Everyone hopes new standards will get students out of a reading slump. But the demand for more nonfiction reading is being resisted by English teachers.
Bauerlein and Stotsky report
...doesn’t see why English classes have to carry the nonfiction weight. Social studies and science courses can do that. The real battle, he says, will be in the elementary schools, where lesson plans have failed to provide the vocabulary, background knowledge and context that make good readers."
December 11, 2012 webinar addresses the shift in special education services for districts implementing the Common Core...
Identify the shift in language required to align with the Common Core. Review a guiding framework for writing IEPs with CCSS-aligned goals and objectives. Recognize a CCSS-aligned IEP for primary and middle school grades.
Via Mel Riddile
You have probably heard some buzz about incorporating a lot more non-fiction in your classroom. Rest assured that the Common Core does not abandon literature, but it does require that teachers work more deliberately with informational texts. This Q/A article will help you to make sense of this shift and provide you with some practical tips and resources to get started.
ELA, Grade 7: A 4- or 5-day unit on Laura Hillenbrand’s “Unbroken” (about an American prisoner of war in Japan during World War II) and Jeanne and James Houston’s “Farewell to Manzanar” (about an internment camp for Japanese Americans).
Objectives: Push students to think critically about two divergent WWII stories.
Organization: ordering ideas to make them both clear and interesting. We’ll define the trait, link it to the CCSS for writing, and suggest favorite books to use as mentor texts in teaching important elements of Organization—including leads, endings, and transitions.
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