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40 Things to Do with a Text

40 Things to Do with a Text | Common Core and Teacher Leadership | Scoop.it
“ This article was written by Dominic Braham and Anthony Gaughan and originally appeared in English Teaching Matters, the English Language Teachers' Associations journal. Before we get started… Wait ...”
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Blogging for Writing Instruction is Nothing short of Amazing!

Blogging for Writing Instruction is Nothing short of Amazing! | Common Core and Teacher Leadership | Scoop.it
Having read the dreaded “I am going to tell you about” 5-paragraph essay until my eyes glaze over and I fall into a comatose state, I have spent years scouring the earth for engaging approaches to ...
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Smarter Balanced Assessments Approve ELL Support Measures

Smarter Balanced Assessments Approve ELL Support Measures | Common Core and Teacher Leadership | Scoop.it
“The Smarter Balance member states recently announced its English Language Learners support options and resources.”
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Five Essential Schoolwide Conditions for Common Core Achievement

Five Essential Schoolwide Conditions for Common Core Achievement | Common Core and Teacher Leadership | Scoop.it
By Mel Riddile, Associate Director of High School Services at the National Association of Secondary Principals (NASSP) Principal leadership matters--perhaps now more than ever before.
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Academic Vocabulary and the New Wave of Testing : Vocabulary.com

Academic Vocabulary and the New Wave of Testing : Vocabulary.com | Common Core and Teacher Leadership | Scoop.it
When you hear the words academic vocabulary , you might think of words that live only in academic journals — awkward words such as insomuch, heretofore, or conversely .
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5 Tips for Teaching Real World Persuasive Writi...

5 Tips for Teaching Real World Persuasive Writi... | Common Core and Teacher Leadership | Scoop.it
Find education news, teaching strategies, lesson plans, activity ideas and more on the WeAreTeachers blog. Featuring posts by guest bloggers and teachers as well as WeAreTeachers editors.
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A Non-Freaked Out Approach to Common Core Writing | Teaching the Core

A Non-Freaked Out Approach to Common Core Writing | Teaching the Core | Common Core and Teacher Leadership | Scoop.it
“ How do we incorporate simple yet powerful writing activities that will not only prepare our students for college/career, but also help with content acquisition?”
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Evidence & Arguments: Multiple Ways of Experiencing a Text

Evidence & Arguments: Multiple Ways of Experiencing a Text | Common Core and Teacher Leadership | Scoop.it
“Watch how you can do a literacy analysis with your High School students using evidence and arguments.”
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Common Core recognizes three tiers of vocabulary

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3 Simple Tools to Support the CCSS Academic Vocabulary Shift

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by Susan Oxnevad -

 

The Common Core identifies six instructional shifts needed to effectively implement the standards in ELA/Literacy. Shift 6 suggests an instructional change in
the teaching of Academic Vocabulary.


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Mel Riddile's curator insight, September 4, 2013 9:24 AM

For many schools explicit vocabulary instruction may represent a quick-win in building literacy skills. Teachers already teach Tier 1 and Tier 3 vocabulary. Tier 2 vocabulary should be the focus of school wide efforts to improve reading and literacy skills.


The Common Core recognizes three tiers of vocabulary.

Tier 1

Words acquired through every day speech, usually learned in the early grades.

Tier 2

Academic words that appear across all types of text. These are often precise words that are used by the author in place of common words. (i.e. gallop instead of run). They change meaning with use.

Tier 3

Domain specific words” that are specifically tied to content. (i.e. Constitution, lava) These are typically the types of vocabulary words that are included in glossaries, highlighted in textbooks and address by teachers. They are considered difficult words important to understanding content.

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Lexile Level Is NOT Text Complexity CCSS.R.10

Lexile Level Is NOT Text Complexity CCSS.R.10 | Common Core and Teacher Leadership | Scoop.it
This Tweet yesterday from #tcrwp (Teachers College Reading and Writing Project) caught my eye.  A quick glance at the twitter stream confirmed that it came from Stephanie Harvey's keynote (sigh of ...

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Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's curator insight, August 21, 2013 11:08 PM

My comment to Fran's blog: Thank you, Fran! A good primer on Lexiles to teachers in search of a text! I spoke at a Common Core Conference in June and while there, sat in on a informal presentation by Malbert Smith, developer of the Lexile Framework and MetaMetrics President. He shared with us that one of the most distinguishing aspects of the algorithm determining Lexile ratings was the appearance of rare words in a text. So while many think it is about word and sentence length, it is really about the frequency of a word in a corpus of 6 million words used by the analyzer. Semantic difficulty paired with syntactic complexity determines Lexile levels. The reason novels are relatively low in the Lexile ratings is because they contain dialogue which is usually comprised of conversational language and not rare words. In a bit of fun, he shared some very short words with us and showed how quickly their inclusion can change a Lexile rating. Good stuff to know.

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Hunting the Whole Enchilada: 6 Excellent Sites for Free Digital Textbooks -- THE Journal

Hunting the Whole Enchilada: 6 Excellent Sites for Free Digital Textbooks -- THE Journal | Common Core and Teacher Leadership | Scoop.it
It's time to try out K-12 textbooks that won't gather dust on your classroom shelves. Here are the best sites for digital books that won't cost you a dime.

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Five Strategies to Infuse Common Core State Standards with Social Studies Instruction

Five Strategies to Infuse Common Core State Standards with Social Studies Instruction | Common Core and Teacher Leadership | Scoop.it

Results of an informal poll :"...80% of the questions kids were asked when they are reading are answerable without direct reference to the text itself."


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Mary Clark's curator insight, August 1, 2013 2:50 PM

 Solid advice that doesn't try to sell you a product--how refreshing!

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Integrating the Common Core Standards into the Media Center’s Curriculum

Integrating the Common Core Standards into the Media Center’s Curriculum | Common Core and Teacher Leadership | Scoop.it
Common core standards and the school library media center #ccss #commoncore #schools #school #library #librarians #education #edu #educhat #edchat (Common core standards and the school library media center #ccss #commoncore #schools #school #librar...

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Mary Clark's curator insight, July 17, 2013 12:06 PM

Good summary of how we can support classroom curriculum.

Connie Wise's curator insight, July 26, 2013 6:34 PM

Library support for classroom CCSS

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Doing it Differently: Tips for Teaching Vocabulary

Doing it Differently: Tips for Teaching Vocabulary | Common Core and Teacher Leadership | Scoop.it
“ Every Monday, my seventh grade English teacher would have us copy a list of 25 words she'd written on the board. We'd then look up the dictionary definitions and copy those down.”
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Smarter Balanced Adopts Usability, Accessibility, and Accommodations Guidelines | Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium

Smarter Balanced Adopts Usability, Accessibility, and Accommodations Guidelines | Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium | Common Core and Teacher Leadership | Scoop.it
“CCSS usability & accessability policy for ELs and SWD http://t.co/8nerzHKkPr”
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More Publishers Adopt Lexile Measures in Response to the Common Core State Standards

More Publishers Adopt Lexile Measures in Response to the Common Core State Standards | Common Core and Teacher Leadership | Scoop.it
“DURHAM, NC--(Marketwired - Sep 10, 2013) - MetaMetrics®, developer of the widely adopted Lexile® Framework for Reading, has witnessed a substantial increase in the number of publishers providing Lexile® measures for their books as a result of the...”
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Principals Leading in the Common Core Era

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Despite its great promise, the Common Core is unlikely to be the "game changer" our policymakers hope it will be unless sensitive and skillful leadership is provided to shepherd the profound changes necessary. Undoubtedly, that leadership will have to come from principals who must take the lead in helping teachers and students meet the challenge of elevated expectations.The challenge for principals goes far beyond managing building and personnel effectively.
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6 Free Online Resources for Primary Source Documents

6 Free Online Resources for Primary Source Documents | Common Core and Teacher Leadership | Scoop.it
“ The Common Core Learning Standards describe the importance of teaching students how to comprehend informational text. They are asked to read closely, make inferences, cite evidence, analyze arguments”
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Common Core: Paint Chips Vocabulary Strategy | ...

Common Core: Paint Chips Vocabulary Strategy | ... | Common Core and Teacher Leadership | Scoop.it
“We all know that vocabulary acquisition is an essential part of effective pedagogy. Click here to watch an interesting and colorful way to help students deeply understand and use academic vocabular...”
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Three Beautiful Informational Text Series | Burkins & Yaris

Three Beautiful Informational Text Series | Burkins & Yaris | Common Core and Teacher Leadership | Scoop.it
“ Today we review three informational text series by Kate Riggs. We love these beautiful books for their design, structure, and content.”
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Writing and Close Reading: Annotating for Argumentation

Writing and Close Reading: Annotating for Argumentation | Common Core and Teacher Leadership | Scoop.it
Annotation: What is it?At it simplest form, mark-ups on a text. A reading strategy as old as texts themselves. Yet at its most useful annotation is more purposeful coding rather than mark-ups dotting a page (Fisher and Frey, 2011).
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Readability and the Common Core’s Staircase of Text Complexity

Readability and the Common Core’s Staircase of Text Complexity | Common Core and Teacher Leadership | Scoop.it

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Mary Clark's curator insight, August 19, 2013 11:47 AM

This would be a great article for small group discussions about text complexity. It's so much more than lexile levels!

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Smarter Balanced Moves Ahead on Testing Tools f...

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The Smarter Balanced group of 25 states will decide soon the range of testing accommodations to offer English-learners and students with disabilities.
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Are Common Core Standards 'Dumbing Down' Education? No! - Huffington Post

Are Common Core Standards 'Dumbing Down' Education? No! - Huffington Post | Common Core and Teacher Leadership | Scoop.it
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Are Common Core Standards 'Dumbing Down' Education? No!
Huffington Post
It's hard to keep track of all the half-truths and untruths swirling around the new Common Core State Standards that 45 states are putting in place.
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Planning to Meet CCSS Grade Level Literacy Standards

Planning to Meet CCSS Grade Level Literacy Standards | Common Core and Teacher Leadership | Scoop.it

Do any of those questions sound familiar? I spent this week with some fabulous teachers working on the Iowa Core Writing Standards. Did we work on all of them? No! Did we talk about all of them?...


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Mary Clark's curator insight, August 5, 2013 11:15 AM

A teacher thinking aloud about CCSS implementation.  Sharing this blog post to show how ELA teachers are working with the standards.

ratzelster's curator insight, August 8, 2013 1:23 PM

Overwhelming???  Maybe.  But there are ways in which to consider this in small enough size pieces that make sense.

Wendi Pillars's curator insight, August 13, 2013 7:32 PM

Lots of good links on this sight, also.