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Projects to Engage Middle School Readers

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It's my fault. I'll admit it. During my eight years in the classroom, I ruined at least two amazing literary works by assigning horrifically dull reading projects. My only hope is that those middle s

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Mary Clark's curator insight, January 4, 11:41 AM

I love these ideas! I almost want to skip another week of vacation so I can share them with teachers right now!

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No Nonsense Non-fiction: Tips for incorporating non-fiction into the ELA curriculum

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Many school districts are going through a painstaking process of writing new curricula to meet the Common Core State Standards. One of the biggest changes for English language arts teachers working to refine and update curricula is the need to incorporate larger amounts of nonfiction texts. As ELA teachers, we are experts in teaching literature — but nonfiction? Having recently gone through the process of writing a new middle-school ELA curriculum, I fully understand this challenge. Below are some of the ways our middle school ELA teachers worked to more organically integrate nonfiction texts into our teaching.


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Deb Gardner's curator insight, January 8, 6:10 AM

Keep in mind the expectation to increase non-fiction texts (and more complex texts) is not only in the ELA class, but other subjects as well. 

Mary Clark's curator insight, January 8, 1:21 PM

Great examples of how to painlessly add informational text to your teaching.

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Common Core in the Schools: A First Look at Reading Assignments

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October 22, 2013Authors: Tim ShanahanAnn Duffett "Most teachers believe that the new standards promise better learning for their students, and an overwhelming majority of teachers say that their schools have already made significant progress toward implementing the standards, including relevant curriculum changes and professional development."


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Mary Clark's curator insight, October 27, 2013 3:31 PM

Reading through the findings from middle school ELA teachers, I see two key issues. The first  is not whether teachers are using complex texts, but whether they're using the exemplar texts from the CCSS.  Does it matter? Do you trust teachers to choose rigorous and challenging texts that may be more current (or interesting?)

 

Second, are other departments using informational text in a way that helps students develop close reading and critical thinking skills?  If students are studying The U.S. Constitution, but doing nothing more than rote memorization of The Bill of Rights, we can't claim students are doing close reading in social studies.  I still believe collaboration is the key to successfully teaching close reading and critical thinking.  

Mary Clark's curator insight, January 15, 9:34 AM

See my comments on an earlier scoop.  

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Helping Students Read Closely: When to Notice & Note

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“Close reading is one of the buzz words that is being emphasized with the Common Core Learning Standards. By close reading I am interpreting as the reading, rereading, and analysis of text for the p...”
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CCSS Writing Assessment: 10 Tips for Getting Ready | Six Trait Gurus

CCSS Writing Assessment: 10 Tips for Getting Ready | Six Trait Gurus | Common Core and Teacher Leadership | Scoop.it

Introduction The CCSS Writing Assessment is coming—likely in 2014 or 2015. While tests are still under development, we know that students will be asked to write—perhaps across multiple class periods (especially if ...


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3 Close Reading Strategies for Common Core [Tch This Week]

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“ [Tch This Week] 3 Close Reading Strategies for Common Core - http://t.co/K7cGNlXap5”;
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Visuals and Reading

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Over the last few years in my seventh grade reading class, I’ve asked students to do more visual analysis and creation. This has nothing to do with the fact that my twin sister is a talented artist...

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Mary Clark's curator insight, December 11, 2013 4:12 PM

Hands on insights and examples for helping students analyze and create visuals.  Such an important part of criticial thinking!

Mary Clark's curator insight, January 15, 9:31 AM

Visual literacy is a key factor in developing critical thinking skills. Lots of great examples here.

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Writing in Elementary School and The Common Core State Standards

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The Common Core State Standards require students to write opinion pieces starting in early elementary school. As students enter middle school, the Common Core State Standards require students to write sound arguments ...
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The Common Core in Social Studies | Common Core...

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The Common Core in Social Studies on Common Core State Standards for School Leaders curated by Mel Riddile (The #CommonCore for teaching #reading in History/SS http://t.co/E3CyMZDG6E #literacy #njed...
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ASCD Express 9.01 - Three Common Approaches to ...

ASCD Express 9.01 - Three Common Approaches to ... | Common Core and Teacher Leadership | Scoop.it
Sometimes teachers want to take charge and lead an initiative and other times they want to play more of a support role. Ideally, teacher leadership structures create opportunities for both.
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“We Used to Do PLCs. Now We’re Doing Common Core?”

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When I look at the transition to Common Core, I see again a powerful structure to guide the work and answer the four key questions!

 
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3 Ways to Empower Common Core Writing

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“Technology can be a powerful tool to facilitate Common Core writing and research and transform traditional writing assignments.”
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Common Core ELA Resources for Middle School Educators

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“ Many teachers this year are updating existing curriculum for the Common Core. And it's going to be a long process for everyone.”
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Reading strategies: Differences between summarizing and synthesizing

Reading strategies: Differences between summarizing and synthesizing | Common Core and Teacher Leadership | Scoop.it
In today's post I'm sharing information I gave to my students about the differences between summarizing and synthesizing information in terms of reading strategies and research.

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Mary Clark's curator insight, January 5, 6:09 PM

I think this is a key Common Core shift that needs to be modeled for students. This article gives a straight forward summary.

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Visuals and Reading

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Over the last few years in my seventh grade reading class, I’ve asked students to do more visual analysis and creation. This has nothing to do with the fact that my twin sister is a talented artist...

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Mary Clark's curator insight, December 11, 2013 4:12 PM

Hands on insights and examples for helping students analyze and create visuals.  Such an important part of criticial thinking!

Mary Clark's curator insight, January 15, 9:31 AM

Visual literacy is a key factor in developing critical thinking skills. Lots of great examples here.

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Barbara Blackburn on the 7 Myths About Rigor In The Classroom

Barbara Blackburn on the 7 Myths About Rigor In The Classroom | Common Core and Teacher Leadership | Scoop.it
7 Myths About Rigor In The Classroom

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Mel Riddile's curator insight, January 13, 1:14 PM

Schools leaders must understand that when we raise expectations, we must increase the level of support--for students and/or teachers.

Andy Graham's curator insight, January 13, 8:44 PM

Interesting article! 

Cindy Riley Klages's curator insight, January 16, 11:01 AM

One of my favorite educator gurus and her latest take on rigor.

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Close Reading (6-12)

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Close Reading RubricsGrade 6Grade 7Grade 8Grades 9-10Grades 11-12
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Excellent Cheat Sheet Featuring The 6 Cs of Primary Source Analysis ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Excellent Cheat Sheet Featuring The 6 Cs of Primary Source Analysis ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Common Core and Teacher Leadership | Scoop.it

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SaraKLMS's curator insight, December 15, 2013 9:15 AM

graphic organizer developed by UC Irvine History Project helps students evaluate primary sources

Connie Wise's curator insight, December 16, 2013 9:00 AM

Helpful tool to assist students in using primary sources.

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A Simple Graphic Organizer to Unpack the ELA Common Core Standards

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“ Sarah Tantillo shares a simple, user-friendly graphic organizer that can help teachers unpack the ELA Common Core standards and design objectives and activities.”
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Writing Rubrics for High School

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“These Common Core Writing Rubrics Help Teachers in All Subject Areas Identify and Score Good Writing, Bad Writing, and Everything in Between”
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Smarter Balanced Remains Best Common Core Testing Option, Michigan Dept ... - Education Week News (blog)

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Education, the Brain, and Common Core State Standards

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Understanding even the basics of how the brain learns -- how people perceive, process and remember information -- can help teachers and students successfully meet the requirements of the Common Core (Education, the Brain, and Common Core State Standards...
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Close reading leads to close writing: "Falling in Love With Close Reading" in writing workshop

Close reading leads to close writing:  "Falling in Love With Close Reading" in writing workshop | Common Core and Teacher Leadership | Scoop.it
I have truly fallen in love with Falling in Love With Close Reading, the just-released book by Christopher Lehman and Kate Roberts. "
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I.N.K.: The Joy of Exploring Book Structure with the Common Core

I.N.K.: The Joy of Exploring Book Structure with the Common Core | Common Core and Teacher Leadership | Scoop.it

"Structure is a the-world-is-your-oyster kind of thing.  The options for structuring a piece of writing to inspire, entertain, and inform are endless. I can be creative, literary, artistic, poetic, humorous, vivid, and suspenseful. I can use metaphor, imagery, narrative arc, voice, or any other tool I’d like. When I write, I’m like a curator at a museum. I get to decide what to focus on and how to present it. So half the fun is figuring out: What is the best way to tell this story? What interesting or clever structure will make this amazing material come to life for readers?"


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Mary Clark's curator insight, November 18, 2013 7:03 PM

I love the insights that Elizabeth shares here.  I haven't seen any Common Core-related articles dealing with structure, so this article will be very useful.  

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A Principal's Reflections: Critical Literacy Across the Curriculum

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“ RT @NMHS_Principal: Critical Literacy Across the Curriculum http://t.co/uFxpSCE13n #edchat #cpchat #njed”
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