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Is Our Writing Improving?

Is Our Writing Improving? | Common Core ELA News | Scoop.it
How can we measure writing so students, parents, the community, and the teachers know that students are improving? If this is our definition of assessment, we have many options for measurement. If ...

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Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's curator insight, February 7, 3:53 AM

Fran has been writing an insightful series of posts regarding writing at the K-5 grades using Writers' Workshop, descriptive feedback, and portfolios. What she speaks about is not only effective at elementary grades but also beneficial in middle school and beyond. These are the ways that I grew as a writer throughout college and in my graduate writing classes. Good writers write, submit their writing to readers, and take feedback into consideration for the revision and editing processes. Becoming a quality writer is an interactive process of growth!

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200 Prompts for Argumentative Writing

200 Prompts for Argumentative Writing | Common Core ELA News | Scoop.it
For a coming student contest in which teenagers are invited to write on an issue they care about, we have gathered a list of 200 writing prompts on a wide range of issues.

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Deb Gardner's curator insight, February 5, 3:39 AM

What evidence will students use to support their claim?

Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's curator insight, February 6, 5:42 AM

The New York Times provides a good starting place for building an evidence based claim as students meet writing standard number 1: write arguments. But in writing arguments, the Common Core Standards ask students for "sufficient evidence" to support their claim. This in turn causes students to research which supports three writing standards: 7, 8, and 9. This set of standards comprise the writing substrand Research to Build and Present Knowledge. This is a good starting place for both ideas and motivation as well as resources.  

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Bringing the Common Core to Life: Ten Essays on the Reading Anchor Standards


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A window into the thinking behind the anchor standards in reading

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Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's curator insight, January 20, 12:48 PM
An essay for each of the reading anchors by David Coleman and Susan Pimentel, June 2013.
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Using History to Invigorate Common-Core Lessons

Using History to Invigorate Common-Core Lessons | Common Core ELA News | 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 curator insight, December 19, 2013 6:21 AM

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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Core2Class: What's Your Library Media Specialist Doing for Dinner Tonight?

Core2Class: What's Your Library Media Specialist Doing for Dinner Tonight? | Common Core ELA News | Scoop.it

One of the aspects of the Common Core ELA that I find to be most challenging is the ability to plan units that bring together featured and supporting texts.  A featured text is the text(s) that all students in the class read regardless of reading level.  This text(s) is the heart and soul of the unit and should frame the culminating assessment.  Supporting texts, on the other hand, help students practice certain skills, acquire helpful background knowledge, research a topic or, most importantly, forge connections with the ideas and elements found in the featured texts.  These texts may be leveled and could vary depending on the student or situation.


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Deb Gardner's curator insight, September 25, 2013 2:03 AM

The "secret weapon" in planning Common Core units.

Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's curator insight, September 25, 2013 7:32 AM

Pairing of text is essential to success not only on assessments, but in life. Many of the connections we bring to our daily living and professional success come from connecting either two texts or a text to a situation. Truth is, finding texts that work for instructional pairing is that...WORK!

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Best Sites for Primary Documents in World History » Copy / Paste by Peter Pappas

Best Sites for Primary Documents in World History » Copy / Paste by Peter Pappas | Common Core ELA News | Scoop.it

Common Core offers an incentive for teachers to use historic documents to build literacy skills in a content area while empowering students to be the historian in the classroom. But document-based (DBQ) instruction in this context requires four key elements to be successful:

The right documents.Knowing how to look at them.Letting students discover their own patterns, then asking students to describe, compare and defend what they found.Basing the task on enduring questions, the kind that students might actually want to answer.

 


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Shanahan on Literacy: Text Dependency is Too Low a Standard

Shanahan on Literacy: Text Dependency is Too Low a Standard | Common Core ELA News | Scoop.it
Common Core advocates make a big deal out of the idea that questions should be text dependent. This means you shouldn’t be able to answer a question without reading the text. By all means ask questions that require reading.  However, this is a very low standard. Many text dependent questions simply aren’t worth asking.
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New reading passages and question sets for grades K-8

New reading passages and question sets for grades K-8 | Common Core ELA News | Scoop.it

We are adding 900 new non-fiction, fiction and original reporting reading passages to our current library of 1,200 non-fiction passages. Each passage has 10 evidence-based questions that build in complexity, model good questioning, and are ideal for student independent practice. Questions focus on close reading of important information, inference, main idea, text structures (such as cause and effect),  vocabulary-in-context, author’s craft, and syntax. The question sets are a combination of multiple-choice and written response.

 

These new passages are based on essential STEM and social studies topics, along with authentic fiction. In response to your suggestions, we are excited to add passages that are appropriate for 7th and 8th grade. All the passages are lexile-leveled to make it easier for you to differentiate instruction for individual or small group uses.

 


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New Close Reading Exemplars Offered by Achieve the Core

New Close Reading Exemplars Offered by Achieve the Core | Common Core ELA News | Scoop.it

Demonstrating a rigorous approach to close reading with text-dependent questions, our 21 lesson exemplars, written by teachers, each contain full materials for up to five lessons, including printable texts, student discussion activities and writing-based assessments. To simplify your search, we've separated them into fiction and nonfiction and organized them by grade.

We're happy to share ten new sample lessons based on the following popular texts:

The Wind - grades K-2 fiction"The Digestive Process Beings" and "Final Digestion and Absorption" - grade 7 nonfictionMy Mother, the Scientist - grade 7 nonfictionThe Omnivore's Dilemma: The Secrets Behind What You Eat - grade 7 nonfictionAs You Like It - grade 7 fictionRomeo and Juliet - grade 8 fiction1984 - grade 8 fictionDulce et Decorum Est - grade 8 fictionI am an American Day - grades 11-12 nonfictionThe Gospel of Wealth - grades 11-12 nonfiction
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Teaching Nonfiction Reading Skills in the Science Classroom

Teaching Nonfiction Reading Skills in the Science Classroom | Common Core ELA News | Scoop.it

I don't have a ton of time to write today -- I've spent the past week teaching and learning alongside of some really progressive thinkers in Australia -- so I figured I'd share a few handouts that I've been using in class this year to teach nonfiction reading skills in my sixth grade science classroom.

 

Each lesson is tied directly to a standard in the Common Core Literacy in History, Science and Technical Subjects curriculum -- and each lesson is designed to be used in tandem with a current event connected to the concepts that our students study.  If you like the lessons, all you'll need to do is find a current event to teach them.


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Great tools to use with current events related nonfiction text to help develop critical literacy.

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On Common Core | Nonfiction as Mentor Text | School Library Journal

On Common Core | Nonfiction as Mentor Text | School Library Journal | Common Core ELA News | Scoop.it

Many people still hold to the belief that nonfiction writing is “just the facts,” often synonymous with formulaic, dull writing. Nothing could be further from the truth! For years, authors of all genres have honed their writing by reading literary nonfiction by the likes of David McCullough, Anna Quindlen, John McPhee, Susan Orlean, and so many others.

 

These same rich reading opportunities exist for students in K-12 classrooms. Writers for young people from Candace Fleming and Patrick McDonnell to Tonya Bolden and Andrea Warren model both substance and style, and can serve as mentors to students. In this month’s column we’ll look at the ways in which these and other authors shape their material.


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The Standards and creativity - compatible

The Standards and creativity - compatible | Common Core ELA News | Scoop.it

Why do people insist on viewing the Standards as inconsistent with teacher creativity and choice? I am baffled by such uncreative thinking. That’s like saying the architect cannot be creative because every house has to meet building code. Indeed, the whole point of mandating standards as opposed to curriculum is to free people up to create innovative curriculum that addresses the standards.

 

You’re an architect: your clients are students. Your job is to develop client-friendly learning that also meets code. How does this restrict freedom?


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The comments are well worth reading - many different viewpoints addressed.

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Deb Gardner's curator insight, April 10, 2013 4:45 PM

I value Grant Wiggins' work and have applied what I've learned many, many times.  Looks like we agree on a couple more things!


Look at the comments to articles and posts - often they are worth a second look (errr I mean laugh). And secondly, the CCSS are freeing, and allow teachers to engineer the best lessons/units with a focus on learning goals (standards), not standardizing every classroom in America with a common boiler plate, cookie cutter curriculum.

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Using Google Drive for Online Discussions of Primary Sources

Using Google Drive for Online Discussions of Primary Sources | Common Core ELA News | Scoop.it

One of my favorite ways to use the commenting feature in Google Documents is to host online discussions around a shared article. Doing this isn’t a radical departure from having a classroom discussion about an article that you’ve printed and distributed to your students, but there are some advantages to hosting your discussion in Google Documents. The first advantage is that your students can participate in the discussion from anywhere at any time they are connected to the Internet. Students absent from your classroom can still participate and can read others’ comments. The second advantage is that your students can have a digital archive of the ideas shared by you and their classmates.


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New Tools Gauge Fidelity of Lessons to Common Core - Education Week News

New Tools Gauge Fidelity of Lessons to Common Core - Education Week News | Common Core ELA News | Scoop.it
New Tools Gauge Fidelity of Lessons to Common Core
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... portals where teachers can post and comment on lessons.

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Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's curator insight, February 6, 6:09 AM

If you haven't seen the EQuIP tool, you'll be quite surprised by the depth of the analysis units and lessons are subject to through the guidance of its framework. I was invited to apply as an EQuIP reader, but was unavailable for this session of  training described in the EdWeek article. For those interested, there is projected to be one more round of invitations.

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Teaching Beyond the Main Idea: Nonfiction and Point of View (Part I)

Teaching Beyond the Main Idea: Nonfiction and Point of View (Part I) | Common Core ELA News | Scoop.it
I've had 'organize the file cabinet' on my household to-do list for about two years now. And I'm proud to say, I now have the satisfaction of crossing that off the list!  I noticed some trends as I...

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Powerful Pairings: Read-Alouds for the Common Core - TeachersFirst

Powerful Pairings: Read-Alouds for the Common Core - TeachersFirst | Common Core ELA News | Scoop.it
Find a sampler of powerful pairs of books for read-alouds in elementary classrooms implementing the Common Core State Standards. These books will help you and your students delve into pairs of books, addressing standards for both literature and informational text.

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Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's curator insight, February 6, 5:33 AM

This website offers six sets of text pairings for each of three K-6 grade bands: lower, middle, and upper elementary. Each of the six pairings is aligned to a Common Core Standard, provides bibliographic text information, and text synapsis.

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Massachusetts Revised Model Curriculum Units Available

We are pleased to announce the release of Model Curriculum Units (MCUs) to all educators in the Commonwealth.

Over the next few months ESE is releasing over 80 MCUs that span grades PreK - 12 in mathematics, ELA, history & social science, and science, technology & engineering. The units are designed to provide models for creating curriculum units using the Understanding by Design process. These units also include a curriculum embedded performance assessment, lesson plans, and digital resources.

Our journey so far…

In October of 2012, 36 units were released for tryout in Race To The Top Districts.In April of 2013, 60 additional units were reviewed by external experts in content and curriculum design.In July 2013, all units were revised according to feedback from the tryout and the external review.
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Haven't seen them yet, am hopeful that they will be helpful!

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Does the Common Core say 3 times 4 is 11?

Does the Common Core say 3 times 4 is 11? | Common Core ELA News | Scoop.it
Do the Common Core State Standards really tell you to teach 3 times 4 is 11? Or is there more to the hype?

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Deb Gardner's curator insight, September 12, 2013 4:50 AM

Although most of my study and interest focuses on K-12 ELA Common Core, this article was too good to pass up.


Why do I like it? Because the teacher took the time to determine where the misconception, misunderstanding, or in this case, the miscount took place.  Time consuming, yes, but the way we teach students to THINK, not just memorize


And when I read the comment on the bottom, I just HAD to scoop the article. Really? Common core substituting classic literature with statist propaganda? I think that concern has been met head on several times. 

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11 Tips on Teaching Common Core Critical Vocabulary

11 Tips on Teaching Common Core Critical Vocabulary | Common Core ELA News | 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. To process and store the academic vocabulary of the standards, our students’ brains require an efficient automatic memory system. This system, also called nonmotor procedural memory, stores information that is repeated, such as multiplication tables, song lyrics, words and definitions.


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LundTechIntegration's curator insight, September 19, 2013 1:24 PM

Great tools to help with CCSS and vocabulary. 

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iTunes U Courses: CCSS for Teachers

iTunes U Courses: CCSS for Teachers | Common Core ELA News | Scoop.it

The iTunes U courses linked to below were developed by a group of classroom teachers to explain the shifts in ELA/Literacy and Mathematics required by the Common Core. Presented in partnership with The Coucil of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), they showcase a combination of materials from this website as well as additional curated resources and interactive activities.


These courses were designed to provide a robust self-learning opportunity for individual teachers and to offer high-quality, credible materials that can be used to support professional learning communities in schools. 



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Learn about CCSS on your ipod!

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Deb Gardner's curator insight, August 16, 2013 1:18 AM

Literally I can learn more about CCSS while I'm "on the run" using my iPod shuffle.  With a 20 mile training run this weekend, I should be able to squeeze quite a few lessons in.

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The Busy Teacher's Quick Common Core Guide - Edudemic

The Busy Teacher's Quick Common Core Guide - Edudemic | Common Core ELA News | Scoop.it
Though much of it is focused on the broader ideas of the Core Standards, we thought that a number of the statistics contained in this handy infographic / Common Core guide were interesting.

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Deb Gardner's curator insight, June 4, 2013 5:33 AM

Maybe the infographic meant "informational" not instructional texts?

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ReadWorks.org

ReadWorks.org | Common Core ELA News | Scoop.it
Free, research-based K-6 reading comprehension lesson plans and non-fiction reading passages & question sets. Common Core aligned, teacher & principal endorsed.

 

As your school year ends, we want to give you a preview of a few of our new comprehension lesson units and passages and questions sets, all of which will be live on the site by September.  We will have:

 

70  new lesson units (10 for each K-6 grade) with 140 lesson plans, all Common Core aligned, for grades K-6! Check out our 2nd grade unit for The Empty Pot and our 4th grade unit for The Mangrove Tree!500 new non-fiction and fiction passages and question sets based on the latest science and social studies standards for grades K-6, and     7 & 8! Here's a sample of some of these passages and question sets:

         The Harmonica (2nd grade)

         Building a Bridge (5th grade)

         Computers and Design (6th grade)

         What Mitosis has to do with Families (7th grade)

 

We also want to say thank you for so generously giving us feedback and comments on the site and for sharing ReadWorks with your colleagues! Our mission is to make ReadWorks available to every educator to support their success in teaching reading comprehension. Your help has been invaluable and we encourage you to continue to share and give us your feedback.


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free registration - access to lots of passages

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RPMs's curator insight, June 22, 2013 6:01 PM

Please note the skills on the left.

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Who is Doing the Work | Burkins & Yaris

Who is Doing the Work | Burkins & Yaris | Common Core ELA News | Scoop.it
In this post, we suggest asking Who is doing the work? as one lens for analyzing and evaluating Common Core lessons.

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Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's curator insight, May 21, 2013 9:04 AM

Kids are still doing the work, or should be. One of the differences with Common Core is reminding teachers of powerful ways to engage students. #ccss #commoncore

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Common Core & Close Reading: An Outcome not a Reading Strategy

Common Core & Close Reading: An Outcome not a Reading Strategy | Common Core ELA News | Scoop.it

Seems like everywhere I go, educators are asking “What is this ‘close reading’ thing and how do I teach it?” The buzz on close reading has become so great that many think close reading is simply another strategy to be taught. If so, there must be a graphic organizer or rubric to employ allowing the close reading box to be ✓ed off the instructional pacing chart.


In the haste of the buzz, many do not understand that close reading is not a simple one-step technique to be taught but the outcome of applying knowledge of language structures and conventions in the analysis of a text in order to discern a subtle message, or understand a complex concept, or to evaluate text efficacy. If you can accept that as a fallible working definition, then you may begin to see that not all texts have the depth to demand close reading nor can it be possible to develop a checklist of practice in conducting a close reading.


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Common Core and Educational Technology: Tools/Resources

Common Core and Educational Technology: Tools/Resources | Common Core ELA News | Scoop.it

Welcome! This is the place to find 'best of class' ed tech to integrate in Common Core curriculum.

We'll identify web resources and tablet apps that students can use to demonstrate deep knowledge in creative and engaging ways.
We'll also highlight information from other ed tech blogs, and provide a way to communicate about "Common Core ed tech."
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Deb Gardner's curator insight, March 10, 2013 3:34 AM

So many of these are offered free. Teachers, what ed tech device and/or app will move your students toward goal most effectively and efficiently? Which ones help you work most productively and help you collaborate and communicate with other teachers and your PLC?

aimee hozack's curator insight, March 10, 2013 1:59 PM

Another website containing a variety of resources to assist student learning in the area of technology