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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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Close Reading Strategies, Rubrics, and Sample Assessments for History Teachers

Close Reading Strategies, Rubrics, and Sample Assessments for History Teachers | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

The University of Maryland, Baltimore County has an excellent resource for history teachers. The UMBC Assessment Resource Center for Historyoffers sample assessments based on readings from six eras in U.S. history. The assessments include multiple choice question and performance tasks based on close reading exercises. The performance task assessments include scoring rubrics, sample responses from students, and the documents that students need in order to complete the performance tasks. Click here (link opens PDF) for a sample performance task.



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Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's curator insight, September 22, 2014 11:15 AM

These are the types of resources teachers need to support their implementation of Common Core Standards in the disciplines. Please share with social studies teachers!

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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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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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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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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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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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Awesome Stories: Primary Source Docs for Common Core

Awesome Stories: Primary Source Docs for Common Core | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

AwesomeStories is a gathering place of primary-source information. Its purpose - since the site was first launched in 1999 - is to help educators and individuals find original sources, located at national archives, libraries, universities, museums, historical societies and government-created web sites.

Sources held in archives, which document so much important first-hand information, are often not searchable by popular search engines. One needs to search within those institutional sites directly, using specific search phrases not readily discernible to non-scholars. The experience can be frustrating, resulting in researchers leaving key sites without finding needed information.

AwesomeStories is about primary sources. The stories exist as a way to place original materials in context and to hold those links together in an interesting, cohesive way (thereby encouraging people to look at them). It is a totally different kind of web site in that its purpose is to place primary sources at the forefront - not the opinions of a writer. Its objective is to take the site's users to places where those primary sources are located. 


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Deb Gardner's curator insight, March 27, 2013 6:23 PM

Excellent digital resource when teaching with CCSS, particularly in science and social studies!

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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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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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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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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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