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Tales of a 6th Grade Classroom: 5 Ways Common Core Will Change Your Classroom

Tales of a 6th Grade Classroom: 5 Ways Common Core Will Change Your Classroom | Close Reading Jr High | Scoop.it

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Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's curator insight, January 20, 2013 10:32 PM

The discussion rages on. This is one teacher who believes Common Core is less about what is taught and more about how it is being taught. Which is, by the way, the point most of us are trying to make about Common Core.

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5 Questions to Ask about Common Core Resources

5 Questions to Ask about Common Core Resources | Close Reading Jr High | 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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Differentiating for Text Difficulty under Common Core

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Shanahan on Literacy


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The Eyes Have It: Vocabulary Instruction Through Images

The Eyes Have It: Vocabulary Instruction Through Images | Close Reading Jr High | Scoop.it
In this post, we examine an alternative to the traditional practice of asking students to build their word knowledge collectively as a class with little background knowledge.

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Deb Gardner's curator insight, February 22, 2013 8:28 AM

Burkins and Yaris suggest using images as a scaffold when searching for context clues for new words. Instead of "turn and talk" consider using images.

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Tips and resources for supporting struggling readers

Tips and resources for supporting struggling readers | Close Reading Jr High | Scoop.it
The Common Core State Standards Initiative focuses on rigor and raising expectation in classrooms nationwide. It calls for an increase in reading complexit

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PARCC, Common Core, Close Reading and ELLs

PARCC, Common Core, Close Reading and ELLs | Close Reading Jr High | Scoop.it

Close reading of texts with ELLs presents more challenges beyond balancing building background knowledge with working with the actual text. Such challenges for educators of ELLs include choosing appropriate grade level texts, supplying supplementary texts at different reading levels, scaffolding instruction, and creating text depending questions that ELLs can access.


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Deb Gardner's curator insight, February 24, 2013 5:33 AM

Helpful article that briefly compares three approaches/definitions of close reading:

  • Tim Shanahan
  • PARCC
  • Aspen Institute


Also considers the role of background knowledge when ELLs are working with complex texts. Several excellent resources embedded in the post.