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The Common Core State Standards and Text Complexity

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The Common Core State Standards focus on increasing text complexity. What does that mean? How can we address that in the classroom?
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Common Core for School Leaders: A Guide to Developing Systemic Curriculum Growth

Common Core for School Leaders: A Guide to Developing Systemic Curriculum Growth | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it

Ideas for administrators on CCSS implementation. 

 


 

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English Language Arts and Literacy Resources

"Educators from across state lines are flocking to resources that Kansas created to help teachers evaluate the complexity of texts. Through “summer academies” that convened teachers from across the state, the Kansas education department began to build a storehouse of model lesson plans and other resources forged by its own teachers."

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Text Complexity Resources

Resources to support implementation of the KY Core Academic Standards for ELA and the Literacy in the Science, Social Studies/History and Technical Areas Standards. **1st link gives excellent breakdown on determining text complexity.**

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English Teachers: Attacking the Common Core Standards - Informational Texts-Part One

English teachers are appalled at the thought of forsaking fiction for a seemingly “unbalanced” emphasis on non-fiction. By nature, we love our literature—especially a great novel!

 

It is imperative that ELA teachers realize that it is NOT the English Language Arts teachers’ sole responsibility to address this aspect of the Common Core Standards. According to the Common Core State Standards Initiative’s Myths versus Facts section:


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Common Core Made Easy: Eye On School Success, An Online Conference

Eye On Education (Common Core Made Easy [Video] with Lauren Davis!

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Teaching Shakespeare: Common Core-Style

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With the onset of the Common Core State Standards, we asked ourselves: "What is more important: That our students know all of the plot details of Julius Caesar, or they know how to read, write and talk about a complex text, no matter what ...
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Using Biographies as Informational Texts: CCSS | Connect-a-Blog

Using Biographies as Informational Texts: CCSS | Connect-a-Blog | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it
As I travel the country at teacher conferences, ELA teachers continually express their concern and stress over the thought of providing access to and teaching Informational Texts within the Common Core Standards.
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Education First provides Common Core rubric and state implementation tool

Education First provides Common Core rubric and state implementation tool | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it
The new report is an important addition to the Common Core conversation that deserves a careful read by state policymakers looking for guidance while developing their implementation plans.
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Unpacking a Standard: Folktales, Fairy Tales, and the Common Core State Standards, by Julie Green | Booklist Online

Unpacking a Standard: Folktales, Fairy Tales, and the Common Core State Standards, by Julie  Green | Booklist Online | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it
Booklist Online Book Review: Unpacking a Standard: Folktales, Fairy Tales, and the Common Core State Standards.Green, Julie (author).FEATURE.First published March 5, 2012 (Booklist Online).Books For Youth - Fiction (RT @jgreenz: Unpacking a Standard:...
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Educators in Search of Common-Core Resources

Teachers and curriculum developers find materials reflecting the English/language arts and math standards in short supply. (Some resources are linked within this article!)

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Lesson Planning and the Common Core: A Unit Based on TED.com | Edutopia

Blogger Heather Wolpert-Gawron shares a blended genre unit where students research and write their own persuasive speeches in the TED.com format.
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Common Core: Seven Opportunities to Transform English Language Arts Curriculum | Edutopia

In the second of their series, Virginia Goatley and Brenda Overturf look at how the Common Core State Standards can help teachers build a new language arts curriculum.
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Six Keys to Successful Teacher Collaboration

Teacher collaboration—when it's good, it's very, very good, but when it's bad, it's horrid.


Many educators believe that implementation of the Common Core Standards offers an unprecedented opportunity for collaboration among teachers. What do educators already know about the benefits and pitfalls of collaboration?


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Using WebQuests to Fulfill Common Core Expectations « Common Core « Critical Thinking Works

Using WebQuests to Fulfill Common Core Expectations « Common Core « Critical Thinking Works | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it
WebQuests have always been good instructional tools for structuring students’ research and inquiry using online information sources.

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Districts Gear Up for Shift to Informational Texts

Districts Gear Up for Shift to Informational Texts | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it
Because of its emphasis in the common-core standards, millions of teachers are faced with increasing their use of nonfiction.
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informational-literacy-standards-for-science-updated-09-19-2011.pdf

"The purpose of this document is to provide an overview of the Common Core Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects... This document provides hints and tips for the part of the Common Core Standards that were written specifically for the content areas."

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Text Complexity: The Challenge of Selecting Texts

Text Complexity: The Challenge of Selecting Texts | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it

Our English department has been given the task of selecting our four mentor texts for next year’s whole class reads.


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Nonfiction Curriculum Enhanced Reading Skills in New York City Schools

According to a new study, children in New York City schools who learned to read using an experimental curriculum that emphasized nonfiction texts outperformed those at other schools.
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ASCD Inservice: Common Core Resources for Teachers

Last week, Education Week reported on the frustration teachers are facing as they begin designing lessons around Common Core priorities—teacher resources are either scarce, or hard to find.
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Resources for Understanding the Common Core State Standards | Edutopia

An educator's guide to websites, organizations, articles, and other resources looking at the new system of standards and how they will be assessed. (RT @CK12FlexBooks: Need clarity on Common Core State Standards?
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Steal These Tools / Close Reading Exemplars

Close reading exemplars from teachers, for teachers

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Persuasive Writing is a Key Focus in Common Core Standards | Edutopia

Regardless of the subject, persuasive writing is a key component of Common Core Standards.
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Common Core State Standards Resources - Curriculum & Instruction (CA Dept of Education)

Information and resources about the new academic content standards for English language arts and mathematics adopted by the State Board of Education on August 2, 2010.
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Introducing the English Language Arts Common Core State Standards | Edutopia

The International Reading Association's Virginia J. Goatley and Brenda Overturf introduce the ELA CCSS and provide context to those who are new to the standards.
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