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Excellent Cheat Sheet Featuring The 6 Cs of Primary Source Analysis ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Excellent Cheat Sheet Featuring The 6 Cs of Primary Source Analysis ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Common Core Made Easy | Scoop.it

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SaraKLMS's curator insight, December 15, 2013 9:15 AM

graphic organizer developed by UC Irvine History Project helps students evaluate primary sources

Connie Wise's curator insight, December 16, 2013 9:00 AM

Helpful tool to assist students in using primary sources.

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Implementing the CCSS: The Role of the School Leader

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December 18, 2012 

 

The Common Core State Standards provide an opportunity to realize systemic change and ensure that American students are held to the same high expectations in mathematics and literacy as their global peers — regardless of state or zip code.


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Nancy J. Herr's curator insight, September 9, 2013 4:04 PM

Wow! Don't know how to respond when teachers say "It's not MY job" regarding literacy skills? Need a professional, well thought out answer to why taking higher levels of math in high school helps achievement in general? It's in here-- and so is everything else you wanted to know about Common Core.

Rufus Hannah's curator insight, October 5, 2013 6:29 PM

We are piloting Common Core resources with elementary students at my school. We are realizing the challenges of working without textbooks - how much teachers need to know about lesson design along with assessment for and of learning. 

Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's curator insight, January 6, 6:31 PM

Yes, secondary schools and leadership there is help for you!

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Cutting to the Common Core: Analyzing Informational Text - Language Magazine

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Language Magazine Cutting to the Common Core: Analyzing Informational Text Language Magazine With an aim of equipping students with 21st-century literacy and learning skills for college and the global workplace, the standards demand an increased...
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Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's curator insight, November 20, 2013 4:19 PM

This informative article can strengthen understanding of instruction and quality of instruction. Thanks, Roz, for bringing this to my attention.

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Close Reading & Scientific Text: Patterns of Comparison | Partner in Education

Close Reading & Scientific Text: Patterns of Comparison | Partner in Education | Common Core Made Easy | Scoop.it

Teaching intermediate and high schools readers the nuances of engaging with informational text, be they strugglers or not, challenges nearly all educators across the disciplines, ELA included. To engage with sophisticated and mature texts that lack visually stimulating and meaningful photographic imagery is a place mature readers need to reach, a challenge they must master. In supporting student readers to meet that challenge, we must raise their individual awareness of clues left by authors, clues left to satiate the curious mind’s search for meaning, the problem-solver’s quest for resolutions, the novice in bridging  the absence of knowledge with an understanding of thought.


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Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's curator insight, October 6, 2013 1:30 PM

Integrating the Common Core Standards in the discipline of science and social studies may feel foreign to teachers in those content areas, but the pay-off in student learning will reward those educators with increased achievement. For years, teachers have complained about the need to "spoon feed" students. Common Core refocuses the responsibility for learning on students while challenging teachers to become facilitators for that learning rather than content lecturers. 

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What’s the Message? Making Sense of Common Core terminology in Reading Standard 2 | On the Web with Roz Linder

What’s the Message? Making Sense of Common Core terminology in Reading Standard 2 | On the Web with Roz Linder | Common Core Made Easy | Scoop.it
Theme and main/ central idea are the two different terms used in the Anchor Reading Standard 2. While different terms, both get at the same core concept:
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Common Core standards also under attack from the left - Capital Times

Common Core standards also under attack from the left - Capital Times | Common Core Made Easy | Scoop.it
U.S. News University Common Core standards also under attack from the left Capital Times “The liberal critique of Common Core is that this is a huge, profit-making enterprise that costs school districts a tremendous amount of money, and pushes out...
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Common Core requires digital publishing-the Technology makes that happen

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There are a variety of overarching themes in Common Core--'integrate technology into classroom inquiry', 'encourage collaboration and sharing in student work', 'use technology to prepare students f...


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Mary Clark's curator insight, August 5, 2013 11:18 AM

Good examples of tech tools to use to meet specific standards.

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48 Common Core Standards-aligned Teaching Tools

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A collection of websites & mobile apps that are aligned to the Common Core Standards and can be used in the classroom by K-12 teachers.

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Mary Clark's curator insight, August 30, 2013 2:00 PM

Some free, some paid, but a great list of sites to share with teachers!

Mayra.Loves.Books's curator insight, August 31, 2013 2:25 PM

Love EdShelf!

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Teaching Informational Text to Elementary Students? You Should Know Seymour Simon!

Teaching Informational Text to Elementary Students? You Should Know Seymour Simon! | Common Core Made Easy | Scoop.it
Judy Blume. Beverly Cleary. Roald Dahl. Francine Pascal. Ann Martin.

As a child,those five authors dominated my reading lists. I loved the imagery that Dahl used to create fantastical characters. Cleary and Blume both delighted me with their uncanny awareness of what I, as a child, thought and understood. Pascal enticed me into a world of tween drama. Ann Martin made me want to become a babysitter and go on adventures. What do all of these authors have in common? They primarily pen fiction. Their realistic and fantasy tales were enticing and I learned a lot!

As an adult my reading habits are different. I devour nonfiction. Memoirs, biographies, historical accounts, and theoretical pieces fill me library. Thomas Friedman, Malcolm Gladwell rank among my favorites. So when I heard that informational text was going to be promoted more in schools, I was delighted. I live and breath informational text. But that is Adult Roz. Tween and Kid Roz did not read a bit of informational text. At least not for pleasure. Hum…

This led me on an exploratory mission to uncover what type of informational text was out there for kids. Was it enjoyable? Could it engage? As I embarked on my mission I fell in love with a few authors. One of my favorites is Seymour Simon. His books seem perfect for second through fifth graders, but my four-year old daughter devoured Volcanoes with her older sister in minutes, so there is a lot of wiggle room there. Simon writes mostly science-related books. He explores various aspects of outer space, nature, and animals. Let me share a few of my faves with you.

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Rick Scott Withdraws Florida From Federal Common Core Testing ...

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By JAVIER MANJARRES. Florida Governor Rick Scott has announced that the state of Florida has withdrawn from the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) federal education testing ...
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6 Free Online Resources for Primary Source Documents

6 Free Online Resources for Primary Source Documents | Common Core Made Easy | Scoop.it
The Common Core Learning Standards describe the importance of teaching students how to comprehend informational text. They are asked to read closely, make inferences, cite evidence, analyze arguments

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Sandra Carswell's curator insight, September 18, 2013 10:09 PM

Be your social studies teachers' hero.

Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, September 19, 2013 4:39 AM

A great resource for Global history and a good archive for primary sources.

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Teaching the Text Structure Standard (RI5) in the Elementary Classroom

Teaching the Text Structure Standard (RI5) in the Elementary Classroom | Common Core Made Easy | Scoop.it
Students in third through fifth grade have probably spent several years learning about narrative structure. As they begin to learn more about informational text, they have to reframe how they think about text because informational text can be nonlinear. This means that it does not have to be read in the same way by everyone. Readers can “enter” the text in multiple ways. This is particularly true for digital text. Think about a website: one reader might navigate the content very differently than another reader. The entry points are different. This standard demands that students recognize the different entry points and what function they serve. These entry points are the text structures, and these structures can be physical or organizational. When teaching the Text Structure standard there are two different areas to consider: physical text features and organizational structures/features.

Each grade level focuses on a specific aspect of the standard. In third grade, for example, students are expected to understand the physical text features. These include hyperlinks, bullets, headings, sidebars, chart, graphs, etc. In fourth and fifth grade, the focus is no longer on physical text features; students are expected to look at the organizational structures of the text. In fifth grade, students continue to look at the organizational structures of the text, but expand to include multiple texts

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Practicing Textual Evidence in the Elementary Classroom

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Teaching students how to make inferences from textual evidence can be daunting, at first. As the first reading standard, it provides a critical foundation for the other standards. If students don’t get this concept under their belts, they will struggle as they move on to more multifaceted standards. I get a fair amount of emails from teachers looking for ideas to introduce and help students to understand the connection between implicit ideas in the text and supporting evidence.

Here’s a great way to practice Reading Standard 1 (Textual Evidence)with your students. One of the key things to remember about this standard is that you want your students to be able to cite evidence from their reading to support their analysis of what the text says. This requires that you teach your students how to make inferences to uncover the implicit messages in the text.

 

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Teachers shift the focus of class time to critical thinking and reasoning skills

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The Common Core, however, will necessarily generate thousands of examples of high quality student work.

 

Teachers shift the focus of class time to critical thinking and reasoning skills, something many have wanted to do for years.


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State education board rejects mandatory Common Core - Florida Times-Union

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State education board rejects mandatory Common Core Florida Times-Union TALLAHASSEE | Amid growing political backlash from some conservative groups, the state Board of Education voted Tuesday not to require school districts to use a new set of...
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Support for Common Core strong in U.S. military - Daily Caller

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KELOLAND TV Support for Common Core strong in U.S. military Daily Caller Sometimes, it seems like the Common Core State Standards Initiative has little support outside the D.C. Beltway and the analogous beltways in various state capitals.
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Cool Cat Teacher Blog: 15 Wrong Ways to Implement the Common Core

Cool Cat Teacher Blog: 15 Wrong Ways to Implement the Common Core | Common Core Made Easy | Scoop.it

As I was talking to Johnna from Discovery Education about this post, I started hearing her talk about districts who are struggling with Common Core. We thought that it would be helpful to know what people are doing to cause their districts to fail in implementation. Of course, if we learn from failure, we can fail forward into success. Thanks Johnna for this guest post. 


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Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's curator insight, October 6, 2013 1:53 PM

Non-examples can be as powerful as good examples. Many schools are practicing one or more among this list of 15 Watch-out-for... The Common Core is no magic bullet and neither are single, discreet sets of materials and/or methods. 

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Stepping up the Evidence! 3-8 Anchor Chart | On the Web with Roz Linder

Stepping up the Evidence! 3-8 Anchor Chart | On the Web with Roz Linder | Common Core Made Easy | Scoop.it

This chart typically becomes a staple in the classrooms that I work with. This is the jumping off point to begin the discussion about close reading and the notion that reading is more than just decoding, it is about thinking. This supports the idea of comprehension and interaction with the text.

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Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's curator insight, October 6, 2013 1:47 PM

Always appreciate Roz's work in reading and the Common Core!

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Arne Duncan: Beating Up on Common Core Is 'Political Silliness' - Education Week News (blog)

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Arne Duncan: Beating Up on Common Core Is 'Political Silliness' Education Week News (blog) Congress, which is just about to shut down the government thanks to a big partisan dispute, took a major beating from U.S.
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Paired Texts Required: Making Sense of Informational Text Standard 9 (Multiple Sources) | On the Web with Roz Linder

Paired Texts Required: Making Sense of Informational Text Standard 9 (Multiple Sources) | On the Web with Roz Linder | Common Core Made Easy | Scoop.it

Download another free organizer to use when teaching students to examine multiple sources of informational text. Great visual and easy to use!


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Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's curator insight, October 6, 2013 1:58 PM

Another insight offered by Roz. I, too, have blogged on Paired Texts. For Common Core success, students will have to move beyond discussions of singular texts by either integrating several texts into an informative or arugmentative essay and/or comparing and contrasting. Be sure and READ your grade level standards. Make no assumption about what RS9 expects from your content area and/or grade. 

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Common Core shifts focus to teaching kids to think

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Common Core shifts focus to teaching kids to think (RT @dlhoward32: Common Core shifts focus to teaching kids to think http://t.co/8mtPnbpaO7 via @sharethis #commoncore)...


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Gov. Rick Scott was for Common Core testing group before he was against it - MiamiHerald.com (blog)

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Gov. Rick Scott was for Common Core testing group before he was against it MiamiHerald.com (blog) The goal of this new testing system is to eliminate “teaching to the test” and instead will accurately measure whether our students are learning...
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In Search of Shakespeare . Comparing Film Adaptations | PBS

In Search of Shakespeare . Comparing Film Adaptations | PBS | Common Core Made Easy | Scoop.it

Addresses CCSS ELA RL 11-12.7--analyzing multiple interpretations of a story, drama, poem.


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The Early Literacy Shift: New Words, New Media, New Friends

The Early Literacy Shift: New Words, New Media, New Friends | Common Core Made Easy | Scoop.it

And when I had to explain why iPod didn’t start with an upper case letter the way proper nouns usually did, well, I decided all of the rules were up for grabs. The changes I have mentioned are rather superficial, but they are indicators of a large shift that has been taking place in the way that I teach literacy.


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Sabrina Faulkner's curator insight, September 19, 2013 9:35 PM

Having students use technology in many different ways is a great idea. My children enjoy being able to video chat and skype with their daddy because he is overseas, and they study different words or lessons that they are going over to not only keep him involved but also so they can have the experience of having their daddy help them with school work as well. 

 

ELC Language School's curator insight, September 21, 2013 3:43 PM

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Peter Lanigan's curator insight, September 23, 2013 4:06 AM

This is also interesting for adult literacies.

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Close Reading: "The Ultimate Goal"

Really, another post on Close Reading?  Oh, yes! And here's why. I had the privilege of hearing Kate  Roberts (@teachkate) passionately illuminate Close Reading at a session at Teachers College Wri...

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Mary Clark's curator insight, August 29, 2013 3:58 PM

“When you are able to read closely you are doing three things at once:

Lens – What am I looking for? (examples:  text evidence, word choice, structure, figurative language)Patterns –  What patterns do I notice?  (Not to pick out one just one word, but to look across the text to determine ‘What does the author tend to do?’)Idea -What is the big idea that this author is writing about?   (not just confirm previous thinking)”  (Kate Roberts, 6/26/2013, Teachers College Writing Institute)