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Close Reading, the Common Core, and a Freaking Awesome Prezi | Teaching the Core

I don’t know about your district, but in mine we have a leading contender for Buzzword of the Year: close reading.
So what is this mystical act? And, like too many buzzwords, is it mere hogwash? Or could there be awesomeness contained within it?

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Common Core Standards ELA Bellringers

Introducing new Common Core Standards ELA Bellringers! Expose your students to the language arts common core standard for their grade. These bellringers are short 5-minute quizzes/lessons that will walk your students through each standard. These language arts bellringers include 3 sections: Reading (literature, informational text, and foundational skills), Writing, and Language.
The free samples are from Grades 4 (Language), 5 (Reading), 6 (Writing). Each packet of bellringers is $100. Get all packets of ELA bellringers (K-10) for $600.

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Common Core Questions

Raise the Standard of your ELA Assessments! Use Common Core aligned Questions! Learn more. View our FREE samples.

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Wikispaces for Designing Common Core Activities

To truly embrace the Common Core Standards perhaps it is necessary for teachers to put some distance between themselves and scripted curriculum and utilize their own digital literacy skills to become designers. Fortunately, there are many free and user friendly digital tools available for designing the types of learning experiences that will help students develop the skills necessary for success in school and beyond.

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Top 10 Questions to Ask Common Core Vendors

Compass Learning has compiled a list of 10 questions you should be asking prospective Common Core vendors, along with key language and concepts you should hear back in their responses. Your efforts will help you better recognize alignment and misalignment, inform your purchases, guide your professional development efforts, and ultimately ensure your students, teachers, and schools achieve success with the new Common Core State Standards and assessments.

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Common Core Institutes

ASCD has a lineup of Common Core Institutes around the country that we’re inviting you to attend. The one-day institutes that focus on English language arts or mathematics standards are a good fit for educators of any level, while our two-day institutes can help superintendents, principals, and other administrators learn how to support colleagues and monitor progress of the new standards implementation.

Take a look at the upcoming institutes below to see if one is coming to a town near you. Stay tuned for more dates and locations!

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Common Core Practice: Medical Manga, a Family Grocery and a Restaurant Review

Science: “Manga as Medical Tool”
Common Core Anchor Standards: RI4, RI10, W1, W9, W10, RH4, RH5

Dr. Ian Roberts of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine recently published a study showing that a new drug that promotes blood clotting in patients can reduce the chance of death in trauma patients.

Because no pharmaceutical companies will devote money to an advertising campaign, Dr. Roberts has turned to nontraditional means to share the information with doctors around the world, including cartoons and manga comics.

Your Task: Do you think it is a good idea to share research findings through visual media, like manga comics and cartoons? Write a paragraph in which you use information from this article to support your views. Provide at least one example where visual media could be helpful — or harmful — in sharing this kind of information.

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Turn-On Common Core Math

Turnonccmath.com is designed to elaborate the "scientific basis" of learning trajectories research and link to the Common Core State Standards. Unpacked descriptors describe students' movement from naive to sophisticated ideas by identifying bridging standards; underlying cognitive principles; student misconceptions, strategies and inscriptions; and models, related representations and contexts. The descriptors for each learning trajectory include a diagram that provides a Structural Overview of the standards and descriptors within that LT.

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Sample problems for Math and ELA for the new CCSS

We are all well aware that the Common Core State Standards are going to require our kids to do more at a younger age. Our students will be asked to approach learning and classroom instruction in a way that is different than what they are accustom to. Likewise, we will need to approach student learning and our teaching in a slightly different way as well.

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Common Core: Fact vs. Fiction

Think informational text = boring? Reinvent your reading lessons with dinosaurs, artists, and geologists!

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Will common standards boost math skills?

Looking at each state’s previous math standards provides strong support for the adoption of common standards, according to a new study.

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Are new online standardized tests revolutionary? Decide for yourself.

New high-tech standardized tests are coming soon to schools across the country, but will these new tests really revolutionize how we measure whether children are learning? The designers of the new tests, which a majority of states plan to adopt in two years, are allowing a sneak peek at sample questions, so you can decide for yourself.

Two competing state coalitions have taken on the job of designing the new tests, the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, and both have posted examples of what’s coming on their websites.

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Common Core State Standards for ELLs

This Colorín Colorado resource section explores what the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) will mean for English language learners (ELLs).

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StudySync

StudySync is an award-winning, web-based product designed to increase reading and writing for middle and high school students. Research-based and aligned to the Common Core Standards, StudySync engages students in reading and writing through an extensive digital library of hundreds of texts, TV-quality video lessons, and a proprietary online writing and anonymous peer review tool.

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Common Core Standards Math Bellringers

Introducing new Common Core Standards Math Bellringers! Expose your students to every math common core standard for their grade. These bellringers are short 5-minute quizzes/lessons that will walk your students through each standard.

The free sample is 7th grade math. Each packet of bellringers is $100. Get all packets of math bellringers (K-8 plus Algebra I and Algebra II) for $700. 

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Use of Blogging to Address the Common Core

First year New Milford High School teacher Mrs. Westbrook has been tackling the Common Core in an engaging and innovative fashion. One major instructional shift required by the Common Core Curriculum Standards is the increased emphasis on the use of informational texts. As students engage nonfiction, they learn to grapple with complex ideas and arguments and use those ideas in forming their own opinions.

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What future can social studies education have under the Common Core?

Will history and civic education classes be replaced with longer English classes in low-performing schools in order to improve test scores?

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D Langen's curator insight, August 22, 2014 8:42 AM

An interesting commentary. Many see a solid tie to literacy as a way of ensuring social studies relevance in a Common Core world, but others fear social studies will be subsumed under a enlarged English Language Arts focus.

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A New Kind of Problem: The Common Core Math Standards

A set of guidelines adopted by 45 states this year may turn children into "little mathematicians" who don't know how to do actual math.

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Moving the Common Core State Standards from Adoption to Implementation to Sustainability

If you’re an educator in one of the 46 states that has adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), you’ve not only been learning about the standards and what they mean for you and your students, but you’ve most likely begun implementing them as well.

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The Common Core Plus—Time to Include New Media Development and Creativity

I am in talks with people about creating a Common Core Plus. More about that as it unfolds; I have an article coming out about this in the near future. For now, we should see Wibbitz as a shot over the bow. As we see words yield to the New Media Collage (see my Ed Leadership article Orchestrating the Media Collage for more information), we will see services like Wibbitz emerge. The Common Core, which addresses basically letters and numbers (with some nods to media), will be seen as an incomplete approach to literacy going forward.

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Common Core Practice | Sandy Beaches, Instagram Election Photos and Peter Rabbit

In New Jersey, many towns rely on tourists to improve their economy. To attract tourists, these towns make all reasonable attempts to preserve their coastline and even extend it. Many areas replenish beaches with sand from the ocean floor, but some scientists are now saying that practice should be stopped.

Your Task: In a paragraph, summarize why many shore-area towns make the decision to replenish their beaches. Be sure to include at least three reasons in your response that use evidence from the article.

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Inside Mathematics

The Inside Mathematics website is dedicated to collecting and sharing resources and tools to guide and support mathematics teaching and learning for purposes of classroom use, professional development, and administration leadership. Inside Mathematics is in the process of aligning its resources with the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics.

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Fairy Tales and the Common Core

In my opinion, there is no unit of ELA study that will not benefit from the inclusion of fairy tales. This can be as simple as using picture books to introduce compare/contrast or basic thematic analysis terms (plot line, setting, character, conflict, mood) and it can be or as complex as formal readings of critical texts

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Angela Forshee's curator insight, July 10, 2013 6:55 PM

This article includes some fun activities to do with Grimms Fairy Tales, but can also be applied to any sort of play. Some of the activities include labeling plot and finding characters.

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Lesson Plan: Mystery Word X

In this lesson students analyze the classification of nouns and verbs. They begin by considering nouns as “a person, place, or thing” and verbs as “action words”. Students then study more specific uses of nouns and verbs and rethink their classification.

As an additional exploration, we present students with examples of how verbs can be transformed into nouns and vice versa, and which part of speech lends itself to clear, succinct, writing.

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Tying Common Core and English-Proficiency

As school districts forge ahead in putting the common academic standards into practice, many states are still revising or creating new English-language-proficiency standards to spell out for teachers the sophisticated language skills that their English-learner students will need to succeed with the rigorous new academic expectations.
To help states with that task, the Washington-based Council of Chief State School Officers late last month released a detailed set of guidelines created by English-language-learner experts and some of the lead writers of the Common Core State Standards in English/language arts and mathematics, as well as the Next Generation Science Standards. The new guide, or framework, as it's formally called, is designed to be a road map for states as they update, revamp, and rewrite the English-language-proficiency standards that teachers will use as guideposts to help ELL students acquire the academic language necessary to learn the new content.

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