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A timely Primer on PARCC ELA Item Types | Commo...

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A timely Primer on PARCC ELA Item Types on Common Core Online curated by Darren Burris (A timely Primer on PARCC ELA Item Types http://t.co/3oPNq92Lzi)...
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Nothing Gold Can Stay - Tackling Theme in Poetry and Fiction (Frost and Hinton)

Nothing Gold Can Stay - Tackling Theme in Poetry and Fiction (Frost and Hinton) | Common Core ELA_Literacy | Scoop.it
 Nothing Gold Can Stay by Kathleen Stern Recently, I revamped a poetry analysis lesson using feedback from the other Transition Fellows. I asked my seventh grade students to analyze the poem “Nothi...

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Education Performance Standards Vary Among States by as Much as Four Grade Levels #edchat #ccss #commoncore

Education Performance Standards Vary Among States by as Much as Four Grade Levels #edchat #ccss #commoncore | Common Core ELA_Literacy | Scoop.it
According to a new study by the American Institutes for Research, the states reporting the highest percentage of proficient students have the lowest performance standards.
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The central idea here is not surprising nor are the categories of the states mentioned. The value here is in the research method. Measuring all states, standards, and outcomes by a uniform metric is what Americans need to see and understand. Yes, states need autonomy but citizens have rights. Children cannot choose the state they live in; therefore, states have the responsibility to see that regardless of zip code, students receive high-quality educations comminsurate
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Three states take lead on Common Core, but are they moving too fast?

Three states take lead on Common Core, but are they moving too fast? | Common Core ELA_Literacy | Scoop.it
New Jersey, Maryland, and Washington State are among the first states to tie graduation to new Common Core tests. But critics say kinks still need to be worked out.
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I was working in a New Jersey High School yesterday. The topic of PARCC Assessment tied to graduation requirements was steaming. Teachers are rightfully concerned about enacted policy putting assessment requirement before national norming. A young person's future should not be a pawn in this experiment. I favor #CCSS and #PARCC but the assessments need to be proven in the field before they become the benchmark for a diploma.
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Common Core: Students Explore Academic Vocabulary

Common Core: Students Explore Academic Vocabulary | Common Core ELA_Literacy | Scoop.it
The Common Core Standards state that college and career ready students must, "acquire and use accurately a range of general academic and domain-specific words."  In addition, students need to "demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when encountering an unknown term important to
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Your middle schooler and Common Core

Your middle schooler and Common Core | Common Core ELA_Literacy | Scoop.it
The new standards may change how your child experiences reading, math, and writing. Get the lowdown on what will — and won't — be emphasized in class.

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Evidence!


"Parents can expect to hear the word “evidence” a lot under the new Common Core State Standards — beginning in the earliest grades. As the standards are rolled out in schools across the country, even very young children will be expected to provide evidence to demonstrate how they know what they know. In kindergarten, for example, students may “show evidence” by pointing to pictures in a book they’re reading. In math, they may stack blocks to show that three plus three equals six. By the fourth grade, kids will be asked to write argument papers with multiple reasons for their opinion, each with concrete pieces of evidence."

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E. D. Hirsch Interview - YouTube

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In the early to mid 1990s, I worked with a team of cross disciplinary teachers to develop a two-year curriculum grounded in cultural literacy with an emphasis on literacies: reading, yes, but alos technology, speaking and listening. This video may help viewers more fully  understand the history and importance of cultural literacy.

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Many Districts Lagging on Implementing Common Core, Survey Finds

Many Districts Lagging on Implementing Common Core, Survey Finds | Common Core ELA_Literacy | Scoop.it
A new report claims "the future of the common core remains uncertain at this important juncture" because many districts are not yet fully prepared to impart the new academic expectations in reading and math.
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Common Core tests now a ticket out of college remedial classes

Common Core tests now a ticket out of college remedial classes | Common Core ELA_Literacy | Scoop.it
A new agreement among the state's public colleges will raise the value of a couple of Washington's high-school exams.
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I believe this makes two states wherein #CCSS assessment has collegiate implications. Hopefully, more state universities will get onboard!
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Reading Is About More Than 'Evidence'

Reading Is About More Than 'Evidence' | Common Core ELA_Literacy | Scoop.it
When students approach reading as only an exercise in seeking out evidence, as the common core recommends, they risk missing out on the value of reading for intrinsic literary value, writes Mia Hood.
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It was warm July day when I met David Coleman he claimed his now infamous statement: “As you grow up in this world you realize that people really don’t give a shit about what you feel or what you think… it is rare in a working environment that someone says, ‘Johnson I need a market analysis by Friday but before that I need a compelling account of your childhood.’ That is rare” (captured on this YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pu6lin88YXU). Reading is more than evidence, but perhaps Coleman has been generally misunderstood--everyone is jumping on this statement and the references to close reading and the four corners of the text, but the standards are not describing affective reading. Could they? Perhaps it would have been "nice" had they included joy of reading or pleasure in reading, but how would that be measured and by whose yardstick. As I read this piece in EdWeek, David Coleman's words reverberate in my ear and by connecting the text to my recollections and my academic understandings of affective value to reading comprehension, I posit that I could legitimately invoke the YouTube text within performance task that allows me to support my personal feelings with intellectual evidence and substantiate my agreement with the author. Oh, yes...a bit more work than just saying "She took my thought." But much more the fulfillment of my own actualization.

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Shanahan on Literacy: Final Notes on Washington Post Article on Complex Text Requirements

Shanahan on Literacy: Final Notes on Washington Post Article on Complex Text Requirements | Common Core ELA_Literacy | Scoop.it
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Writing Rubrics | Partner in Education

Writing Rubrics | Partner in Education | Common Core ELA_Literacy | Scoop.it

Dr. Dea’s popular grade-level rubrics come with both a teacher friendly scoring guide and a student friendly reflection checklist. The rubrics are aligned to Common Core ELA/Literacy Standards and PARCC’s July 2014 revised rubric for PBA assessment scoring. One single grade-level rubric can be used for argument, informative/explanatory, and narrative writing. Dr. Dea has also added to the rubric the Common Core Language Standards specific at each grade level. Teachers can use that list as a reminder of what kinds of grammatical structures to teach and evaluate in application during the unit instruction.

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Check out my series of Common Core aligned Writing Rubrics grades K-12. The rubric sets contain both an analytic rubric intended for teacher assessment of student writing AND a student reflection checklist (equally appreciated by teachers!). The rubrics are designed to measure the first three writing standards: argument/opinion, inform/explain, and narrative.

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Did You Know......that assessments are an integral and important part of instruction? PARCC

Some people have asked why it's worth using class time for students to take assessments. After all, time is the scarcest resource in schools.

We agree! That's why it's so important to maximize the value of every classroom hour. High quality assessments efficiently measure what students know and can do, and then allow teachers to adjust instruction accordingly, resulting in the best use of classroom time. Teachers know that good assessments are an integral part of instruction, not a break from instruction.

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My suggestion: build PARCC-like assessment into everyday instruction and evaluation. Ask questions that require text-based responses and expect students to provide that support. Ask questions that have more than one right answer and wait for students to find multiple responses with text support. Listen while students explain the relationships of graphs, maps, charts, etc. to print text, don't treat illustrations as add-ons. More time, yes...but worth the investment!

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Flipping the Classroom ... with note-taking

Flipping the Classroom ... with note-taking | Common Core ELA_Literacy | Scoop.it
Flipping the Classroom ... with note-taking by Christine Schepeler Notes in science can be very scaffolded.  In 7th grade we start the year off with very basic note taking skills: copying down note...

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The examples come from science, but these strategies are applicable across disciplines.

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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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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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New America Education Policy Brief: The Case Against Exit Exams

New America Education Policy Brief: The Case Against Exit Exams | Common Core ELA_Literacy | Scoop.it
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Compelling data and discussion regarding high school exit exams tied to PARCC & SBAC assessments.
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Educational Leadership:Common Core: Now What?:Closing in on Close Reading

Educational Leadership:Common Core: Now What?:Closing in on Close Reading | Common Core ELA_Literacy | Scoop.it

The Common Core standards suggest several genres of short text, both literary and informational, that can work at the elementary level. Many kinds of traditional literature—folktales, legends, myths, fables, as well as short stories, poetry, and scenes from plays—enable and reward close reading. For informational works, try short articles, biographies, personal narratives, and even some easier primary-source materials, such as Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech, the preamble to the U.S. Constitution, or sayings fromPoor Richard's Almanac. Appendix B of the Common Core State Standards notes numerous picture books that can be used with younger readers. Because children's listening comprehension outpaces their reading comprehension in the early grades, it's important that your students build knowledge through being read to as well as through independent reading, with the balance gradually shifting to silent, independent reading.

When students are learning a process, such as how to search for a recurring theme, reading short texts allows them to make more passes through the entire sequence of a text. It could take weeks or even months to read through a 100-page novel to identify a theme or concepts related to the text as a whole. A short text of a page or two can be digested in one lesson.


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Too many people are on the close reading bandwagon. On the other hand, there is a need to teach readers how to search for, state, and explain/support a deep analysis of a WORTHY text. 

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Cindy Riley Klages's curator insight, September 27, 9:11 PM

Elementary Teachers, we can't wait until middle school....

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Guides To Help Students Make Appropriate Citations and Bibliographies

Guides To Help Students Make Appropriate Citations and Bibliographies | Common Core ELA_Literacy | Scoop.it
EasyBib helps educators provide students with the tools they need to do credible and ethical research, while allowing them to track student progress and understanding before they hand in their final paper. EasyBib has also been recently integrated into Google Docs allowing  students to easily and properly cite their resources with one single click.

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Sally Tilley's curator insight, October 12, 5:28 PM

Such an important habit to establish in all learners, great to hear it's integrated into google docs!

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McHenry County schools adjusting curriculum to Common Core standards - Northwest Herald

McHenry County schools adjusting curriculum to Common Core standards - Northwest Herald | Common Core ELA_Literacy | Scoop.it
McHenry County schools adjusting curriculum to Common Core standards Northwest Herald Despite the push from politicians and pundits to have Illinois and more than 40 other states delay the Common Core, the rigorous standards merely help districts...
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Here is the message: the Common Core are standards and not curriculum. Teachers still have autonomy in the classroom. Thank you. 

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The Common Core: A Good Journey

The Common Core: A Good Journey | Common Core ELA_Literacy | Scoop.it
I am a teacher, and I support the Common Core State Standards. These days it feels like I need to keep this to myself. The Common Core seems like everyone's favorite initiative to hate, but exactly who are the critics?
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I appreciate the author's confession at the end of her blog. She believes the Common Core is the right move for teaching and learning but admits she'd rather be doing something else...read and see what she says. The point: what we want to do and what we need to do are often competing forces. The professional chooses the right direction. 

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Jindal says Common Core critics need legal protection

Jindal says Common Core critics need legal protection | Common Core ELA_Literacy | Scoop.it
Gov. Bobby Jindal took the unusual step of issuing an executive order Wednesday against what he called unfair efforts by school leaders to hush teachers who oppose Common
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The Common Core Standards for ELA / Literacy speak repeatedly to the value of argument, diversity of positions, considerations of multiple perspectives. To think those who are inclined to voice opposition to the standards is antithetical to their intent. What they do seek is strong evidence and logical thinking. I read MUCH that opposes the standards on the behalf and through the voices of educators as well as pundits and politicians. Is Jindal's executive act a social necessity or broadway staging? 

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What Happened to the Common Core?

What Happened to the Common Core? | Common Core ELA_Literacy | Scoop.it

The Common Core. Just last year, according to a Gallup poll, most Americans had never heard of the Common Core State Standards Initiative, or "Common Core," new guidelines for what kids in grades K–12 should be able to accomplish in reading, writing, and math....

Amity Conkright, Ed.M.'11, has worked more closely with the new standards than most: She is an ELA Common Core curriculum writer for the Lake Elsinore Unified School District in California. She, too, is an unabashed proponent.

"Common Core requires a greater rigor than we've seen in the past, with more text complexity, and the reading levels have increased," she says. "It also highlights skills you are going to need in real life — technical skills, writing skills. I think they've upped the game."

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How to kill reading achievement | The Thomas B. Fordham Institute

How to kill reading achievement | The Thomas B. Fordham Institute | Common Core ELA_Literacy | Scoop.it
There’s more to Common Core than “close reading.” Robert Pondiscio
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I attended a literacy conference this weekend and the vendors were all clamoring about how their publications (anthologies and basals) supported close reading. Problem: I couldn't find a vendor who knew what close reading was much less of its history in New Criticism. I don't know...if someone's going to sell me something (other than a bill of goods), I want them to at least know the gist. Most of what I see related to close reading isn't much different from the conventional questions at the end of the chapter or the end of a literary text. The difference: publishers have ask students to "do those questions" while they are reading and/or annotate alongside the margin. Those kinds of questions killed my love of reading...and I avoided replicating that experience (like one avoids contact the plague) in my teaching.

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Primary Sources, Third Edition | Scholastic Inc.

Primary Sources, Third Edition | Scholastic Inc. | Common Core ELA_Literacy | Scoop.it
America's Teachers on Teaching in an Era of Change, a project of Scholastic and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
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In my travel & work with teachers, the % of educators who feel prepared is a bit high--doing it; their sense of preparedness is coming through daily and weekly of planning.
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Common Core calls for kids to read books that ‘frustrate’ them. Is that a good idea?

Common Core calls for kids to read books that ‘frustrate’ them. Is that a good idea? | Common Core ELA_Literacy | Scoop.it
Does the Common Core's approach to teaching reading to children make sense?
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Did you read Tim Shanahan's blog this week? In it, he takes issue with a COMMEnT left by a reader "TopGear" following this WP article.  The article itself penned by Russ Walsh is a response to Carol Burris's request for an informed review of research presented to her as the basis for Common Core pedagogy. The research was provided to Burris by Mike Pettrilli following their mid-September debate on the efficacy of the #CCSS. In reality, this article fuels the current nationwide debate.  

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Top 12 Resources for Educators | PARCC

Top 12 Resources for Educators | PARCC | Common Core ELA_Literacy | Scoop.it

PARCC has created a list of valuable resources for educators. Be sure to download and share with your colleagues today.  


1. Professional Development Modules

2. Educator Leader Cadre Portal

3. Model Content Frameworks

4. Performance Level Descriptors

5. Text Complexity Worksheets

6. Blueprints and Evidence Statement Tables

7. Practice Tests and Computer Based Sample Items

8. Technology Tutorial

9. Instructional Leaders Toolkit – coming soon!

10. PTA Parents' Guide to Student Success

11. Customized Learning Objects

12. Follow PARCC on Twitter

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This is PARCC's order of presentation...many listed are among my favorite PARCC tools, but not in this order.