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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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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.

SaraKLMS's comment, December 15, 2013 4:47 PM
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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Resources for Understanding the Common Core State Standards

Resources for Understanding the Common Core State Standards | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it
Feeling overwhelmed by the sheer volume of dense information out there about the Common Core State Standards (CCSS)? You're not alone. Here's Edutopia's guide to resources that will help you make sense of it all.
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Perhaps an overwhelming list to share--it might be best to share links to some of the resources listed!

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Using Essential Questions in the Classroom

Using Essential Questions in the Classroom | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it

"Essential questions should make a connection to major issues, concerns, interests, or themes relevant to students’ lives. They are open-ended, non-judgmental, and meaningful.  They invite an exploration of ideas and encourage collaboration.  And, surprise, they integrate technology to support the learning process!"

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Be sure to click through to the guide for more resources!

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Common Core in Action: Narrative Writing

Common Core in Action: Narrative Writing | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it
There is a panic amongst writing teachers that is based on the myth that our baby, narrative writing, is shunned by the Common Core standards. I'm here to encourage everyone to take a deep breath an
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Several useful ideas in this post! Via @Edutopia and @Tweenteacher

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Text to Text: A New Feature, and an Invitation to Share Ideas

Text to Text: A New Feature, and an Invitation to Share Ideas | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it
Introducing a new feature, in which we pair a Times article, past or present, with an often-taught literary, historical, scientific or mathematical text. We invite teachers to send us ideas.
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Focus on close reading of two texts, with graphic organizers included.

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Mark Gillingham's curator insight, October 10, 2013 1:50 PM

A wonderful cross-text activity for readers. 

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4 Important Ways To Make The Common Core Transition Easier On Students

4 Important Ways To Make The Common Core Transition Easier On Students | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it
4 Important Ways To Make The Common Core Transition Easier On Students
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The Common Core Toolkit: September 2013

The Common Core Toolkit: September 2013 | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it
Common Core-related resources and news for the September, 2013, edition of PW's Cut to the Core column
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Solid list of resources for librarians learning about the Common Core. 

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6 Free Online Resources for Primary Source Documents

6 Free Online Resources for Primary Source Documents | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | 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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Great resources for ELA or Social Studies teachers!

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Mary Clark's curator insight, September 24, 2013 6:45 PM

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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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Essential Questions Guide

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This PDF provides examples of essential questions, defines the specific features of essential questions, and has excellent resources for further exploration!

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Beth Panitz, Ed.D.'s curator insight, November 23, 2013 8:22 PM

Essential Questions are an important concept for teachers to learn as they guide students in close reading of text.

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Common Core ELA Resources for Middle School Educators

Common Core ELA Resources for Middle School Educators | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it
Many teachers this year are updating existing curriculum for the Common Core. And it's going to be a long process for everyone.
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Nothing new here, but it's all in one article to share with that teacher who is panicking over a lack of resources.  Oh, and point that teacher to the library, too!  We have lots of great resources for you!

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Teaching the Core--Teaching Character

Teaching the Core--Teaching Character | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it
How do we equip students with the increased rigor of the Common Core? The answer, according to Paul Tough and KIPP, could be quite simple.
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I just flat out love this so much it makes me almost want to have a classroom so I could try it out!  I do speak to students a lot about this, but I'd love to see how a sustained conversation about grit would impact students.

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200 Free Kids Educational Resources: Video Lessons, Apps, Books, Websites & More

200 Free Kids Educational Resources: Video Lessons, Apps, Books, Websites & More | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it
Get free K-12 video lessons; mobile apps; audiobooks, ebooks and textbooks; foreign language lessons; test prep materials; and web resources!
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Loads of great free resources that you can incorporate into CCSS lessons!

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How To Add Rigor To Anything

How To Add Rigor To Anything | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it
How To Add Rigor To Any Lesson, Unit, Or Assessment Rigor is a fundamental piece of any learning experience. It is also among the most troublesome due to its relativity. Rigorous for whom? And more importantly,...

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I love and fervently hope for lots of # 6!

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Mary Clark's curator insight, September 29, 2013 7:50 PM

I love and fervently hope number 6 becomes more common!

Mr. Nesi's curator insight, October 9, 2013 5:30 PM

With all of the changes that are taking place in education it is important to remember that challenging our students and raising the bar is valuable.

 

Students need to be challenged and will benefit from increased rigor and challenging as well as engaging instruction.

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14 Ways to Use The Learning Network This School Year

14 Ways to Use The Learning Network This School Year | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it
Happy academic year 2013-14! Here’s what we’ve got on our blog and how you can use it, whether you’re a teacher, a student (of any age) or a parent.
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Several easy to implement ideas for Common Core-aligned lessons using resources from The New York Times Learning Network

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Linda Dougherty's curator insight, September 8, 2013 5:12 PM

Share with teachers is a must on the library news!