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Common Core Writing Rubrics | 6-Traits Resources

Common Core Writing Rubrics | 6-Traits Resources | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it
Turnitin has partnered with the English Professional Learning Council (EPLC) to develop three writing rubrics—argument, informative and narrative—that are aligned with the CCSS.
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You need to sign up and have the rubrics emailed to you, but it's worth doing!

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Teaching Argument vs. Evidence

Teaching Argument vs. Evidence | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it
Sarah Tantillo, author of The Literacy Cookbook, tackles the argument vs. evidence challenge with 6 steps to help prepare students for the ELA CCSS. (CCSS: Teaching Argument vs.
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In the Trenches: Common Core Literacy Lesson Plans > Eye On Education

In the Trenches: Common Core Literacy Lesson Plans > Eye On Education | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it

The Common Core State Standards ask teachers to shift from teaching persuasion to teaching argument. Some examples from teachers are included.

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How to Shift from Teaching Persuasion to Teaching Argument

How to Shift from Teaching Persuasion to Teaching Argument | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it
Strategies for teaching argument to support CC ELA standards.
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Common Core SL.CCR.2 Explained | Teaching the Core

Common Core SL.CCR.2 Explained | Teaching the Core | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it
The 2nd Common Core speaking/listening anchor standard is about integrating multiple sources of information, presumably into a speech, debate, or conversation.
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Tales of a 6th Grade Classroom: Integrating Tech: Debate and Persuasive Writing

#CCSS aligned debate and persuasive writing unit with Edmodo, Scholastic http://t.co/q7MckWbL #edtech #engchat #ccchat #educhat
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Using Edmodo for debate gives more introverted students a voice.

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Meeting the Common Core – Argumentative Writing in Grade 7

Great outline for introducing students to writing argument.

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Video: How to Rock Out CCSS-friendly, In-class Debates | Teaching the Core

Video: How to Rock Out CCSS-friendly, In-class Debates | Teaching the Core | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it
Here I walk through my beginning of the year debate formats. I also discuss how debating connects with numerous CCSS anchor standards.
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An Argumentative First Day Activity Aligned with W.CCR.1 | Teaching the Core |

An Argumentative First Day Activity Aligned with W.CCR.1 | Teaching the Core | | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it
Here are my thoughts on an icebreaker that seeks to immediately begin building an argumentative, collaborative culture in my classroom. Could be done on any day.
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