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What is PARCC?

An overview of the upcoming implementation of PARCC in MCPS.
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The Common Core State Standards and Text Complexity

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The Common Core State Standards focus on increasing text complexity. What does that mean? How can we address that in the classroom?

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Patrice Bucci's curator insight, March 5, 2013 7:17 AM

Teachers need multiple texts on a single topic in order to scaffold children as they climb their way up the text complexity staircase.

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Scaffolding Text Complexity for At-Risk Readers

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A DISTRICT PERSPECTIVE: SCAFFOLDING TEXT COMPLEXITY FOR AT-RISK READERS
by Tara Boyer

 

Perhaps the increased rigor of the common core will help us to eradicate the gap between those students who are reading at grade level and those who are not.

 

Even so, the process will not be immediate.

 

And while I support the common core, I also realize that not all students will be able to read independently at the lowest level of the text bands without scaffolding, let alone at the high end of the text bands.


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Ted Caron's comment, September 25, 2012 11:14 PM
The second "scaffolding" section presents a list of helpful interventions for at-risk readers. Having said this, it's unclear, at least at this point, the extent to which such interventions (e.g. providing a summary or vocabulary in advance of a reading) undermine the value of reading a complex text in the first place. Of all the interventions, small group or one-to-one instruction--complete with interactive or divided notes and a list of prepared and VERY text-specific questions--may be the most effective and appropriate intervention of all, provided that we have the resources and time to give.
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wwwatanabe: Vivid Vocabulary, Common Core, & Tech Integration Tools

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RPMs's curator insight, June 22, 2013 8:53 PM

Note the resources and/or tools that are referenced.

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Close Read Complex Text, and Annotate with Diigo

Close Read Complex Text, and Annotate with Diigo | Common Core ELA and Social Studies | Scoop.it

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ratzelster's curator insight, May 31, 2013 8:07 AM

This article, that Darren B scooped, is very interested and very practical.  I'd love to persue Diigo with my students...I've always had trouble getting it to work with our school filter.  But it might b time to try it again because this is really close reading technique digital style!

ratzelster's comment, May 31, 2013 8:08 AM
Think it might b time to try and get the school filer to work with Diigo. Espeically since close reading in science requires lots of annotation if students are to ever understand more complex text articles.
Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's curator insight, May 31, 2013 8:56 AM

I think this may go without saying, but these are the steps to teaching close reading not close reading in and of itself. Eventually, we all know, kids need to be able to go throught steps and thinking required of close reading independently. 

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Introducing ... The Common Core: ELA

This is a basic overview of The Common Core, for workshop presentations in Massachusetts

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Classroom Freebies: Common Core ELA Standards Simplified and Explained!

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Common Core ELA Standards Simplified and Explained!

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Quick Guide to the Common Core ELA Standards

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English Language Arts
The text is more complex.The text covers a wider range of genres and formats.There is a greater emphasis on evidence-based questioning.Students are exposed to more authentic text.Shared responsibility for students' literacy development.Focus on academic vocabulary.

 


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WOW - Hyperlinked list of all (available) Common Core ELA Text Exemplars!


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Elizabeth Sky-McIlvain's curator insight, March 5, 2013 11:14 AM

downloads a .pdf - this will save lots of time, both in reading through the Standards and then in locating the exemplars.  Available means FREE online. Also provides you with some sense of scope and sequence - draw from high and low, if you wish - question choices - meet some old friends.

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Common Core ELA: Answers to top 10 teacher questions

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Common Core Practice | Pigs, Cicadas and Wrestling

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The students in the New Jersey humanities classes with whom we collaborate for this feature start each day reading and writing about The Times.


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New Close Reading Exemplars Offered by Achieve the Core

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Demonstrating a rigorous approach to close reading with text-dependent questions, our 21 lesson exemplars, written by teachers, each contain full materials for up to five lessons, including printable texts, student discussion activities and writing-based assessments. To simplify your search, we've separated them into fiction and nonfiction and organized them by grade.

We're happy to share ten new sample lessons based on the following popular texts:

The Wind - grades K-2 fiction"The Digestive Process Beings" and "Final Digestion and Absorption" - grade 7 nonfictionMy Mother, the Scientist - grade 7 nonfictionThe Omnivore's Dilemma: The Secrets Behind What You Eat - grade 7 nonfictionAs You Like It - grade 7 fictionRomeo and Juliet - grade 8 fiction1984 - grade 8 fictionDulce et Decorum Est - grade 8 fictionI am an American Day - grades 11-12 nonfictionThe Gospel of Wealth - grades 11-12 nonfiction
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RPMs's curator insight, June 22, 2013 8:56 PM

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Scaffolding for Deep Understanding

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How do we help novice learners become more expert? Peter Skillen uses collaborative journal writing environments to move kids beyond social talk into deeper thinking.

Skillen begins this post by comparing novice learners and expert learners. He states (all quoted below):

* Novices typically don't plan, monitor, and reflect on their learning.

* Expert learners use 'multiple representations."

* Novices typically don't generate a number of potential solution strategies.

* Novices engage in 'knowledge telling' rather than 'knowledge transformation.'

* Expert learners make multiple passes at knowledge.

* Experts view 'mistakes' as opportunities.

There are two additional statements and each includes additonal information.

He then looks at scaffolded journal writing and provides a variety of sentence starters to help students move "along the continuum from novice to expert." You will find Planning Starters, Reflection Starters, Comment or Discussion Starters, and Elaboration Triggers.

The final portion of this post discusses challenges, and the need "to engage your students in developing their own sentence starters."


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iTeach. iCoach. iBlog.: Five close reading strategies to support the Common Core

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RPMs's curator insight, June 22, 2013 8:49 PM

Close Reading Strategies

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wwwatanabe: Common Core: Addressing Text Complexity through Digital Resources

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RPMs's curator insight, June 22, 2013 8:59 PM

This posting addresses AR and text complexity.

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Common Core: Six Fundamental Shifts in ELA Curriculum Design « Critical Thinking « Critical Thinking Works

Common Core: Six Fundamental Shifts in ELA Curriculum Design « Critical Thinking « Critical Thinking Works | Common Core ELA and Social Studies | Scoop.it
Within these Common Core standards are six fundamental shifts that all educators (not just English teachers!) need to understand.
Balance Literacy and Informational TextBuild Background KnowledgeProvide a "Staircase of Complexity"Provide text-based evidenceArgumentative WritingUse increasingly complex textBuild Academic VocabularyConventions of Standard English
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Common Core Technology for ELA

This presentation was given at Chicago Public Schools Tech Talk 2012 on how technology is integrated into the Common Core State Standards.

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Deb Gardner's curator insight, January 3, 2013 2:47 PM

Helpful resource as technology standards in the ELA CCSS are identified and further explored in light of the NETS (National Educational Technology Standards).

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ELA Common Core graphic organizers

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My county has new unit overviews based of the Core Curriculum that are fantastic! I might be biased because I helped write them with a great group of educators :) You can check them out here: Manatee County Curriculum, ...


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ELA Lesson Sequence for the Common Core: Saying More With Less | transformED

ELA Lesson Sequence for the Common Core: Saying More With Less | transformED | Common Core ELA and Social Studies | Scoop.it

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ELA Common Core Planning Templates

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These lesson planning templates have drop-down menus for all the CCSS as well as checkboxes for strategies. Click on each to see larger image and to download the file. (Download free CCSS one pagers-all ccss on 1 pg for quick reference.

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Six or Seven Text Pairings Implied by Common Core ELA Standards?

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If you are a regular reader of my blog, you know that I posted a blog several days ago entitled Six Text Type Pairings for Critical Thinking & Common Core Success. However, among the documents published April 30, 2013 on thePARCC website is a PowerPoint entitled “PARCC ELA Passage Selection Guidelines” within which is a entitled “Standards Call for Seven Types of Paired Passages” (slide 14) that are demanded in adherence to the Common Core ELA/Literacy Standards.


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Suzy Cutbirth's curator insight, May 20, 2013 4:18 PM

One "rule of thumb" that I offer teachers that I work with is never present a piece of text in isolation. Bringing in another piece of text or media resource with a different perspective on a shared concept or theme automatically ups the rigor of discussion. Our brains immediately jump to comparing and constrasting, an analysis activity. When supported and cultivated by effective instructional practices, students are guided to the threshhold to higher order thinking.

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Kid And Parent Friendly Common Core Standards For Middle School and High School |

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Middle School and High School Kid-Friendly Printable Common Core Standards. Great for parents too!

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