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Connecting to the Common Core: Primary Source Thinking Triangle Activity - TPS-Barat Primary Source Nexus

Connecting to the Common Core: Primary Source Thinking Triangle Activity - TPS-Barat Primary Source Nexus | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it

The thinking triangle also gives students practice in the visual equivalent of Common Core State Standards (CCSS) reading anchor standard 2.

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This would be a great activity to introduce a unit.

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Five Free Web 2.0 Tools to Support Lesson Planning

Five Free Web 2.0 Tools to Support Lesson Planning | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it
Embracing the use of Web 2.0 tools in lesson planning may still be new to many educators. However, it's important to consider how these tools can serve as a powerful companion as we seek to improve and enhance our ...
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Will you check this scoop? Thank you so much. http://sco.lt/5okJ17
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3 Doable Tips for Teachers Choosing Informational Texts - Edudemic

3 Doable Tips for Teachers Choosing Informational Texts - Edudemic | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it
If you’re like most English Language Arts teachers, you’ve probably reviewed the new informational text requirements and wondered: What books do I choose? And how do I know if I’m even doing this right? Sure, they sound intimidating, but satisfying these new guidelines doesn’t have to be complicated, or mean you have to throw out …
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Some great suggestions here that you can easily  use with your classes today!

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Linda Dougherty's curator insight, March 25, 12:12 PM

Three great suggestions for informational text that school libraries can integrate into their collections.

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Media Specialists and the Common Core

Media Specialists and the Common Core | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it

Josh Work writes: " I have found the most valuable school-based resource for brainstorming, discussing, planning and implementing anything to do with technology has been my school's media specialist."

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Josh highlights research skills, technology advice, and digital literacy as some of the benefits of working with your school library media specialist, librarian or whomever runs your library.  I love his description of librarians as the "Swiss Army knife of the school! Share this widely!

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Common Core, Book Trailers, and Three Good Tools for Creating Them - Free Technology for Teachers

Common Core, Book Trailers, and Three Good Tools for Creating Them - Free Technology for Teachers | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it

"If you want to have your students create their own book trailers in lieu of a traditional book report, you can find a helpful outline of the process here. I have written about the book trailer idea in the past too. The three video creation tools that I currently recommend for book trailer creation are WeVideoAnimoto, and YouTube's Photo Slideshow tool.:

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As always, useful information from Richard Byrne @rmbyrne

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Common Core in Action: The Power of a Checklist

Common Core in Action: The Power of a Checklist | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it

"In Dandelion Wine, Ray Bradbury writes that the grandma's kitchen was warm, exciting, and full of "organized chaos." I like to think that my classroom environment is also like that."

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I see this as another shift we need to focus on.  As project-based learning or research projects become the norm, the old homework planners become obsolete.  I'd like to see students design their own project checklists as they learn how useful they can be!

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Skills Practice | Using Storyboards to Inspire Close Reading - NYTimes.com

Skills Practice | Using Storyboards to Inspire Close Reading - NYTimes.com | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it
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Great strategy to use with ELL students, too!  

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Mary Clark's curator insight, January 27, 12:29 PM

This is also a great strategy to use with ELL students.

Mark Gillingham's curator insight, January 29, 2:30 PM

Tap into more skills that students already have through collaboration and mixed media. 

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Common Core in Action: Teaching Critical Thinking and Questioning

Common Core in Action: Teaching Critical Thinking and Questioning | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it
Since being asked to pilot my school's first iPad 1:1 classroom, I've been working through a paperless project-based learning unit with my eighth graders. It had been going on since the first day of
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Great lesson here that demonstrates the shift in instruction--I did a similar project as a freshman in college!

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Common Core in the Schools: A First Look at Reading Assignments

Common Core in the Schools: A First Look at Reading Assignments | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it

October 22, 2013Authors: Tim ShanahanAnn Duffett "Most teachers believe that the new standards promise better learning for their students, and an overwhelming majority of teachers say that their schools have already made significant progress toward implementing the standards, including relevant curriculum changes and professional development."


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See my comments on an earlier scoop.  

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Mary Clark's curator insight, October 27, 2013 12:31 PM

Reading through the findings from middle school ELA teachers, I see two key issues. The first  is not whether teachers are using complex texts, but whether they're using the exemplar texts from the CCSS.  Does it matter? Do you trust teachers to choose rigorous and challenging texts that may be more current (or interesting?)

 

Second, are other departments using informational text in a way that helps students develop close reading and critical thinking skills?  If students are studying The U.S. Constitution, but doing nothing more than rote memorization of The Bill of Rights, we can't claim students are doing close reading in social studies.  I still believe collaboration is the key to successfully teaching close reading and critical thinking.  

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Close reading leads to close writing: "Falling in Love With Close Reading" in writing workshop

Close reading leads to close writing:  "Falling in Love With Close Reading" in writing workshop | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it

 I have truly fallen in love with Falling in Love With Close Reading, the just-released book by Christopher Lehman and Kate Roberts. "   

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Mary Clark's curator insight, November 20, 2013 2:13 PM

A great example of how close reading can improve writing--when modelled.

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ooh. I'm SO ordering this.
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Beyond the Comfort Zone: 6 Ways to Build Independent Thinking

Beyond the Comfort Zone: 6 Ways to Build Independent Thinking | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it

"The shift toward applying more executive function (EF) within learning and assessment will cause some discomfort in teachers and students...Memorization, however, will not be adequate as meaningful learning becomes more about applying, communicating and supporting what one knows."

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I think it's so important to discuss HOW we think with students.  I love this quote at the end of the article:  "...replace the fear of uncertainty with the joy of discovery, and the recognition that the memories they construct are durable."   

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Tackling Informational Text:Points of Entry

Tackling Informational Text:Points of Entry | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it

"An informational text reading diet relies on both access and time. We give students access by establishing and modeling a purpose for reading; providing guided instruction through the close reading process; and encouraging collaborative, text-based conversations. We also need to give students the time to read and use such texts for the purposes of investigation and to exercise choice in how they build knowledge."

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Mary Clark's curator insight, November 3, 2013 4:31 PM

I am not a classroom teacher, but fortunately heard Douglas Fisher speak at a library workshop.  His work with Nancy Frey has given me insight into reading instruction and has made me better able to assist students and teachers. This article is one that should be shared at all professional development about informational text!

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Helping Students Read Closely: When to Notice & Note

Helping Students Read Closely: When to Notice & Note | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it
Close reading is one of the buzz words that is being emphasized with the Common Core Learning Standards. By close reading I am interpreting as the reading, rereading, and analysis of text for the p...

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Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's curator insight, January 6, 3:56 PM

I am a longtime fan of Kylene Beers and Bob Probst. This blog gives a quick rundown of the basic tenets of their highly popular book, Notice and Note and shares an instructional activity. You'll want to go out and buy the book!

Dr. Angela C Gordon's curator insight, January 24, 11:40 AM

Close reading using Six Signposts! Great strategy!!

Linda Burke Dooling's curator insight, January 26, 1:27 PM

Students need to develop the skills to notice/note what is important -- in literature and in non-fiction -- by themselves. This is a tool that can help learn how to do this and also to practice doing it.

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The Role of the School Librarian in Implementing the CCSS

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"This Action Brief for school librarians is... designed to provide these stakeholders — who are faced with dramatically increased expectations in the context of fewer resources — with a deeper understanding of the standards and their role in implementing the standards."

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PVLEGS: A Public Speaking Acronym that's Transforming my Students into Speakers, not just Talkers | Teaching the Core

PVLEGS: A Public Speaking Acronym that's Transforming my Students into Speakers, not just Talkers | Teaching the Core | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it

 Dave Stuart writes: "As Erik Palmer quickly points out in Well Spoken: Teaching Speaking to AllStudents, oral communication skills are tops on the list of what employers want (in recent NACE Job Outlook surveys, “the ability to verbally communicate with persons inside and outside the organization” has consistently ranked in the top 4 skills employers most desire in job candidates). This is one reason I appreciate the Common Core: though there are still plenty of problems with the implementation process around the nation, they at very least make clearer that speaking and listening are crucial skills."

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Another extremely helpful post from Dave Stuart.  We used to have a program in our district called Speechmasters.  Students were given very specific direction (make three points, eye contact, etc.) and while it looked a bit robotic in 4th grade, students developed decent public speaking skills. (In fact, I knew several girls who face to face were still extremely shy, but could stand up in church and do readings in front of 500 people!)


This post would be great to share with all subject area teachers!

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Donna Farren's curator insight, April 16, 1:23 PM

This is fantastic!  It is so true - and so important.  Something I rarely consider.  Gave me A LOT to think about!

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Trading Cards, ReadWriteThink, and the Common Core

Trading Cards, ReadWriteThink, and the Common Core | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it

Glenn writes:  "You could have kids use the tool to summarize a specific historical person or event. Have kids work in small groups to develop a series of cards that demonstrate change over time in the relationship between different historical groups or to highlight foundational knowledge they will use for further research. The tool also comes with a series of lesson plans tailored for grades 3-12 that you can use right away or modify to fit your own needs."

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Some solid ideas to share with your history team--or to use with any subject!  Imagine making trading cards for chemical elements.

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Historypin

Historypin | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it
Historypin is a way for millions of people to come together to share glimpses of the past and build up the story of human history
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Oh, what a great CC resource this could be! Have students find Creative Commons licenses images for a project, then pin them here, and create a collection or tour! 

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4 Steps for Getting Started with Student Digital Portfolios

4 Steps for Getting Started with Student Digital Portfolios | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it

 "As the digital era has taken hold, portfolios have become a method of assessment and the collection and sharing of work has become much more common."

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A great summary of the issues you want to address before jumping into student portfolios.

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Actually Achieving Close Reading With Digital Tools

Actually Achieving Close Reading With Digital Tools | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it

"The main point that I would add here — in a conversation about the common core, close reading, and the integration of technology — is that we, as teachers, can help our students cultivate active reading habits if we teach them how to use these tools efficiently."


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Some concrete ideas to engage students in close reading, and yet another way to show students that their cell phones are more than just text messaging, fun photo taking devices!

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Mark Gillingham's curator insight, February 5, 10:02 AM

Teachers are also available on their smartphones and could join groups of like-mided teachers to read for pleasure or professional learning. 

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Common Core in Action: Why Collaboration and Communication Matter

Common Core in Action: Why Collaboration and Communication Matter | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it

"Teaching is two-parts planning, one-part reflection, and extra heavy on the experimentation."

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Strategies for mixing up groups of students, listening, and practicing persuasion.  

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Mark Gillingham's curator insight, January 23, 1:52 PM

A collection of exercises to help students (and teacher) get ready for speaking and listening standards. 

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Common Core & Ed Tech: Infusing Technology into Literature Circles

Common Core & Ed Tech: Infusing Technology into Literature Circles | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it

The ‘jobs’ that drive the literature circle have not changed much over the years, but the means of accomplishing those jobs has.  I sat in on Tiffani Brown’s presentation on Literature Circles at the CUE Conference.  She has infused different web-based applications into the jobs, making them more fun and engaging for the students.  Here are some of her suggestions:

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Simple ways to update your lit circles.

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Dr. Angela C Gordon's curator insight, January 24, 11:35 AM

Infusing technology into Lit Circles!

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Visuals and Reading

Visuals and Reading | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it
Over the last few years in my seventh grade reading class, I’ve asked students to do more visual analysis and creation. This has nothing to do with the fact that my twin sister is a talented artist...
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Visual literacy is a key factor in developing critical thinking skills. Lots of great examples here.

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Mary Clark's curator insight, December 11, 2013 1:12 PM

Hands on insights and examples for helping students analyze and create visuals.  Such an important part of criticial thinking!

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Kathy Schrock's Kaffeeklatsch: Addressing the CCSS with the Use of Infographics

Kathy Schrock's Kaffeeklatsch: Addressing the CCSS with the Use of Infographics | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it

"Infographics are everywhere! We see them on the Web and in our professional journals.    Students see them on Facebook and on advertiser’s pages. How can the use of infographics be used to address the Common Core State Standards?"

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It's all here, folks--examples of how to use infographics, the CCSS they align with, rubrics, sites to easily create them...Kathy's gathered everything you need to know in one very helpful article.  

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Cindy Riley Klages's curator insight, January 11, 7:32 AM

Mary Clark's insight:  It's all here, folks--examples of how to use infographics, the CCSS they align with, rubrics, sites to easily create them...Kathy's gathered everything you need to know in one very helpful article.  

 

Patrice Bucci's curator insight, January 14, 8:06 AM

"infographic literacy rubric".....hmmmm.....

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New York Times Features Every Teacher Should Know About

New York Times Features Every Teacher Should Know About | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it
Our list of lesser-known Times features that regularly yield rich material for teaching and learning, categorized by subject area. What would you add?
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I love the Op Docs section!  Plenty of free resources here for every subject!

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Tackling Informational Text:You Want Me to Read What?!

Tackling Informational Text:You Want Me to Read What?! | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it

"Arguments against the wide use of informational text with students lack an evidentiary foundation and ignore the reading demands that students will face in college and the workplace. The argument for informational texts is not that students should read more information and less literature but that they surely should read more of both (Jago, 2013). Righting the current imbalance will simply require increases in the reading of information."

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Mary Clark's curator insight, December 16, 2013 10:08 AM

This makes me think of all those 1st and 2nd grade boys who wanted to check out stacks of nonfiction, only to be told they had to start reading chapter books.  Sweet redemption for them, if they haven't already lost all enthusiasm for reading.  Key takeaway--read, then read more!

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Learning to Think: A Foundation for Analysis

Learning to Think: A Foundation for Analysis | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it
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.

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

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 Clark's curator insight, January 8, 10:42 AM

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.  

Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's curator insight, January 9, 6:55 AM

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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10 Ways to Enrich Your Classroom with Primary Sources – Part 1 | Teaching with the Library of Congress

10 Ways to Enrich Your Classroom with Primary Sources – Part 1 | Teaching with the Library of Congress | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it
As your students look around their classroom environment, does a visually stimulating array of primary sources surround them? As a teacher, you can saturate your classroom with primary sources to promote critical thinking and inquiry.
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All of these tie into the ELA/Social Studies standards for using primary sources, integrating visual information, etc.  Great ideas that would be easy to implement!

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