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Shanahan on Literacy: Who's Right on Text Complexity?

Shanahan on Literacy: Who's Right on Text Complexity? | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

It seems that there is a lot of conflicting information coming out about accuracy and complex text. In the April edition of The Reading Teacher, Richard Allington wrote an article pertaining to struggling readers. In this article he says that there are studies showing the benefits to teaching children using text where their accuracy is high. Our district just raised the running record accuracy rate expectation to 95-98% accuracy based on the current research. Yet, your blog postings pull in the opposite direction. How do teachers know what is right and what is wrong? After all, teachers want to do what is best and most effective towards student learning.

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What Common Core ELA Instruction Might Look Like by Mike Schmoker and Carol Jago

What Common Core ELA Instruction Might Look Like by Mike Schmoker and Carol Jago | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

In this thoughtful article in Kappa Delta Pi Record, consultant/authors Mike Schmoker and Carol Jago say, “Done right, the ELA Common Core has the potential to right the ship of literacy, to facilitate, at long last, the creation of coherent curriculum in every course, and to rescue us from the fads and pseudo-literacies of recent decades.” They believe the CCSS appendices and ancillary documents are the “true strength” of the document, providing resources for students “to engage in close reading of large amounts of high-quality, complex text, combined with opportunities to engage in discussion and writing grounded in text.” 

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Helping Students With Non-Fiction Text

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Article takeaways from author's key points:

  • I had been so busy concentrating on my science instruction and content that I had neglected to teach content-area reading.
  • Once I saw my role in the science classroom as a teacher of both science and reading, I began to see improvement.
  • This shift in teaching mind-set will be especially important as states begin to adopt the Common Core State Standards, which include standards for literacy in science and technical subjects.


Article includes matrix of how to tackle content area reading and is aligned to CCSS anchor standards. 

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List: What Common Core authors suggest high schoolers should read

List: What Common Core authors suggest high schoolers should read | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
A Post story by my colleague Lyndsey Layton about controversy surrounding the Common Core English Language Arts standards — or, more specifically, the call for reading by high school seniors to be 70 percent non-fiction — has generated a lot of online interest.

A number of the hundreds of comments on the story mention some of the reading recommendations from the Common Core authors that Layton mentioned in the story, including “the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco (2009) and “Executive Order 13423: Strengthening Federal Environmental, Energy, and Transportation Management,” published by the General Services Administration.”

Here is the full list of reading “exemplars” for high school. The fiction category is divided into stories, poetry and drama, and the nonfiction category, or “informational texts” offers suggested reading in English, History/Social Studies, and Science/ Mathematics/Technical Subjects. (The K-11 exemplars are contained in Appendix B to the standards; there are none listed for 12th grade.)"
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Shanahan on Literacy: Common Core Videos and Other Resources

Shanahan on Literacy: Common Core Videos and Other Resources | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
I recently received an excellent letter from a literacy supervisor who is trying to prepare her colleagues to succeed with common core. She sent a copy of her planned approach for my comment. This is the kind of energy and thoughtfulness that the common core is going to require. This plan is bright and thoughtful, so with her permission I'm passing it on.
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Let’s Meet Common Core Standards with Great Nonfiction | Children’s Literacy Foundation

Let’s Meet Common Core Standards with Great Nonfiction | Children’s Literacy Foundation | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

If students will be reading more nonfiction in the near future – and it looks like they will be – it’s certain that educators will have to find high-quality, intelligent sources of text that will excite students, not wear them out. Let’s hope more teachers, parents, and administrators engage with the question of what should students read with the insight and inquiry of Mosle’s own example of well-written, thought-provoking, and personal nonfiction.

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Education Week Digital Magazine: Rethinking Literacy

Education Week Digital Magazine: Rethinking Literacy | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Reading in the Common Core Era

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Hello Literacy: Continuing Conversations about the Common Core...Close Readings of Complex Text - Part 1

Hello Literacy: Continuing Conversations about the Common Core...Close Readings of Complex Text - Part 1 | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

"Listening to Shanahan really got my principal and I thinking about our current models of differentiation, and how students are served, how many times students are served, with what are they being served and in what instructional focus vein is the service being provided."

 

Read more about the conversations and follow up regarding Vocabulary instruction, reading complex texts and scaffolding.

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IRA and NCTE Offer Resources to Address Common Core State Standards - ReadWriteThink

IRA and NCTE Offer Resources to Address Common Core State Standards - ReadWriteThink | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

IRA and NCTE are pleased to offer a wide array of resources to aid in the successful implementation of the English Language Arts (ELA) Common Core State Standards (CCSS).

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JSD Comprehensive Balanced Literacy - Home

JSD Comprehensive Balanced Literacy - Home | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Jordan School District's Literacy website include many, many useful resources for ELA Common Core including recommended reading lists (by title, Lexile measure, description), word walls/cards, writing rubrics, and much more.  

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Teaching Methods and the CCSS

Teaching Methods and the CCSS | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

This totally made sense to me.  It empowers teachers to choose teaching methods, scaffolds and other resources to hold students accountable to standards that incite deep thinking, and those that will enable them to move to the next level.  Written in the "spirit" of Common Core.

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Shanahan on Literacy: Powerpoints from Summer Speeches on CCSS

Shanahan on Literacy: Powerpoints from Summer Speeches on CCSS | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

This has been a very busy summer with lots of projects, research analysis, article writing, and, of course, many presentations around the country. These talks have focused on the shifts or changes required by Common Core, the foundational skills preserved by CCSS in the primary grades, disciplinary literacy, challenging text, and close reading. The Powerpoints from those presentations are all now available at this site.

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Georgia's Literacy Wiki

Georgia's Literacy Wiki | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
This Wiki is for Georgia teachers of science, social studies and technical subjects to find, share and discuss resources from around the state. Please use the discussion board to share how the strategies and resources work for you. Additionally, please share any resources that are helping your students meet the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards. Specialists at the GADOE will be happy to answer any questions posted. You can also email us at drock@doe.k12.ga.us
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Think Alouds: Unpacking the Standards

Think Alouds: Unpacking the Standards | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
If you are having trouble understanding the Common Core Standards, and how to begin teaching with it, check this presentation out.
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Takeway: All teachers won't necessarily be teachers of English, but ALL teachers will teach literacy in their discipline.

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Finding the Connection Between CCSS for Literacy and Student Motivation

Finding the Connection Between CCSS for Literacy and Student Motivation | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
I believe that a tell-tale sign of a change initiative that has merit is one that quickly takes teacher conversation to the student motivation question. As in, “What do we do about the students who aren’t motivated to read, write, or otherwise delve deeply into our content?”

A teacher’s role in motivating students is a largely missing piece of the school change dialogue, but the good news is that if the Common Core State Standards, particularly the College and Career Readiness (CCR) Anchor Standards for Literacy, are implemented with fidelity; the motivation gap will begin to close.

The CCR Anchor Standards emphasize confidence-building literacy experiences embedded in purposeful, student-driven investigation and research. Strong literacy skills and understanding of the learning process are not attained in a vacuum. Imagine how student confidence will change in future years if more content teachers take the approach that students will learn to think about what they are learning and how they are learning it.
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This link is promoting CCR which focuses on purposeful, student-driven investigation and research to motivate students in the classroom.

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Education Week: Literacy and the Common Core: Reflecting on the Research

Education Week: Literacy and the Common Core: Reflecting on the Research | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

This afternoon, we had a great practical discussion with International Reading Association President-elect Maureen McLaughlin and University of Chicago literacy and curriculum specialist Timothy Shanahan. The conversation touched on everything from text complexity and English-language learners to comprehension for the youngest students. For those interested in all things common core, check out the archived transcript.

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Education Week: Literacy and the Common Core Webinar with Tim Shanahan

Education Week: Literacy and the Common Core Webinar with Tim Shanahan | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

The Common Core State Standards crystallize new ways of looking at how students read in the digital age. The standards draw on research about the different ways students read narrative and informational text, different types of writing in different disciplines, and the importance of working with texts of varied complexity and difficulty.


However, the common core deliberately leaves out specific instructional strategies to help students meet those standards, and researchers say they will have to hustle to develop best practices for teachers.

 

Our guests—one a researcher on the committee that helped develop the literacy standards, the other leading a group to help teachers implement them—will talk about the research behind the standards, and how to make sense of the changing literacy landscape.

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Literacy Instruction Expected to Cross Disciplines

Literacy Instruction Expected to Cross Disciplines | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Around the nation, education leaders are grappling with how best to help teachers and schools reflect this cross-disciplinary dimension. If not exactly a new idea, educators and experts say the standards offer a clear articulation of the notion—including detailed learning objectives—and may well spark an expanded and more deliberate emphasis in schools.

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Next Generation Literacy Assessments – Are You Ready Middle Grades? » Lens on Learning

Next Generation Literacy Assessments – Are You Ready Middle Grades? » Lens on Learning | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Helpful post that includes discussions on instructional shifts in ELA, model content frameworks and a discussion on ASCD's Literacy Design Collaborative.

 

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CCSS Reading: Two Common Core Blunders To Avoid

CCSS Reading: Two Common Core Blunders To Avoid | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Great article that gives practical suggestions about how content area teachers in Science and Social Studies can become more focused on reading and how ELA teachers can complement fictional texts with non-fiction articles.

 

"Please, let's not rob students of a well-rounded education just because the Common Core seems to have added some new focal points to literacy instruction, making it seem like there's "more to cover." Collaborate across disciplines instead!"

 

And direct from the CCSS Initiative website:

 

"Myth: English teachers will be asked to teach science and social studies reading materials.

 

Fact: With the Common Core ELA Standards, English teachers will still teach their students literature as well as literary non-fiction. However, because college and career readiness overwhelmingly focuses on complex texts outside of literature, these standards also ensure students are being prepared to read, write, and research across the curriculum, including in history and science. These goals can be achieved by ensuring that teachers in other disciplines are also focusing on reading and writing to build knowledge within their subject areas."

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Finding the Write Stuff: A Science Teacher Puts on Her Literacy Hat

Finding the Write Stuff: A Science Teacher Puts on Her Literacy Hat | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

We've talked about it for years.  All teachers in the building (not just the ELA teachers) should be versed in helping students read and write across the curriculum. The Common Core expects this as identified in the literacy standards for Social Studies and Science.

 

In this article, the writer states, "Reading and writing skills should not be the responsibility of English teachers alone, but of all teachers. I teach biology, so coaching my students in writing isn't exactly in my comfort zone. But among my ninth grade students, writing and research skills were weak. As teachers, we often ask our students to step outside their comfort zones. Sometimes teachers need to do that too." *applause-hollar-cheer*

 

"It's important for teachers to look outside our own curricular comfort zones in order to provide unique learning opportunities to students. I gained not only insight into the lives of my students, but also valuable supplements to my curriculum, and overwhelming pride in my students."  

 

She's the kind of teacher from which I could learn Biology!

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"Just right" books revisited: 3 ways we undermine student learning

"Just right" books revisited: 3 ways we undermine student learning | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

A new book published by the International Reading Association and written by Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey, Diane Lapp provides yet more evidence that the focus on “just right” books may in fact be undermining student learning in three critical ways:

 

1. Assigning “just right” books makes reading too easy.

 

2. The “just right” theory overlooks the important role instruction should play in improving comprehension and building knowledge.

 

3. It has focused attention on teaching skills, rather than on teaching texts.

 

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