: the biggest factor of them all—time. It is impossible to teach writing well without enough time. Time for students t...

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, December 28, 2012 3:14 PM

Time is always the issue.  As a classroom teacher every lesson addressed multiple standards and objectives.  Teaching writing was also teaching reading, grammar, research, and critical thinking.  

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Adolescent Literacy, Part II: Content Literacy and the Common Core ...

Adolescent Literacy, Part II: Content Literacy and the Common Core ... | CDS CCSS | Scoop.it
Rather than referring to the text, they should be expected to learn from what they read. The title of the literacy standards, Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, ...
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