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Should we tailor difficulty of a school text to child’s comfort level or make them sweat?

Should we tailor difficulty of a school text to child’s comfort level or make them sweat? | Common Core ELA_Literacy | Scoop.it

This example of leveling—adjusting the difficulty of text to suit the ability of the reader—comes courtesy of Newsela, an online reading program for students in grade three through high school that offers stories about current events “written to multiple levels of complexity.” Although Newsela went live less than 18 months ago, the notion of leveling students’ reading material goes back more than six decades. Today, technology is changing the nature of this long-established pedagogical practice. At the same time, proponents of the Common Core are raising new questions about the educational value of leveling, seconding the standards’ emphasis on having all students grapple with the same “complex texts.”


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Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's insight:

My thoughts: the Common Core does not promote having students read frustrating text all of the time. Indeed, the standards are about stretching our students' capacities but not at the risk of losing all motivation and curiosity to overbearing challenge. Balance is key to growing background knowledge, deepening reading comprehension (which depends on background knowledge), and strengthening reading persistence. Balance, please.

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Using History to Invigorate Common-Core Lessons

Using History to Invigorate Common-Core Lessons | Common Core ELA_Literacy | Scoop.it
Teachers should draw on historical texts to give life to the literacy objectives of the common-core standards, Stanford University's Sam Wineburg writes.

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Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's insight:

I regularly work with English and Social Studies Departments--comfortable with that because most of my teaching career was in a team-taught enviornment of those two disciplines. Yes, Social Studies can be the foundation of the shift from fiction to informational text. Just sayin'--they've been off the hook from the kind of scrutiny English departments have experienced in the last fifteen years. Some SS teachers embrace this new responsiblity and some shun the limelight.

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Close Reading Strategies, Rubrics, and Sample Assessments for History Teachers

Close Reading Strategies, Rubrics, and Sample Assessments for History Teachers | Common Core ELA_Literacy | Scoop.it

The University of Maryland, Baltimore County has an excellent resource for history teachers. The UMBC Assessment Resource Center for Historyoffers sample assessments based on readings from six eras in U.S. history. The assessments include multiple choice question and performance tasks based on close reading exercises. The performance task assessments include scoring rubrics, sample responses from students, and the documents that students need in order to complete the performance tasks. Click here (link opens PDF) for a sample performance task.

 


Via Deb Gardner
Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's insight:

These are the types of resources teachers need to support their implementation of Common Core Standards in the disciplines. Please share with social studies teachers!

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