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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 Reilley Clark's curator insight, November 3, 2013 7:31 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, 2014 6:56 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, 2014 2:40 PM

Close reading using Six Signposts! Great strategy!!

Linda Burke Dooling's curator insight, January 26, 2014 4:27 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 4:50 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 Reilley Clark's curator insight, September 24, 2013 9:45 PM

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Say What? 5 Ways to Get Students to Listen

Say What? 5 Ways to Get Students to Listen | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it
Ah, listening, the neglected literacy skill. I know when I was a high school English teacher this was not necessarily a primary focus; I was too busy honing the more measurable literacy skills -- r
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Easy to implement active listening strategies!

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48 Common Core Standards-aligned Teaching Tools

48 Common Core Standards-aligned Teaching Tools | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it
A collection of websites & mobile apps that are aligned to the Common Core Standards and can be used in the classroom by K-12 teachers.
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Some free, some paid, but a great list of sites to share with teachers!

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How to Teach the Common Core Vocabulary Standards | Pennington Publishing Blog

How to Teach the Common Core Vocabulary Standards | Pennington Publishing Blog | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it
What most teachers notice after careful reading of the Common Core Vocabulary Standards is the expected breadth, complexity, and depth of instruction.

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Useful strategies for vocabulary instruction.  I'm sure there are more engaging ways to do this, but I'm Scooping this for anyone who might be flummoxed by this standard:)

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Karen Larson's curator insight, August 29, 2013 2:52 PM

Useful suggestions on how to teach vocabulary in the content area.

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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 Reilley Clark's curator insight, December 16, 2013 1:08 PM

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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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, January 8, 2014 1:42 PM

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, 2014 9:55 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.

Nalya Ovshieva's curator insight, October 25, 2014 4:48 PM

A great way of thinking - looking for concrete and conceptual patterns, and then draw conclusions.. 

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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 11:22 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 Reilley Clark's curator insight, September 29, 2013 10:50 PM

I love and fervently hope number 6 becomes more common!

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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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Scaling Back to Essentials: Scaffolding Summarization With Fishbone Mapping - ReadWriteThink

Scaling Back to Essentials: Scaffolding Summarization With Fishbone Mapping - ReadWriteThink | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it
Students work in pairs and groups as they complete fishbone maps that highlight main ideas and relevant details from a cause-effect text and then write summaries of content area texts.
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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, August 29, 2013 4:00 PM

The fishbone template might be especially useful in SAI classes.

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Common Core & Ed Tech: Find Common Core-aligned Resources in the OER Commons

Common Core & Ed Tech: Find Common Core-aligned Resources  in the OER Commons | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it

"OER Commons' Advanced Search function allows the user to find Common Core aligned lessons by grade and then 'domain' - for example 'geometry' - easily. Many more resources on other subjects, too. The search page includes a wide variety of criteria beyond CC standards - subject, etc. - and the ability to search for 'interactive' tools, videos, assessments, simulations,and more. That was impressive."

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A clearinghouse for open educational resources aligned with the CCSS. Search by standard, grade, material type, media format and many other features.  

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Close Reading: "The Ultimate Goal"

Really, another post on Close Reading?  Oh, yes! And here's why. I had the privilege of hearing Kate  Roberts (@teachkate) passionately illuminate Close Reading at a session at Teachers College Wri...
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“When you are able to read closely you are doing three things at once:

Lens – What am I looking for? (examples:  text evidence, word choice, structure, figurative language)Patterns –  What patterns do I notice?  (Not to pick out one just one word, but to look across the text to determine ‘What does the author tend to do?’)Idea -What is the big idea that this author is writing about?   (not just confirm previous thinking)”  (Kate Roberts, 6/26/2013, Teachers College Writing Institute)

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