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Learning to Think: A Foundation for Analysis

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Teaching students how to think and analyze are important goals of today's teacher. See how one high school teacher uses a two day lesson to get students to analyze texts and develop more critical ways of thinking.

Via Tracee Orman, Mary Reilley Clark
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So many good videos on this website. This lesson reminded me of one I typcially taught as my students moved into analytic literary research. Like Wessling, I would work with students to generate a list of all the aspects within a piece of literature that one could analyze throughout the text. And the, I would ask them to choose two or three and explore not only how they found the aspects interacting, but what literary critics before them said about the text's development in those areas.

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Tracee Orman's curator insight, August 11, 2013 2:35 PM

Shared from J. Thomas Son (https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/112943872543002560084/stream/e150876e-4abf-49f6-8bb7-a63b6a149617), here's a great critical-thinking exercise.

Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, January 8, 2014 1:42 PM

This video would be great for professional development. It's short enough to share during an hour long PD session, leaving time to discuss and create ideas for implementing in the classroom.  

Nalya Ovshieva's curator insight, October 25, 2014 4:48 PM

A great way of thinking - looking for concrete and conceptual patterns, and then draw conclusions.. 

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Shanahan on Literacy: Report Cards and Standards

Shanahan on Literacy: Report Cards and Standards | Common Core ELA_Literacy | Scoop.it
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Many schools are moving to standards-based report cards. Tim Shanahan offers several good tips in today's blog post. Well worth the read!
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Introduction to Open Educational Resources | Achieve the Core Aligned Materials

Introduction to Open Educational Resources | Achieve the Core Aligned Materials | Common Core ELA_Literacy | Scoop.it

OER are resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others. The Creative Commons suite of open licenses are the ones you will come across most frequently. Open content licenses determine the extent to which users are granted the following important rights (the 5 Rs):

  1. Retain – the right to store and control copies of the content
  2. Reuse – the right to use the content in a wide range of ways
  3. Revise – the right to adapt, adjust, modify, or alter the content itself
  4. Remix – the right to combine the original or revised content with other open content to create something new
  5. Redistribute – the right to share copies of the original
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Need ideas for implementing Common Core? Look down

Need ideas for implementing Common Core? Look down | Common Core ELA_Literacy | Scoop.it
SmartBlog on Education will shine a light on back-to-school teaching and learning trends during July. In this blog post, educational leadership professor M
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#ILA15: Monday Finale

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The general session that began Monday's learning at #ILA15 was notable!  Stephen Peters shared that "My teacher thought I was smarter than I was, so I was!" To learn more about him, check out his b...

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Fran has been blogging daily on her time at #ILA. She writes in detail about each session she attends --and she chose great sessions--all speakers are the most current thought leaders & practitioners. Most gave authored books and are active Twitter users.

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Fran has been blogging daily on her time at #ILA. She writes in detail about each session she attends --and she chose great sessions--all speakers are the most current thought leaders & practitioners. Most gave authored books and are active Twitter users.
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5 Reading Response Activities to Invite Higher Thinking

5 Reading Response Activities to Invite Higher Thinking | Common Core ELA_Literacy | Scoop.it
Marilyn Pryle shares five reading response activities to help students interact with texts in creative ways that require even higher levels of understanding.
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A New Definition of Rigor

A New Definition of Rigor | Common Core ELA_Literacy | Scoop.it
Rigor doesn't simply mean giving students more or harder work. Instead, it's the result of work that challenges students' thinking in new and interesting ways.
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NoRedInk makes learning grammar fun and easy

NoRedInk makes learning grammar fun and easy | Common Core ELA_Literacy | Scoop.it
A fun way to practice and master grammar & writing skills!
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I don't usually post what I see as advertisements or gimmicks to lure teachers into what may later become a "fee for service." However, this enticed me so I thought I'd share.

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Common Core Standards Related to Technology & Digital Media

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Every Common Core Standard Related to Technology and Digital Media Assembled by Ben Rimes, K-12 Instructional Technology Coordinator, Mattawan Consolidated School last updated: Feb 27th, 2014 This document now has a companion document titled “Instructional...

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If you are looking for digital references in the Common Core, this document is handy. Click on the title link and you will be taken to a Creative Commons doc with links to the specific standards referencing technology/digital media.

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Oregon governor signs Smarter Balanced opt-out law | Local | The Register-Guard | Eugene, Oregon

Oregon governor signs Smarter Balanced opt-out law | Local | The Register-Guard | Eugene, Oregon | Common Core ELA_Literacy | Scoop.it

"Brushing aside critics, Democratic Gov. Kate Brown has signed a bill that lets parents more easily opt their children out of new standardized education tests based on Common Core standards.

"The move on Monday came despite pressure not to do so from federal education officials, who said the policy could jeopardize about $140 million of Oregon’s annual federal funding. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan personally called Brown in late May to talk about the bill.

"But in a prepared statement, Brown said the bill would require teachers and school administrators to “engage with parents about the value of assessment and the potential consequences if parents opt out and student participation diminishes.”

Brown says she will monitor situation to ensure federal government does not withhold money from Oregon

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More responsibility beyond teaching is being thrust onto to schools by government. Federal government has long set mandated levels for required testing tying participation rates to funding; now Oregon's  state government will require schools to not only send a letter to parents with guidelines on how to "opt out" but also require schools to convince parents to "opt in." Why can't government take control of their own mandates instead of shifting the responsibility to schools?

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Duval schools will switch from textbooks to online printouts for elementary math, reading next year

Duval schools will switch from textbooks to online printouts for elementary math, reading next year | Common Core ELA_Literacy | Scoop.it
The move to a new curriculum will save Duval's schools $10 million and is expected to help children meet tougher academic standards.
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Although this practice may seem on the fringes today, tomorrow moving from hard-bound curriculum to on-line accessed materials printed for "just-in-time" applications will be the norm. Why do I suggest that? With the work that Open Education Resources (OER) is doing, not only will EngageNY be a powerful contender against conventional textbook publishers, but will a variety of open-resource vendors, both not-for-profit and for-profit entities.

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Inspired By Serial, Teens Create Podcasts As A Final Exam

Inspired By Serial, Teens Create Podcasts As A Final Exam | Common Core ELA_Literacy | Scoop.it

In the months leading up to the final exam, 10th grade teacher Alexa Schlechter struggled. She’s an English teacher — an educator of stories told through the written word. But instead of focusing solely on classic books read in the 10th grade, she and her students at Norwalk High School in Connecticut were immersed in a teenage story about murder, set in the 1990s, detailed in blog posts, communicated in audio: Serial, the hit podcast from the producers of This American Life.

After spending months listening to Serial and talking about it as a class, a two-hour sit-down final seemed pointless, irrelevant and an inaccurate gauge of all the learning that had taken place throughout the year. But learning as we know it in schools must be assessed. How else would adults know what kids have learned? So Alexa pursued an end-of-year assessment, possibly worthy of MailChimp (Mail Khimp?), in the form of a podcast.

While driving to school one day, thinking about Serial host Sarah Koenig’s frustrating evolution over the course of the series, Schlechter had what she calls an “aha moment.” Her students would draw on the skills they learned while listening to and studying Serial. They would work in groups (imagine Koenig, Dana Chivvis, Julie Snyder, the engineer who came up with their theme song, Ira Glass). Students would create a series of podcasts told from the point of view of a memoirist they’d read earlier in the year, such as Alice Sebold.

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From the article, this would seem to be a well-integrated Common Core assessment--moving among and within various standards as teachers and learners experience growth in human understanding and skills with the intricacies of technology.

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English Class in Common Core Era: ‘Tom Sawyer’ and Court Opinions

English Class in Common Core Era: ‘Tom Sawyer’ and Court Opinions | Common Core ELA_Literacy | Scoop.it
The standards, which have been adopted by more than 40 states, mandated many changes to traditional teaching, but one of the most basic was a call for students to read more nonfiction.

"In Harrison, N.Y., 10th graders read articles about bipolar disorder and the adolescent brain to help them analyze Holden Caulfield. In Springdale, Ark., ninth graders studying excerpts from “The Odyssey” also read sections of the G.I. Bill of Rights, and a congressional resolution on its 60th anniversary, to connect the story of Odysseus to the challenges of modern-day veterans. After eighth graders in Naples, Fla., read how Tom Sawyer duped other boys into whitewashing a fence for him, they follow it with an op-ed article on teenage unemployment.

"In the Common Core era, English class looks a little different.

The Common Core standards, which have been adopted by more than 40 states, mandated many changes to traditional teaching, but one of the most basic was a call for students to read more nonfiction. The rationale is that most of what students will be expected to read in college and at work will be informational, rather than literary, and that American students have not been well prepared to read those texts."

Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's insight:

Shortening the Beowulf excerpt assigned to students is probably among the smartest decision a teacher could make. Indeed, I could interest my students in the text, but their interest did not deepen their understanding of the culture from which it came. And how could it? Although I can imagine life in the Anglo-Saxon past, I will never be sure how close my imagination is to the reality and in reality, it doesn't matter. But modern texts paired with the canon can help kids understand the importance of traditions and cultures across the sweeping bias of  time.

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Rebooting Alignment

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Building units of study around Common Core standards, instead of tagging on standards to units of study already written, is the key for teachers to demonstrate that their curriculum is truly standards aligned.  It might mean pushing curriculum that is two, three, or fifteen years old, into being overhauled; however, through this process, teachers will become fully immersed in the standards and will feel a new sense of purpose in pushing student learning to meet the rigor of the new standards.  I will be challenging my teachers to one task over the summer: can you start from the standards, and build a refreshed unit based solely on students acquiring the skills needed to master the standards chosen?"

Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's insight:

Yes, yes, yes!! We need to be building our units on the foundation of the Common Core Standards, not just reading through existing outcomes and labeling them with number of the standard associated with remotely related skills. Yes, this will take time, but the outcomes will be richer for having thoughtfully designed truly aligned lessons and assessments that teach, reinforce, apply, and assess the valuable skills the standards describe.

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When it comes to the Common Core, we should “teach to the test”—and no, there’s nothing wrong with that! - The Hechinger Report

When it comes to the Common Core, we should “teach to the test”—and no, there’s nothing wrong with that! - The Hechinger Report | Common Core ELA_Literacy | Scoop.it
Dear Carol, With the school year behind us, I’ve been reflecting on our six-month long exchange. While we disagree on the merits of the Common Core standards, we share a passion for public education and the future of our students as well as a concern for the issues that threaten the future of public education. …
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#ILA15: Sunday Treasures

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What learning treasures did I find on a Sunday in St. Louis at #ILA15? 1. "I Hate Reading:  Strategies Transforming Negative Self-Perceptions into Confidence Justin Stygles I find Justin's work wit...
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In this post, @franmcveigh features what she learned Sunday by attending sessions by Justin Stygles, Jan Miller Burkins and Kim Yaris, Chris Lehman, Tanny McGregor and and Dave Stuart at the International Literacy Association's 2015 conference. Fran shares links, insights, and images.  

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Worldmapper: The world as you've never seen it before

Worldmapper: The world as you've never seen it before | Common Core ELA_Literacy | Scoop.it
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The Common Core Standards ask students to compare multiple texts (Reading Standard 9), analyze & evaluate arguments (Reading Standard 8), and write either explanatory/informational responses or arguments (Writing Standards 1 & 2) about findings. These maps provide a unique way to understand texts., compare data, and justify claims.
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Shanahan on Literacy: Disciplinary Vocabulary

Shanahan on Literacy: Disciplinary Vocabulary | Common Core ELA_Literacy | Scoop.it
Basically, disciplinary literacy refers to specialized texts and ways of using literacy in the disciplines. Historians, mathematicians, literary critics, and scientists read and write differently because they create different kinds of knowledge and rely on different kinds of evidence.
            Content literacy, on the other hand, is about teaching reading using subject matter texts, and the emphasis is on the use of general reading or study skills in different classes or in different kinds of books.
            But what about vocabulary?
            Learning vocabulary will be pretty much the same, no matter what field of study we are talking about. Memorizing a word is no different in a third-grade social studies class or in medical school.
            Helping kids to learn words means focusing on deep or extensive definitions, intensive and varied repetition of the words, examining relationships among words, making personal connections to words, and lots of review. 
Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's insight:

To Shanahan's discussion, I would add the term technical vocabulary which refers to vocabulary with multiple applications--as both Tier 2 and Tier 3 words--but in the context studied is being applied in the Tier 3 domain. For instance, if I use the word "surge" as a reference to a crowd pressing the line at a Grateful Dead concert, I am using it in a Tier 2 reference; however, if my electrician references the word "surge" in diagnosing an issue with my meter function, s/he is using it as a technical term. On the other hand, a word like "capacitor" is a Tier 3 disciplinary or domain word and rarely used beyond the literal meaning as applied to the field of electricity. 

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What do students need to know to be “proficient” in reading and math? It depends on where they live.

What do students need to know to be “proficient” in reading and math? It depends on where they live. | Common Core ELA_Literacy | Scoop.it
A new federal report released Thursday found a huge variation in how states defined "proficiency" on their 2013 standardized tests.
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Among the goals of the #CommonCore Standards was to alleviate the disparity of teaching and learning across the nation. The dismemberment of standards by some states and the movement away from focused testing increases the risk of continued disparities in learning among students.  

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A Call to Action! Submit a Unit for EQuIP Peer Review! | Partner in Education

A Call to Action! Submit a Unit for EQuIP Peer Review! | Partner in Education | Common Core ELA_Literacy | Scoop.it

his spring, Achieve posted the EQuIP Call to Action offering $1500 to individuals and/or groups who could write an exemplar unit (evaluated using the EQuIP review process). As one of 84 EQuIP reviewers I have had the opportunity to review submissions and work directly with unit designers as they honed their instructional materials to better fit the call and evaluation tool. The spring call ended in June but Achieve continues to search for lessons and units of excellence that will be posted on their website to be shared with teachers across the country (click here forProcess & Guidelines for Submissions to the EQuIP Peer Review Panel).

The requirements of an Achieve call are specific—both in terms of standards content and in terms of design. Although the reviewers are format agnostic (units can use the LDC template, the UbD template, or even a local unit template), the submission must meet the standards prescribed and the criteria described in the four-part EQuIP Rubric. For example, the spring ELA call asked designers to focus on one specific area of need among three identified by a nationwide expert panel of  Common Core literacy specialists: 1). units for supporting English Language Learners; 2). units supporting Speaking & Listening Lessons; 4). units integrating quality content and literacy, “Topical Reading and Writing.”

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August portends another opportunity to earn $1500 for the writing of an exemplar standards-based unit. I have it from a very reliable source that Achieve is considering the issue of another call to action for standards-based units written for math and ELA/Literacy topics. Stay tuned by either following me on Twitter @DoctorDea or subscribing to my blog: www.partnerinedu.com

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Grading the Common Core: No Teaching Experience Required

Grading the Common Core: No Teaching Experience Required | Common Core ELA_Literacy | Scoop.it
Testing groups point to strict training and criteria for Common Core grading, but the use of temps for increasingly complex tests is being questioned.
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I'm weighing in here...in my opinion, scoring Common Core assessments shouldn't require teaching experience. A college degree and assessment training is sufficient for scorers to effectively score student work. Instructional pedagogy and/or a background in education has nothing to do with using a rubric in order to precisely evaluate student work. Doctors aren't in pharmacies overseeing the process of prescriptions being filled; engineers don't work onsite as homes are built, roads are constructed or vehicles maintained. These labors are carried out be those trained to follow prescriptive guidelines and make educated decision as needed.  I agree, it would be beneficial for teachers' own edifications if they participated in the scoring of Common Core assessments, but students are not being put at risk or undervalued because their work is being evaluated by college grads who are not teacher certified.

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Rich Sources of Curated Open Educational Resources – High Quality, Current, and Free | Extreme Networks

Rich Sources of Curated Open Educational Resources – High Quality, Current, and Free | Extreme Networks | Common Core ELA_Literacy | Scoop.it
The Extreme Networks survey on open educational resources (OER) shows that high-quality, openly licensed learning materials are improving the educational
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Yep! Open Education Resources (OER) will be taking educators to places they hadn't imagined...and those places will be materials for curriculum designed and tested by teachers not merely textbook publishers. There is room in the marketplace for both. Our nation's schools and our teachers are diverse. Though we can share a set of standards, the materials that will drive us to success in meeting those standards need be designed within the reach of our resources with a design customized to reach our teaching and & learning populations.

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Years into Common Core, teachers lament lack of materials

Years into Common Core, teachers lament lack of materials | Common Core ELA_Literacy | Scoop.it

"The learning standards were new. The textbooks were not.


"So curriculum director Tammy Baumann and her team took the books apart, literally. Then they rearranged lessons, filled in holes with outside material and put it all together in what will be the K-2 math curriculum in the fall at her district in East Lansing, Michigan.

It was a time-consuming but necessary response, Baumann said, to what appears to be a near-universal lament of teachers as they page through textbooks and websites: a lack of high-quality teaching materials aligned to the Common Core Learning Standards that have been adopted by most states.


“We literally created our own curriculum ... essentially creating it from scratch — creating the homework, creating the student achievement challenges,” Baumann said at the end of a school year spent collecting feedback and refining the materials.

Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's insight:

As a reviewer of alignment between the newest ELA programs/textbooks and Common Core,  I can attest to the continuing gaps between the expectations of the standards and the letter of the programs. I continue to find too much teacher talk as explanation over the content of the standards and not enough student demonstration of proficiencies with those standards. Publishers have come a long way, but the strategy that Tammy put to work is one more schools , tied to textbooks, should practice. Yes, the work may seem daunting but the reward exceeds the demands on time and talent.

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Interdisciplinary Assessment: Combining Literacy, Science, and Mathematics

Interdisciplinary Assessment: Combining Literacy, Science, and Mathematics | Common Core ELA_Literacy | Scoop.it

"Every class at BCCS ends the year with a final. This year, I decided to try something different—instead of a paper and pencil test, students would complete tasks modeled off the Next Generation Science Standards sample tasks. The goal was for the final to reflect students’ ability to do science rather than their ability to memorize facts and by using their science knowledge in various ways improve their understanding and retention of the facts.


"The NGSS tasks combine science, math and literacy standards. By switching to a task final, the assessment in and of itself reflects the interdisciplinary nature of science and gives students a chance to review math skills for their math final. In designing the tasks I collaborated with Ms. Adam, the 6th Grade math teacher, who helped revise the tasks to ensure that the math was an appropriate level of rigor and that scaffolding was in place for all students to be successful.

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As we move deeper into 21st Century Learning Standards and assessment, whether through Common Core, C3 Framework, or Next Gen Science, we see the interdependence of literacy skills on growth in communication, intellect, innovation, creativity, and general academic well-being. Anywhere we can help teachers and/or students see the transfer of knowledge and skills from one discipline to another or the transfer of that relevance to life is an opportunity to move the horizon of human landscape forward continually advancing the boundaries of what might be.

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Lessons from the principal of a Kentucky school that went from one of the worst to one of the best under Common Core - The Hechinger Report

Lessons from the principal of a Kentucky school that went from one of the worst to one of the best under Common Core - The Hechinger Report | Common Core ELA_Literacy | Scoop.it
When results from Kentucky’s first round of Common Core aligned testing came out in 2011, Southside Elementary School in Lee County, like most schools, found itself looking at grim numbers. Pass rates went from 73 percent to 46 percent in reading and 62.5 percent to 27 percent in math. Based on those scores, and some …
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