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The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) supporting school leaders in helping all students become college and career-ready and to succeed in post-secondary education and training
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Pre-reading Strategies, Part 1: Building Background Knowledge | Burkins & Yaris

Pre-reading Strategies, Part 1: Building Background Knowledge | Burkins & Yaris | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
In this blog we explore the Common Core idea that teachers shouldn't build background knowledge to help students understand what they are reading. We offer an alternative to this commonly practiced instructional strategy.
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What is “Complex” Text? | Burkins & Yaris

Anchor Standard Ten Begs Question:


In this blog we consider the meaning of anchor standard 10 of the Common Core, which states that students need to read grade level complex text independently and proficiently.


"... the amalgam of several, somewhat complicated, factors that come together to determine what level of challenge a text poses to a particular reader on a particular grade for a particular task."

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Scaffolding Text Complexity for At-Risk Readers

Scaffolding Text Complexity for At-Risk Readers | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

A DISTRICT PERSPECTIVE: SCAFFOLDING TEXT COMPLEXITY FOR AT-RISK READERS
by Tara Boyer


Perhaps the increased rigor of the common core will help us to eradicate the gap between those students who are reading at grade level and those who are not.


Even so, the process will not be immediate.


And while I support the common core, I also realize that not all students will be able to read independently at the lowest level of the text bands without scaffolding, let alone at the high end of the text bands.

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Ted Caron's comment, September 25, 2012 11:14 PM
The second "scaffolding" section presents a list of helpful interventions for at-risk readers. Having said this, it's unclear, at least at this point, the extent to which such interventions (e.g. providing a summary or vocabulary in advance of a reading) undermine the value of reading a complex text in the first place. Of all the interventions, small group or one-to-one instruction--complete with interactive or divided notes and a list of prepared and VERY text-specific questions--may be the most effective and appropriate intervention of all, provided that we have the resources and time to give.
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Enriching literacy with cell phones? 3 ideas to get started

Enriching literacy with cell phones? 3 ideas to get started | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
September is National Literacy Month, and what better way to celebrate and promote literacy than focusing on the tools that students own and love: their ce (Top story: Enriching literacy with cell phones?

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Practical Guidance on Pre-Reading Lessons

Practical Guidance on Pre-Reading Lessons | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Tim Shanahan on Literacy


"The common core will require that we use challenging texts and many students will struggle. Various supports, scaffolds, and motivation will be needed to allow students to read hard texts successfully."

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"We don't have to actually give up narrative (text) completely." Learning to Muse

"We don't have to actually give up narrative (text) completely." Learning to Muse | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

This demand of the Common Core, which call for greater emphasis on informational text, has caused a wide range of feelings and reactions from educators across the United States. Some embrace the idea; others are outraged.


Most teachers with whom I have spoken plan to do what needs to be done to meet the needs of their students.

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ELA Video Lesson: Argument

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By Sarah Brown Wessling

Shift #3: Argument vs. persuasion

Another shift in the ELA standards is a concentrated focus on argument instead of persuasion. While persuasion may often rely on emotional appeals and personal experience, argument requires more textual evidence and close-reading of the text. This lesson shows a multi-step approach to help students learn to focus on how an argument is constructed.

https://www.teachingchannel.org/videos/literacy-analysis-lesson?utm_source=Alpha+List&utm_campaign=d245033d36-Newsletter_June30_2012&utm_medium=email
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ELA video lessons: More Non-Fiction

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By Sarah Brown Wessling

Shift #1: More non-fiction

By secondary grades, the standards say that students should be reading 70% nonfiction and 30% fiction. We have to remember, though, that the literacy standards are for more than just English Language Arts, so this breakdown is the responsibility of an entire building. Lessons like Inquiry Based Teaching: Discussing Non-Fiction show how to analyze non-fiction in an inquiry-based method. Note: adult language is sometimes used to talk about slave narratives in this lesson.

https://www.teachingchannel.org/videos/inquiry-based-teaching-discussing-non-fiction?utm_source=Alpha+List&utm_campaign=d245033d36-Newsletter_June30_2012&utm_medium=email

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A New Way To Gauge Text Complexity: Too Complex?

A New Way To Gauge Text Complexity: Too Complex? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

One of the thornier aspects of the new common standards is the formula for sizing up the complexity of a text. You've probably heard that the standards hit heavily on the importance of students reading stuff that is sufficiently complex to challenge them and evolve their reading skills. You've probably heard less, however, about exactly how teachers are supposed to gauge a text's complexity.

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Literacy Instruction and the Common Core | Center for Teaching Quality

Literacy Instruction and the Common Core | Center for Teaching Quality | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

The Implementing Common Core Standards teacher team created portfolios of unit plans, lesson plans, assessments, and student work documenting their use of Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC) tools across the curriculum.


The teachers’ plans and materials will be available online soon. For now, here are their reflections on bringing Common Core-aligned lessons to life in their classrooms.

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Does the Common Core make school librarians even more valuable?

Does the Common Core make school librarians even more valuable? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

In School Library Journal this month that librarians’ expertise in embedding “inquiry” into instruction fits “elegantly” with the Common Core’s focus on the “process” of learning rather than just the content that must be covered.

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Myth: Fiction is the only way to develop students’ love of reading and comprehension skills

Myth: Fiction is the only way to develop students’ love of reading and comprehension skills | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

By Kathleen Porter-Magee

Thomas B. Fordham Institute


Myth: Fiction is the only way to develop students’ love of reading, learning, and critical comprehension skills is "one of the most prominent and often fiercely defended fallacies in American education."

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Teaching students how to understand complex texts is critical to their cognitive development

Teaching students how to understand complex texts is critical to their cognitive development | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Teaching students how to understand complex texts is critical to their cognitive development, writes Anthony Palumbo.


Our best students are equal to students anywhere; our least-successful students group toward the bottom of the international distribution curve.

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What does it mean that literacy crosses all subjects?

What does it mean that literacy crosses all subjects? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Reading Like a Historian: Sourcing


Sourcing documents is a key skill within the curriculum for Reading Like A Historian. Discover a way to structure a sourcing lesson for your High School History class.


What does it mean that literacy crosses all subjects? In short, this means that because we don’t read novels the same way we read science labs or the same way we read histories, all of us get to teach the different faces of literacy.

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What is Close Reading?

What is Close Reading? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Common Core State Standards TOOLBOX


Doug Fisher defines close reading.


"Close reading is an instructional approach that requires readers to re-read a text several times and really develop a deep understanding of the content contained in the text. The purpose is to build the habits of readers as they engage with the complex texts and to build their stamina and skills for being able to do so independently. However, close reading doesn’t mean that you simply distribute a complex reading and then exhort them to read it again and again until they understand it. As part of a close reading, students "read with a pencil" and learn to annotate as they go. In addition, they are asked text-dependent questions that require that they produce evidence from the text as part of their responses."



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Reading Std #8: Who Was First? Discovering the Americas

Reading Std #8: Who Was First? Discovering the Americas | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Reading Std #8: Delineate and evaluate argument and specific claims in a text, assessing reasoning & evidence.

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Will Texting Destroy Writing Skills?

Will Texting Destroy Writing Skills? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

"In general, I’m a fan of anything that gets students writing, and there are real benefits to giving students the gift of textual brevity rather than the stomach-churning fear of a five-paragraph structured essay. I’ve done quite a few articles on the benefits of Twitter’s 140-character approach to writing and my teacher’s gut says the same applies to text messaging. Truth, studies on this topic are inconclusive."

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Text-Based Questions About the Common Core Reading Standards | Burkins & Yaris

Text-Based Questions About the Common Core Reading Standards | Burkins & Yaris | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
This tool is designed to help teachers achieve deep levels of understanding of the Common Core Reading standards.
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Reading Requires Knowing

By Annie Murphy Paul


Knowledge vs. Skills Debate


“Reading is ‘domain specific.’ You already have to know at least a little bit about the subject—and sometimes a lot about the subject—to understand a text. The same thing is also true about creativity, critical thinking, and problem solving. Indeed, nearly all of our most cherished and ambitious goals for schooling are knowledge-dependent . . .


Daniel Willingham has written, ‘may be the single biggest factor holding back reading achievement in the country. Students will not meet standards that way. The knowledge-base problem must be solved.'

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ELA Video Lesson: Texts not taught in isolation

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By Sarah Brown Wessling

Shift#2: Texts are not taught in isolation

From very early grades, students are asked to see texts in the context of others. No longer can we see texts in isolation. Practically speaking, this means that we don’t read a book, take a quiz, take a test, put the book away. Rather, we need to see texts in conversation with each other to help students have more opportunities for analysis. This lesson from my classroom offers a look at texts in conversation with each other.

https://www.teachingchannel.org/videos/high-school-literature-lesson-plan?utm_source=Alpha+List&utm_campaign=d245033d36-Newsletter_June30_2012&utm_medium=email
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Common Core will improve literacy and make teaching more fun

Common Core will improve literacy and make teaching more fun | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
the Common Core State Standards, implemented well and thoughtfully, promise to both improve literacy and make teaching a lot more fun and significantly more rewarding.
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Helping Our Students Become Better Readers

Helping Our Students Become Better Readers | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
An award-winning English and Social Studies teacher at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento, Calif., Larry Ferlazzo is the author of Helping Students Motivate Themselves: Practical Answers To Classroom Challenges, English Language Learners:...
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Critical Thinking and The Common Core Standards | Burkins & Yaris

Critical Thinking and The Common Core Standards | Burkins & Yaris | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
As we begin to think about aligning our instruction with the Common Core Standards, we must first reflect on our loftier goals for students as learners, one of which is critical thinking. How well do the standards support this goal?
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Teaching Writing using Computers: Pros and Cons

Teaching Writing using Computers: Pros and Cons | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

There are some things computers really can do better than humans. But what about writing?

"Mark Shermis (pictured) heads up the University of Akron College of Education. Earlier this year, he co-authored a study of nine different essay-grading computer programs. Shermis says that on shorter writing assignments the computer programs matched grades from real live humans up to 85 percent of the time. But on longer, more complicated responses, the technology didn’t do quite as well."

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The Reading & Writing Project: CCSS Aligned Strategies

The Reading & Writing Project: CCSS Aligned Strategies | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Title: Common Core Aligned Book Club Conversation


Title:Common Core Aligned Accountable Book Talk


Title:Discussing Historical Fiction Critically

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