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5 Ways to Keep Creativity Alive in Your Common Core English Class

5 Ways to Keep Creativity Alive in Your Common Core English Class | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
However, there are many ways to work within the constraints of the Common Core standards and still foster creativity in your classroom. The key can be summed up in one, Common Core-friendly term: synthesis, or combining ideas from multiple sources and creating a new theory or system of ideas. Let’s take a look at some ways that working with your students on synthesizing can promote creativity in your English class.
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Three (Common Core) Justifications for Binge Listening To Serial

Three (Common Core) Justifications for Binge Listening To Serial | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

A teacher friend asked me this weekend if I had started planning for next semester, which totally interrupted my fantasy of being a woman of leisure. Truth be told, though, January 5th is fast approaching. The teenagers will expect me to be well rested and prepared for our second semester adventures in learning.

 

It’s a good thing that I, like most teachers, never really stop planning. Every conversation, book reading, TV binge watching session has the potential to yield seeds for a great lesson. Even in vacation mode, my mind is busy filing away ideas and information to bring back to my classroom.

 

Take for instance my current obsession with the NPR podcast, Serial(link is external).


Here’s a very generic synopsis: Serial is twelve part series from the creators of This American Life. Each 40-45 minute episode digs into what host Sarah Koenig feels is unresolved information about the trial of Adnan Syed. Syed, who was convicted of the first-degree murder of ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee in 2000, is currently serving a life sentence in a correctional facility in Maryland

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Get Common Core Ready: Transfer Active Reading Strategies Online

Get Common Core Ready: Transfer Active Reading Strategies Online | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
I'm writing a series of blogs titled "Get Common Core Ready" that are inspired by my next book Creatively Teach the Common Core Literacy Standards with Technology (to be published by Corwin in spring 2015). This first blog will focus on helping students to transfer their pen and paper annotation
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Mini-assessment for Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech

Mini-assessment for Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Includes an excerpt from the book Walk Two Moons, six text-dependent questions, one constructed-response writing prompt, and explanatory information for teachers regarding alignment to the CCSS.

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Using Informational Text to Teach Literature

Using Informational Text to Teach Literature | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
We were excited to attend the session, “Reinvigorating Traditional Literature with Relevant Nonfiction to Meet the Common Core,” presented by Stacey O’Reilly and Angie Stooksbury at the 2013 NCTE.  And of course we were eager to follow up on their excellent presentation by reading their new book, Common Core Reading Lessons: Pairing Literary and Nonfiction Texts to Promote Deeper Understanding (Routledge 2014).  In their book, they offer student and teacher-friendly ideas and activities for combining informational text with Frankenstein, Romeo and Juliet, Animal Farm and other classic literary pieces. There’s a lot of good material to work with here! 
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Reading Passages on Historical Subjects

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ReadWorks is based on the highest quality research on reading comprehension and can also help you meet Common Core and state standards. ReadWorks is free and meant to be shared, so please tell every educator you know to register today.

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Google, Video, and Maps in Common Core-aligned ELA & Social Studies Lessons

Google, Video, and Maps in Common Core-aligned ELA & Social Studies Lessons | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Earlier this week I conducted a workshop on using Google tools, video tools, and Google Maps Engine Lite in Common Core-aligned ELA & Social Studies lessons. The slides from that workshop are embedded below. The value of the slides is mostly found in the links contained within them. The questions on the picture slides are questions that teachers asked when I prompted them to think like middle school students. We then tried to find the answer to the questions they asked.

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Empathy For the Devil: How Teaching #Argumentation Can Develop Student Empathy for Opposing Viewpoints

Empathy For the Devil: How Teaching #Argumentation Can Develop Student Empathy for Opposing Viewpoints | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

There is an ongoing debate in my English department about instructing writing. Do we teach students how to write or do we guide them how to become writers? Let me clarify. One of my coworkers, who I will call Irene, believes most students are clueless how to write an essay and must be taught writing by strictly following a template. According to Irene, we need to teach our students to follow the Jane Schaffer method to construct a paragraph, or mimic Graf and Birkenstein’s They Say, I Say to develop a thesis. If we do so, eventually our students will have the tools to write like an academic.

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Also differentiates between persuasive and argumentative writing.

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Math, Science and ELA intersections in the CCSS Classroom

Math, Science and ELA intersections in the CCSS Classroom | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Relationships and convergences among the mathematics, science, and ELA practices

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How High Standards Further Understanding and Creativity

How High Standards Further Understanding and Creativity | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

At a recent Parent Forum regarding the Common Core Standards, a parent asked "Do the Common Core standards hinder creativity in the classroom?" As a high school English teacher, fostering creativity and innovative thinking has always been important to me; however, when taking a closer look at my lessons before the implementation of the Common Core Standards, I can honestly say that I may have been limiting the creative choice in my classroom.  Since the adoption of the higher standards, students are now being asked to critically analyze rigorous texts and create their own ideas and claims in response to these texts.

 

The learning in my classroom is vastly different today than it was just a few years ago. When looking back at my old lessons, I realize that much of the valuable learning time in class was made up of me re-enacting my favorite novels to my students. I would often tell my students what the "important" parts of the novels were (themes, characters, setting, tone, etc.).  Many times, the students could do very well on assessments even if they did not really understand the literature or appreciate the author's language, simply by listening to me and regurgitating the notes I provided for them.

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Why does this high school English teacher prefer Common Core Standards? It's about the students!

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Supporting ELA Common Core Standards in Science - Curved Learning

Supporting ELA Common Core Standards in Science - Curved Learning | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
The common core standards are transitioning the way literacy is taught in science classrooms. These strategies will help assist teachers in the transition.

 

Incorporating both Math and English in science is not fairly complicated, but we will focus on supporting the reading and writing portion of science which is commonly overshadowed by hand’s on activities. 

 

In Focus: Evaluating the Essentials to Radically Improve Student Learning, Mike Schmoker (2013) states that inquiry must be developed through authentic literacy, and that is how science teachers will support the CCSS in science classrooms everywhere.

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A worthy read! Includes examples of incorporating literacy standards in science with links and examples. Particularly useful to me was the portion related to students' annotation of science texts.

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"The new standards are tougher!" Teacher on Common Core English Standards

Hazlett says one of the biggest changes with the new Common Core English standards is a greater emphasis on non-fiction material.


“It used to be maybe 20-30 percent of our teaching was non-fiction and now it’s 50 [percent] or more,” she says. “That’s a huge difference.”


The new standards are tougher than Ohio’s old standards, Hazlett says, and they require students to analyze writing more deeply.


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Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's curator insight, December 20, 2013 12:29 PM

Many students will be more motivated to learn when they are reading informational text--authentic, publised text that teaches about the real and current world. Granted, that's not all kids need to know, but to nurture a culture of learners, we must become a world of readers.

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Common-Core Study: Teachers Aiming Too Low With Reading Assignments

Common-Core Study: Teachers Aiming Too Low With Reading Assignments | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
A new survey of teachers shows that most assign readings based on a student's reading level, rather than his grade level.
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Why Reading Strategies Usually Don't Help the Better Readers

Why Reading Strategies Usually Don't Help the Better Readers | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
Yes, we should teach reading comprehension strategies, even to good readers. But we should do so in an environment that emphasizes the value of knowledge and understanding, and that requires students to confront genuine intellectual challenges. Those disciplinary literacy strategies touted in my last entry seem to have motivation built in: trying to connect the graphics and the prose in science to figure out how a process works; or judging the veracity of multiple documents in history; or determining which protagonist an author is most sympathetic to in literature tend to be more purposeful and intellectually engaging than turning headers into questions or summarizing the author’s message.
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Stephanie Roberts's curator insight, June 11, 2015 10:13 AM

I teach AP students so I found this interesting.

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Common Core in Action: Using Digital Storytelling Tools in the ELA Classroom

Common Core in Action: Using Digital Storytelling Tools in the ELA Classroom | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
A storytelling app helps students use technology to produce and publish writing, collaborate with others, and hit the College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Writing.
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Common Core: Explicit vs. Implicit Information

Common Core: Explicit vs. Implicit Information | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
Words like "explicit," "implicit," and "inference" sound like a foreign language to most students, yet the Common Core expects students to "read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it." Students must be able to identify both explicit and implicit
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Achieve the Core: Press Release Path Forward (for ELLs)

Achieve the  Core: Press Release Path Forward (for ELLs) | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

The 2013 results of American 12 graders on the reading portion of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) are troubling, but they do more than highlight our educational weaknesses. They point to actions that are needed to improve student achievement.

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But the results also point to what can be done to improve. Looking at the contextual variables measured by this year’s NAEP, which are often overlooked in media coverage, we learn what instructional practices exist for the most successful students (as reported by the students themselves!), and likewise, what practices are missing from the educational experiences of students that struggle.

Students who strongly disagreed with the statement, “When I read books, I learn a lot” scored 45 points lower than students who strongly agreed with the statement.Students who reported never or hardly ever discussing their interpretations of reading in class had average scores 22 points lower than those who reported doing those tasks every day or almost every day in class.Likewise, students who reported never or hardly ever being asked to explain what they read had average scores 28 points lower than those who reported doing that every day or almost every day in class.

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Achievement or lack thereof is about more than statistics. Educators need to examine outcomes in relationship to items and determine where weakness lies.  

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History Vs. Hollywood: Examining Accuracy in the Movies | MiddleWeb

History Vs. Hollywood: Examining Accuracy in the Movies | MiddleWeb | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
Media literacy expert Frank W. Baker shares resources to help students examine the historical accuracy of docudramas and address an ELA Common Core standard.
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Shanahan on Literacy: Daily Five and Common Core?

Shanahan on Literacy: Daily Five and Common Core? | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
The Daily Five establishes a very low standard for teaching by emphasizing activities over outcomes, and by not specifying quality or difficulty levels for student performances. Teachers can successfully fulfill the Daily Five specifications without necessarily reaching, or even addressing, the standards.   

Perhaps, teachers could animate the Daily Five framework with goals and proficiency standards from the common core. I think any of the activities could be stretched or shaped to somehow address the core standards. And, yet, I wonder if it’s worth the extra time this represents. What does it add?   

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Shanahan on Literacy: Don’t Give the Common Core State Standards a Close Reading and Other Culinary Tips

Shanahan on Literacy: Don’t Give the Common Core State Standards a Close Reading and Other Culinary Tips | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
I’ve been receiving queries about the CCSS from teachers, principals, and consultants trying to figure out the standards. They don’t always like my responses—in fact, some have argued back that I must be wrong.  I’m not (he said, modestly). 
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Students find meaning in Common Core curriculum

Students find meaning in Common Core curriculum | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
Under Michigan's new Common Core State Standards, instruction in English language arts has changed dramatically. Under the new standards, the text - not the teacher - takes center stage in instruction.
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Key takeaways:

 

Under the new standards, the text — not the teacher — takes center stage in instruction.

Complex, grade level texts instead of instructional leveled texts are used. 


The thinking is "pushed out" to the students - more critical thinking (analysis and evaluation)


While being implemented, teachers need support, PD, and TIME. 

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Powerful Pairings: Read-Alouds for the Common Core - TeachersFirst

Powerful Pairings: Read-Alouds for the Common Core - TeachersFirst | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
Find a sampler of powerful pairs of books for read-alouds in elementary classrooms implementing the Common Core State Standards. These books will help you and your students delve into pairs of books, addressing standards for both literature and informational text.

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Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's curator insight, February 6, 2014 8:33 AM

This website offers six sets of text pairings for each of three K-6 grade bands: lower, middle, and upper elementary. Each of the six pairings is aligned to a Common Core Standard, provides bibliographic text information, and text synapsis.

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No nonsense nonfiction: Tips for incorporating nonfiction into the ELA curriculum

No nonsense nonfiction: Tips for incorporating nonfiction into the ELA curriculum | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Many school districts are going through a painstaking process of writing new curricula to meet the Common Core State Standards. One of the biggest changes for English language arts teachers working to refine and update curricula is the need to incorporate larger amounts of nonfiction texts. As ELA teachers, we are experts in teaching literature — but nonfiction? Having recently gone through the process of writing a new middle-school ELA curriculum, I fully understand this challenge. Below are some of the ways our middle school ELA teachers worked to more organically integrate nonfiction texts into our teaching.

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Keep in mind the expectation to increase non-fiction texts (and more complex texts) is not only in the ELA class, but other subjects as well. 

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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, January 8, 2014 1:21 PM

Great examples of how to painlessly add informational text to your teaching.

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Tools to Unpack the ELA Common Core Standards | MiddleWeb

Tools to Unpack the ELA Common Core Standards | MiddleWeb | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
Sarah Tantillo shares a simple, user-friendly graphic organizer that can help teachers unpack the ELA Common Core standards and design objectives and activities.
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Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's curator insight, January 6, 2014 6:44 PM

Thought I'd posted this blog before, but just in case I didn't...Tantillo shares a method to use in understanding the CCSS. I know teachers don't have time to do the work, but if you don't do the close reading, you won't really know what the standards want. The whole idea of the standards is to create readers who can analyze and good analysis has to start with the teacher. Please, please...even if you don't unpack all the standards, work this closely with a few...and choose the meatier ones!!

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Common Core State Standards

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As we delve into the ELA common core standards, we notice the technology embedded into them. This document highlights the explicitly stated technology within specific grade leveled standards. It should be noted that technology, as a tool, can be used in the other standards as well.

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