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Readability and the Common Core’s Staircase of Text Complexity

Readability and the Common Core’s Staircase of Text Complexity | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it
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This would be a great article for small group discussions about text complexity. It's so much more than lexile levels!

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Reading Portraits: Analyzing Art as a Primary Source  

Reading Portraits: Analyzing Art as a Primary Source   | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it

Tom Bober and Brianna Zavadil White write: "You may have seen a portrait of a famous individual used alongside a title slide of a presentation or accompanying a list of facts about that person. In classrooms, portraits are often used as window dressing to history, a face to put with a name, event, or date, but portraits can tell students much more.

 

The strategy of reading portraiture encourages the visual analysis of a piece of art, similar to closely reading a document. The visual clues found in portraiture may be decoded to learn about the individual featured in the artwork. To get started, select visually complex images that include objects and a compelling setting."

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Starting students off with primary source documents can be a challenge, as they struggle with archaic language, print quality, etc. Using images, in this case portraits, and having students examine them in a variety of ways, can make primary sources more appealing! I love the suggestion in the comments to compare two portraits to really get students thinking.

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Creating Infographics

Creating Infographics | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it
In this lesson, students will create an infographic to share knowledge and data about an issue or science topic they are studying.
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Learning to create infographics is a great way to discuss visual literacy, too! Get students thinking about colors, fonts, layout, images, etc. Creating infographics will give students a more critical eye when viewing them.

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Primary Source Sets--Digital Public Library of America

Primary Source Sets--Digital Public Library of America | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it
DPLA Primary Source Sets are designed to help students develop their critical thinking skills by exploring topics in history, literature, and culture through primary sources.
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Great new sets to share with language arts and history teachers!

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10 Resources for Teaching With Primary Sources -- Free Technology for Teachers

10 Resources for Teaching With Primary Sources -- Free Technology for Teachers | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it

From Richard Byrne on his Free Technology for Teachers site.

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Richard Byrne has a great list here to share with social studies teachers. 

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Center for Student Work

Center for Student Work | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it

"The Center for Student Work is an open resource featuring exemplary pre-K to 12th grade student work. Use these models to raise questions, provoke thinking, and inspire excellence. Learn more about why student work matters."

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Grab a cup of your beverage of choice and settle in to explore this site. Lots of great projects (and yes, some CCSS are listed at the end, but by now, surely you can figure out which standards align with your teaching, right?) Notice how many of these models take time--a semester or a year. This is the type of work that engages students!

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Corroboration, Conflicting Sources, and Competing Narratives

Corroboration, Conflicting Sources, and Competing Narratives | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it

Brooke Feldman writes: "Students often ask me, “how do we know what really happened?” As historians, we tackle this sophisticated question by corroborating, sourcing, and evaluating evidence. We look to multiple accounts and determine points of convergence and divergence, and from there we determine historical facts. This blog post focuses on corroboration as a means to push rigor, thinking, and engagement in the social studies classroom."

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I love sharing examples of specific lessons like this with teachers! Sometimes seeing a lesson, even if it's not related to your subject matter, can help spark that a-ha moment for a teacher. 

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7 Technology Enhanced Item Types You’ll See On Common Core Tests

7 Technology Enhanced Item Types You’ll See On Common Core Tests | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it

Amanda Ronan writes: "Common Core testing season is right around the corner, so you want to spend some time making sure your students have the technological skills that will be required of them. PARCC and SBAC released items and practice tests to demonstrate the new item types students will see in the spring. We’ve summarized these items and given you some excellent online resources to help your students practice with the new testing interface. Now you can help your students show that they can master anything Common Core testing throws their way!"

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Oh boy--I've got students who can't even use Ctrl P to print, and they're expected to drag and drop? Sharing this with my teachers -- not so that they start teaching this, but so students can practice at home! (Or so we can add a computer literacy semester-long class for incoming students.)

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Common Core & Ed Tech: Five Ways to Use Google Forms in Your Classroom

Common Core & Ed Tech: Five Ways to Use Google Forms in Your Classroom | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it

Karen Larson highlights 5 specific ways to use Google Forms:  for self and peer review; to document PD; for quizzes; to collect student work from other websites; and to share rubrics.

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These are all great ideas.  I just wish there were sample forms, too!

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A Non-Freaked Out Framework for Literacy Instruction Across the Content Areas, Common Core or Otherwise

A Non-Freaked Out Framework for Literacy Instruction Across the Content Areas, Common Core or Otherwise | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it

Dave Stuart Jr. writes: "My theory is that the non-freaked out framework, by intentionally leaving out some of the things listed below, will have a greater likelihood of impacting the most students possible because, at its heart, it’s simple enough to grasp in an hour and complex enough to explore for a career. I’m obviously not saying my approach is the only way to increase student literacy development across the content areas (I find Mike Schmoker’s work in Focusto be superior to mine in just about every way, and fully attribute the seminal nature of his work to my thinking). I’m just saying this framework is one potential model to explore; by all means, we need to develop and experiment with more models."

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Dave gives a great overview of literacy instruction here. ELA teachers don't bear this burden alone, folks! I'd love to see this article as the basis for some professional development on CCSS this school year. There's a lot to think about and debate, but I think he's done a great job distilling the essential parts of CC instruction into a simple and elegant model.

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School and Public Libraries: Finding Common Ground on Common Core

School and Public Libraries: Finding Common Ground on Common Core | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it
This is a fascinating discussion between Olga Nesi and Nina Lindsay, working in the school library and public library fields respectively.

After reading it, I feel like it's time to sit down with our public library cohorts for our own Common Core discussion. There's some great stuff here about the pieces of the text complexity puzzles, because it's not all lexile levels.

Even simple things like public library card sign-ups at school, or coordinating the purchase of databases would be a bi...
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All of this is still on my list to do this year!

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How to Design Projects Around Common Core Standards

How to Design Projects Around Common Core Standards | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it

Heather Wolpert-Gawron writes: "Call me bass-ackwards, but I don't design projects around the Common Core Standards. I design projects based on what I believe are engaging topics that encourage my curriculum. Having said that, I don't neglect them either. In fact, by the end of my design process, I would say that I've become rather intimate with the series of standards I'm trying to hit." (emphasis added)

Mary Reilley Clark's insight:

Heather's posts about PBL and/or Common Core are always worth reading! This is an article that should be shared throughout your school. 

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J. Mark Schwanz's curator insight, July 8, 2014 11:29 AM

Time for teachers to have a little time off and to put some planning time in on next year's projects. I like Heather's approach of finding engaging topics first, then incorporate the standards as they best work in.

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How annotation can help students understand complex texts

How annotation can help students understand complex texts | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it
Aaron Brock and Jody Passanisi recount their year of teaching annotation skills to students to build their comprehension and analysis of historical text.

Via Mel Riddile, Cindy Riley Klages
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Great tips for how to teach annotation, and the pitfalls to avoid. 

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Tales of a 6th Grade Classroom: CCSS Aligned Lessons

Lindsey Fuller writes: "I have cross-referenced my technology lessons with the ELA CCSS for 6th grade.  Although these are grade specific, the standards follow a continuum that should allow for easy adaptation to other grade levels. (Science and Social Studies alignments coming soon!)"

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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, June 10, 2014 11:16 AM

This is a great site to share with teachers who might still be hyperventilating about how to "do" Common Core.  Lindsey has generously shared her lessons, so teachers can see how to take what they already teach, and adapt to the Common Core. Lots of good stuff on her site, so be sure to explore!

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Free Technology for Teachers: 10 Ways to Use Adobe Spark in School

Free Technology for Teachers: 10 Ways to Use Adobe Spark in School | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it
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Richard Byrne shares several great ideas here that would work in every subject area. I love that Adobe Spark works well on Chromebooks, too. I'm using Page to create a new orientation presentation for 7th grade. It's so visually appealing, and I think the zoom feature will be a great way to highlight specific parts of the library.

 

Next year I'll have an opportunity to work with an 8th grade teacher who will teach both language arts and history. I already envision several projects where all three of the Spark tools will be useful!

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Questioning That Deepens Comprehension

Questioning That Deepens Comprehension | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it

Douglas Fisher writes: "Scaffold students' thinking about complex texts by asking what the text says, how it works, what it means, and what it inspires them to do."

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This is a useful framework to share with students, whether you use Common Core, California State Standards, or just your own great teaching strategies!

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NYPL Public Domain Collections: Free to Share & Reuse

NYPL Public Domain Collections: Free to Share & Reuse | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it
Did you know that more than 180,000 of the items in our Digital Collections are in the public domain? That means everyone has the freedom to enjoy and reuse these materials in almost limitless ways.
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Thousands of items for students to explore, use, and remix!
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Zoom In

Zoom In | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it

"Zoom In is a free, Web-based platform that helps students build literacy and historical thinking skills through “deep dives” into primary and secondary sources."

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I looked around at this, and found some good lessons. I'm surprised that the primary sources have been "adapted", though. I understand that the language might be archaic, but I'd prefer the documents to be left alone, and the teacher do any adaptation she feels necessary for her class. Still, this looks like a good resource for US History classes.

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Why Reading Comprehension in the Content Areas is Important

Why Reading Comprehension in the Content Areas is Important | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it

Amanda Ronan writes: To prepare students for college and careers, reading comprehension needs to be a part of allsubject areas. Students cannot master complex scientific concepts, comprehend historical treaties, or follow complex logic problems without it. Content areas deal with complex texts that require analytical reading skills. Students in social studies, science, and math classes have to be able to compare and synthesize ideas, and use specific academic vocabulary."

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Amanda offers tips for both elementary and secondary students. I think teachers need to be very clear that they all are teaching reading comprehension and writing for their subject areas. I glanced at a history paper a student was writing and commented that he'd failed to capitalize most of the names in his paper. He told me it was OK, as it wasn't for English class!

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10 Intriguing Photographs to Teach Close Reading and Visual Thinking Skills

10 Intriguing Photographs to Teach Close Reading and Visual Thinking Skills | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it
We pair 10 photos from The Times that we’ve used in our weekly “What’s Going On in This Picture?” with ideas from students and teachers for how you can use them, or images like them, to teach close reading and visual thinking skills.
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Some interesting ways to incorporate visual thinking strategies into ELA classes. 

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Mayra.Loves.Books's curator insight, March 10, 2015 2:56 PM

I've got to try this exercise in writing.

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5 Ways to Keep Creativity Alive in Your Common Core English Class | Edudemic

5 Ways to Keep Creativity Alive in Your Common Core English Class | Edudemic | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it

Amanda Ronan writes: "The Common Core State Standards do not have to mean the death of creative work produced by your students. If anything, the emphasis on textual analysis gives you more reason to explore interesting and creative ways for students to engage with texts. "

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Very useful ideas that teachers can easily implement. Amanda's two points for making the CCSS connection obvious would be a great help to teachers doing creative work, yet worried about administrators' evaluations.

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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, January 22, 2015 11:34 AM

Very useful ideas that teachers can easily implement. Amanda's two points for making the CCSS connection obvious would be a great help to teachers doing creative work, yet worried about administrators' evaluations.

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Common Core in Action: Examining 2 Texts in the Social Studies Classroom

Common Core in Action: Examining 2 Texts in the Social Studies Classroom | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it

Monica Burns writes: "The Common Core State Standards ask students to use details they have gathered from informational texts to draw conclusions. An important aspect of this task is the idea that students must use information from several texts on the same topic." 

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I like Monica's suggestions, but students certainly don't need iPads to consume and interact with two or more texts! What about using Google News to find a plethora of articles on one topic, in one place?  Also, if it's a global news story, be sure to use an international news source. 


This article is a good jumping off point, but please, please, let's be device agnostic!

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One Librarian's Common Core Success Story

One Librarian's Common Core Success Story | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it
Melissa Jacobs-Israel profiles middle school librarian Christine Poser in this School Library Journal article, and gives several tips to make sure your library is THE resource for Common Core information at your school.

Christine began by educating herself about the standards, then sharing her knowledge with teachers, providing professional development on text complexity, giving informational text suggestions, etc.

Another good tip: analyze your collection so you can highlight what you have...
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Great tips here!

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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
"Teachers need to integrate technology seamlessly into the curriculum instead of viewing it as an add-on, an afterthought or an event." -- Heidi Hayes Jacobs, Educational Consultant, Curriculum Des...
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This is an old article that I'd Scooped previously, but wanted to move:)  

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Common Core Text Exemplars: Summer Reading for Teachers | EDSITEment

Common Core Text Exemplars: Summer Reading for Teachers | EDSITEment | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it
This list of EDSITEment resources includes lessons, websites, interactives, and featured articles aligned to the ELA, Common Core State Standards text exemplars. The CCSS exemplars are sample texts intended to guide educators as they thoughtfully select fiction and nonfiction texts to use as vehicles for teaching the Common Core. EDSITEment resources help unlock those authors’ stories, dramatic works, poetry, and informational texts. The list of exemplars with aligned EDSITEment resources is divided by grade levels: 6 – 8; 9 – 10; and 11 – College and Career Readiness.
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Some good resources here for anyone who will be using the Appendix B text exemplars. They look a little less...dowdy with the supplementary info provided by EDSITEment.

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Common Core in Action: 10 Visual Literacy Strategies

Common Core in Action: 10 Visual Literacy Strategies | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it
Do you wish your students could better understand and critique the images that saturate their waking life? That's the purpose of visual literacy (VL), to explicitly teach a collection of competencies
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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, February 19, 2014 4:01 PM

This is what I was aiming at with my lesson plan for using primary source images.  Here's a link to that lesson.  You'd need to log in to see the Common Core Standards it addresses, as well as the graphic organizers and rubrics:  http://aasl.jesandco.org/content/picturing-historyanalyzing-and-researching-primary-source-images