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NEW RELEASE: Making Evidence-Based Claims about Literary Technique Grades 9-12!

These literacy units empower students with a critical reading and writing skill at the heart of the CCSS: making evidence-based claims about complex texts.


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Commonlit

COMMONLIT is a collection of poems, short stories, news articles, historical documents, and literature for classrooms.
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Fly on the Math Teachers Wall - Squashing Fraction Misconceptions

Fly on the Math Teachers Wall - Squashing Fraction Misconceptions | Common Core | Scoop.it
When I was an elementary student, fractions were by FAR my most difficult subject.  I could not ever wrap my brain around them and embarrassingly enough, I still struggle to understand them. The ot...
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Sue Thuma's curator insight, February 22, 4:12 PM

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Diary of a Techie Chick: Portable Mini Green-Screen....

Diary of a Techie Chick: Portable Mini Green-Screen.... | Common Core | Scoop.it
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Pizza boxes for the win as mini green screens.  Can we say Star Wars Lego's in a high school library near myself?

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Allowing students to deeply understand assessment.

Allowing students to deeply understand assessment. | Common Core | Scoop.it
Make sure you make it to the end of this post to see the rubrics students create. For most students, assessment can be a bit of a mystery, which is really unfortunate given how much a student's fut...
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PARCC | Mathematics Practice Tests

Portal for all of the resources required by states and districts to administer the PARCC Assessment.
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Close Reading ..Read, Think, Talk, Write - Literacy Lines

Close Reading ..Read, Think, Talk, Write - Literacy Lines | Common Core | Scoop.it
Whenever I do a close reading lesson with teacher observers, there is always a block of time after the lesson when teachers debrief with me.  They share what they saw, what affected them, how they think the strategies would look in their classrooms with their own students.  In these debriefs, teachers at all grade levels …
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ASCD Express 10.09 - Einstein's 55 Minutes

ASCD Express 10.09 - Einstein's 55 Minutes | Common Core | Scoop.it
"If I had an hour to solve a problem and my life depended on the solution," Einstein said, "I would spend the first 55 minutes determining the proper question to ask, for once I know the proper question, I could solve the problem in less than five minutes."
Questions and their solutions are the basis of all learning. A good question generates energy and invites exploration. It elevates a commonplace lesson to one that's holy, creating a moment a student remembers years later as an epiphany that cracked open the universe.
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Critical Thinking Questions Students Should Be Able to Ask ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Critical Thinking Questions Students Should Be Able to Ask ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Common Core | Scoop.it
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Achievethecore.org :: Academic Word Finder

Achievethecore.org :: Academic Word Finder | Common Core | Scoop.it
The challenge to teachers is to be alert to the presence of Tier 2 words (academic vocabulary), determine which ones need to be taught, and which words deserve more time and effort in order to help students develop richer understanding. The Academic Word Finder pulls the most useful academic vocabulary words from a given text. 

Tier 2 (academic vocabulary) words appear in many different contexts and are often subtle or precise ways to say relatively simple things, for example “relative” or “accumulate". Since these aren't words that will typically be used in a student's conversations and they aren't domain-specific, they should be given more focus than Tier 1 and Tier 3 vocabulary.
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SERP | Poster Problems - Diagnostic Teaching in Mathematics :: Home

SERP | Poster Problems - Diagnostic Teaching in Mathematics :: Home | Common Core | Scoop.it
Mathematics lessons from typical textbooks often are not designed so that the thinking of the students is surfaced and open for teacher analysis in real time. Therefore, we developed a six-phase system to work through an engaging problem over two days. All of the Poster Problems are aligned with the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics.
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Teaching Literary Analysis

Teaching Literary Analysis | Common Core | Scoop.it
Guide students through the five steps of understanding and writing literary analysis: choosing and focusing a topic, gathering, presenting and analyzing textual evidence, and concluding.
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In the comments section is a link to a google doc with an example using this format.  

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True or False? More Small Steps for Differentiation

True or False? More Small Steps for Differentiation | Common Core | Scoop.it
If you've been following along, I've been on a mini mission to think of small ways that we can differentiate in our classrooms without having to create giant projects.  While giant projects are use...
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How Do You Eat an Elephant? Preparing for PARCC Writing, Part 2

How Do You Eat an Elephant? Preparing for PARCC Writing, Part 2 | Common Core | Scoop.it
How Do You Eat an Elephant? Preparing for PARCC Writing, Part 2 by Megan Hyland On November 7, I wrote Part 1 of this blog, which explained the first bite our school took as we began to “Eat an Ele...
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Educators Evaluating Quality Instructional Products | Achieve

EQuIP Call to Action

Achieve is seeking submissions of CCSS-aligned units for the EQuIP Call to Action.

Achieve is looking for educators and curriculum developers to submit units that focus on the areas identified by experts and practitioners that are listed below. For information on English language art/literacy see page 4 and for information on mathematics see page 7. The EQuIP Peer Review Panel will conduct reviews of submitted units to provide all developers with criterion-based feedback using the EQuIP rubrics and quality review process. Developers of units identified as Exemplars will receive an award of $1,500, as well as wide dissemination and recognition of their efforts. The Exemplars will be posted on both Achieve’s website and Student Achievement Partner’s website, www.achievethecore.org. Achieve will strive to raise awareness, visibility, and use of units identified as Exemplars. Achieve will encourage our partners, states and districts to make them available in their repositories or other platforms.


http://www.achieve.org/equip


http://www.achieve.org/files/EQuIP%20call%20to%20action-FINAL.pdf


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Encouraging Student Reflection through Unit Trackers

Encouraging Student Reflection through Unit Trackers | Common Core | Scoop.it
Encouraging Student Reflection through Unit Trackers by Bridget Adam As I add years and experience onto my teaching belt, I have become more reflective of my practice.   I challenge myself to try n...
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Common Core Reading Resource: Smithsonian Tween Tribune

Common Core Reading Resource: Smithsonian Tween Tribune | Common Core | Scoop.it

I’m always on the look out for great resources to support reading. While leading a training in Alaska this weekend, a participant mentioned The Smithsonian Tween (& Teen) Tribune. This free resource is a great place to grab informational and nonfiction texts written at various Lexile levels to support a wide range of reading abilities

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Differentiate in Small Steps: Give Them Two Problems

Differentiate in Small Steps: Give Them Two Problems | Common Core | Scoop.it
Differentiation is difficult. There is no doubt about it. I've been on a mission to find small ways to differentiate without stressing myself out, and without stressing out the teachers I work with...
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This is a great and easy idea for the classroom but I am trying to think of other captions for the problems other than "Happy" and "Stressful".  I want something that indicates "On Target" and "Challenge".  Hmmmmm...

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Using Graphic Organizers in Math to Increase Independence

Using Graphic Organizers in Math to Increase Independence | Common Core | Scoop.it
Using Graphic Organizers in Math to Increase Independence by Rachel Jacobsen As a special education teacher I am given the challenge to support those with some of the greatest obstacles to learning...
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ASCD Express 10.09 - Doing the Work of Historians

ASCD Express 10.09 - Doing the Work of Historians | Common Core | Scoop.it
Let's face facts: social studies has an image problem. I can count at least half a dozen times I've attended PD where the old "Saturday Night Live" skit with Jerry Seinfeld playing the stereotypical history teacher is trotted out. Even though it's a parody of our work, it also resonates with mainstream perceptions. When I tell people what I do, they frequently respond by telling me how much they hated their history classes— memorizing all those names and dates and enduring lectures and questions from the end of the chapter.
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Science is Reality: Seeing 6th Grade as the Foundation

Science is Reality: Seeing 6th Grade as the Foundation | Common Core | Scoop.it
Science is Reality: Seeing 6th Grade as the Foundation by Michaela Duggan These two phrases in the title are posted in the front and back of our 6th grade science classroom and are the basis for my...
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Student Talk Leads to Deeper Thinking

Student Talk Leads to Deeper Thinking | Common Core | Scoop.it
I witnessed this cool thing the other day, the thing that I keep on blogging about because I keep on seeing it over and over. I was in a second grade classroom where students were adding two digit ...
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Did You Know: What is Construct Validity? | PARCC

Construct validity is the degree to which a test measures what it claims to measure. For example, to determine if someone can drive a car, a test should include driving, which is the best way for a person to demonstrate their ability. Driving is the main construct, but driving is made up of many smaller constructs such as turning a corner, maneuvering in heavy traffic, and obeying the rules of the road. A driving test that only requires driving on a straight road without any traffic or traffic signals would have low construct validity. A better test would require entering and exiting a major highway during rush hour and parallel parking, because it is made up of multiple skills needed to drive.

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How and How Not to Prepare Students for the New Tests - Shanahan - 2014 - The Reading Teacher - Wiley Online Library

How and How Not to Prepare Students for the New Tests - Shanahan - 2014 - The Reading Teacher - Wiley Online Library | Common Core | Scoop.it
“Data-driven school reform” emphasizes the idea that if teachers analyze the kinds of questions students miss on standardized reading comprehension tests, and then give students lots of practice with such items, they will end up with higher test scores. This approach is likely to be popular with the new Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC; http://www.parcconline.org) and Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC; http://www.smarterbalanced.org) tests given their innovative item designs. However, research shows that reading comprehension tests do not measure these question-answering skills, but instead estimate how well students can read particular kinds of texts with understanding. PARCC and SBAC are pointedly avoiding making claims that their assessments will reveal whether students are meeting particular standards, but instead provide an overall estimate of reading comprehension. Various alternative approaches to improving achievement on these new tests are recommended.
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