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Five Resources to Meet the Common Core in a Literature Classroom | Facing History and Ourselves

Five Resources to Meet the Common Core in a Literature Classroom | Facing History and Ourselves | Reading Literacy, Informational Text and School Libraries | Scoop.it
Facing History and Ourselves has teaching strategies, primary source documents, and multimedia tools that can help you meet the Common Core State Standards in your literature classroom.
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Linda Dougherty's curator insight, October 10, 2013 11:41 PM

English Language Arts: Nice resource to dig into deeper to connect teachers with Common Core resources.

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Technology in the Common Core State Standards

Technology is embedded throughout the Common Core State Standards. This sample video is taken from Atomic Learning's TechCore solution, a set of collaborativ...
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Infographics Lesson - New Tools - LibGuides at Springfield Township High School

Infographics Lesson - New Tools - LibGuides at Springfield Township High School | Reading Literacy, Informational Text and School Libraries | Scoop.it
LibGuides. New Tools. Infographics Lesson. (@hardyani Hi Anita, here are our infographic lesson resources http://t.co/UvidkK4oQg #tlchat)
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Free Common Core Standards eBooks - Teachers Pay Teachers

Free Common Core Standards eBooks - Teachers Pay Teachers | Reading Literacy, Informational Text and School Libraries | Scoop.it
If you have ever associated the Common Core Standards with words and phrases like "daunting" and "overwhelming," I have THE perfect solution for you.
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ThingLinkToolkit - Tutorials

ThingLinkToolkit - Tutorials | Reading Literacy, Informational Text and School Libraries | Scoop.it
Check out a wiki of free resources for teaching and learning with @ThingLink_EDU http://t.co/OmxPS25Md8 #ccss via @soxnevad
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What Do We Mean by 'Reading' Maps? - Education Week News

What Do We Mean by 'Reading' Maps? - Education Week News | Reading Literacy, Informational Text and School Libraries | Scoop.it
What Do We Mean by 'Reading' Maps?
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Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts. (6th-8th grades).
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FYI for Kids: Building Students’ Capacity for Complex Text » TextProject

FYI for Kids: Building Students’ Capacity for Complex Text » TextProject | Reading Literacy, Informational Text and School Libraries | Scoop.it
RT @freddyreads: Why magazine format? Partly because kids can practice pulling info from short text. http://t.co/oX2XvorpF6
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Common Core Practice | Reading The Times and Responding in Code

Common Core Practice | Reading The Times and Responding in Code | Reading Literacy, Informational Text and School Libraries | Scoop.it
This week our classroom collaborators decided to experiment with learning Web design via a tool that makes it easy. For each prompt, their students did an extension activity involving Web design, examples of which we’ve linked to.
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To Attract More Girls to STEM, Bring More Storytelling to Science | Budding Scientist, Scientific American Blog Network

To Attract More Girls to STEM, Bring More Storytelling to Science | Budding Scientist, Scientific American Blog Network | Reading Literacy, Informational Text and School Libraries | Scoop.it
Guest Post by Jonathan Olsen and Sarah Gross, teachers at High Technology High School in Lincroft, New Jersey

Women and girls are historically underrepresented in STEM (science, technology, engineering, ...

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Another reason to study curriculum maps for opportunities to suggest informational text/nonfiction readings.

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Common Core: Reading, Understanding & Analyzing Complex Texts

Common Core: Reading, Understanding & Analyzing Complex Texts | Reading Literacy, Informational Text and School Libraries | Scoop.it
*ISTE Workshop: Transitioning to the Common Core with Google Apps - Join me! In my previous post "Common Core: What is a 'complex text' anyway?
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The Role of Questioning in a World of Common Core

The Role of Questioning in a World of Common Core | Reading Literacy, Informational Text and School Libraries | Scoop.it
Question-Asking: Intentional and Powerful When teachers carefully select and craft their questions, students respond with thinking, wondering, reflection and overall cognition – in other words, the...
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Common Core: What Is A "Complex Text" Anyway?

Common Core: What Is A "Complex Text" Anyway? | Reading Literacy, Informational Text and School Libraries | Scoop.it

"Last month I attended a training focused on teaching “complex texts” to address the Common Core Standards. Unfortunately, when I left the training I was no closer to understanding what a complex text was or how I could evaluate the complexity of a given text. So, I decided to do some digging into this phrase to better understand what the Common Core ELA Standards were asking English, history and science teachers to do." by Catlin Tucker


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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, April 2, 2013 9:07 PM

Clear and concise introduction to complex text. 

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It would also be good to compare to texts, say The Hunger Games and The Lord of the Flies, in order to grapple with text complexity - which text is more complex? Which text merits a true close reading (of passages)? I am guessing that teachers will be somewhat divided on this, by grade level and perhaps also by years of experience. By comparing (as the CCSS also recognizes) we often gain a deeper understanding. In isolation, any text can become complex simply because it can be questioned to death.
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Text Complexity: Balancing Readability and Reading Fluency | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders

Text Complexity: Balancing Readability and Reading Fluency | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Reading Literacy, Informational Text and School Libraries | Scoop.it
On Common Core | School Library Journal Knowing the research behind text complexity is critical to understanding the call for more complexity.The CCSS crafters examined college freshman textbooks and career manuals.These texts typically measure...

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Important reading for school librarians working to assist teachers in finding informational text that is differentiated in reading levels.

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Nicole Bitar's curator insight, March 31, 2013 3:40 PM

Fluency is already an issue... how to balance it with text complexity is going to be a huge issue as we are shifting to the Common Core. How do we do this? Is there anywhere we can get this guidance? 

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Unpacking the POWER of Picture Books: Facts Are Facts- Sorta!

Unpacking the POWER of Picture Books: Facts Are Facts- Sorta! | Reading Literacy, Informational Text and School Libraries | Scoop.it

"Kids of all ages (which includes adults) find quirky facts fascinating. How else do you explain the popularity of trivia games, Guinness World Records, and sports statistics? Whether they retain the precise details (a la Rain Man) or just enjoy an unexpected discovery when it's encountered, readers have a treat waiting for them in the pages of picture books." from the blog Unpacking the POWER of Picture Books

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Picture books are NOT just for elementary kids! Picture books can be a graphic media representation to connect with a text set for high school students.

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11 Tips on Teaching Common Core Critical Vocabulary

11 Tips on Teaching Common Core Critical Vocabulary | Reading Literacy, Informational Text and School Libraries | Scoop.it

Teaching vocabulary within the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) is an essential component of standards-based curriculum alignment. Making the critical words second nature to our students will  enhance achievement on assessments and will be useful in college and career.


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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, October 3, 2013 4:50 PM

More hands on tips for helping students remember Tier Two and Three vocabulary.

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Science Stuff: Common Core Graphic Organizers for Science Informational Text

Science Stuff: Common Core Graphic Organizers for Science Informational Text | Reading Literacy, Informational Text and School Libraries | Scoop.it
Common Core Graphic Organizers for Science Informational Text: Be sure to download the free… http://t.co/7x2xaser1D
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Teaching Reading in the Digital Age

Teaching Reading in the Digital Age | Reading Literacy, Informational Text and School Libraries | Scoop.it
What does it really mean to teach reading in a digital age? It means teaching both ways and also in new ways. It means going back to school and learning to read along with our students, in a world ...
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Informational Text: Multiple Points of View in Multiple Formats | Teaching with the Library of Congress

Informational Text: Multiple Points of View in Multiple Formats | Teaching with the Library of Congress | Reading Literacy, Informational Text and School Libraries | Scoop.it
Informational Text: Multiple Points of View in Multiple Formats. A blog post at "Teaching with the Library of Congress" on 2013-04-25. (RT @johnsonmaryj: My favorite primary sources for immigration. Teaching with the Library of Congress.
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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, July 12, 2013 5:10 PM

Some great suggestions for using the resources of the Library of Congress to address the need for multiple formats.

Linda Jones's curator insight, July 15, 2013 10:08 AM

Always loved the resources from the Library of Congress.

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Teach Informational Texts Alongside The Literature You Love

Teach Informational Texts Alongside The Literature You Love | Reading Literacy, Informational Text and School Libraries | Scoop.it
The Common Core places new emphasis on the importance of reading and analyzing complex nonfiction and informational texts. This has many English teachers feeling like their literature is under attack, but students fall in love with stories.

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Good information to share with teachers and librarians.  Did you notice the image - teens being read to from a picture book?!

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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, July 22, 2013 11:18 AM

Another example of how to incorporate informational text without spending money on "Common Core-aligned" whatnot from publishers!

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A Non-Freaked Out Approach to Close Reading & the Common Core | Teaching the Core

A Non-Freaked Out Approach to Close Reading & the Common Core | Teaching the Core | Reading Literacy, Informational Text and School Libraries | Scoop.it
Here, Dave Stuart and Erica Beaton share their approach to close reading (R.CCR.1) and a non-freaked out approach to the Common Core State Standards.

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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, April 28, 2013 10:48 PM

Close reading of this blog post should be required of all ELA teachers! 

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Getting Kids Engaged with Primary Sources | Cool Tools - The Digital Shift

Getting Kids Engaged with Primary Sources | Cool Tools - The Digital Shift | Reading Literacy, Informational Text and School Libraries | Scoop.it

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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, April 22, 2013 6:22 PM

Great ideas for using primary sources!

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Complex Texts and a Non-Freaked Out Approach to the Common ...

Complex Texts and a Non-Freaked Out Approach to the Common ... | Reading Literacy, Informational Text and School Libraries | Scoop.it
How do we incorporate the Common Core's complex texts in a way that students will read, engage with, debate, and discuss? Join us as we explore non-freaked implementation.
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Best Ever Literacy Survival Tips: 5 Super Practical Ideas for Motivating Kids to Read More Challenging Texts in the Age of CCSS!

Best Ever Literacy Survival Tips: 5 Super Practical Ideas for Motivating Kids to Read More Challenging Texts in the Age of CCSS! | Reading Literacy, Informational Text and School Libraries | Scoop.it
RT @IRAToday: Says it all: “5 Super Practical Ideas for Motivating Kids to Read More Challenging Texts!” from Lori Oczkus #CCSS http://t.co/7krlpkdv7w
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10 Tech Tools to Teach the Common Core Standards

10 Tech Tools to Teach the Common Core Standards | Reading Literacy, Informational Text and School Libraries | Scoop.it
The following is a guest post by Catlin Tucker, one of SimpleK12's presenters. Click here to watch Catlin's Webinars inside the Teacher Lear

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Deb Gardner's curator insight, April 2, 2013 3:04 PM

So many of these tools we don't necessarily "teach" but instead help our students use each day. They help students be more productive and colalborative in their learning.  Most are free, cross platform/device, and can be used across grade levels and subject area.  

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Vocabulary Paint Chips

Vocabulary Paint Chips | Reading Literacy, Informational Text and School Libraries | Scoop.it
A great strategy for building vocabulary for any student. Using paint chips, teachers provide students with a visual aid to better understand difficult vocabulary. Covers Common Core for the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words.
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Following the suggestion in the comments, if you can't locate free paint chip cards, make your own using card stock and a color printer. 

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