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Tackling Debate in the Middle Level Classroom | MiddleWeb

Tackling Debate in the Middle Level Classroom | MiddleWeb | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
The public speaking aspect of the debate worried students and parents the most. Of all the Common Core expectations I can cite, it’s the Speaking and Listening standards that have most supported my teaching. I’ve always incorporated these skills in my lessons, but finally I am backed up by the Standards.
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I Teach Bay: A Closer Look At the CCSS for Speaking and Listening

I Teach Bay: A Closer Look At the CCSS for Speaking and Listening | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Speaking and listening has moved beyond standing up and giving a speech, having a visual aide, being able to take notes during class or being an active listener. The shift is toward supporting the ability to work collaboratively, use a variety of media tools to gather and share information and develop the skills necessary to make decisions about the credibility and accuracy of information.  One effective way to formatively assess these standards would be to use a variety of performance tasks within a unit rather than an isolated, stand alone activity. 

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Say What? 5 Ways to Get Students to Listen

Say What? 5 Ways to Get Students to Listen | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Ah, listening, the neglected literacy skill. I know when I was a high school English teacher this was not necessarily a primary focus; I was too busy honing the more measurable literacy skills -- reading, writing, and speaking. But when we think about career and college readiness, listening skills are just as important. This is evidenced by the listening standards found in the Common Core and also the integral role listening plays in collaboration and communication, two of the four Cs of 21st century learning.

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Listening doesn't just mean "be quiet." The author identifies focused and intentional strategies for engagement and listening.


How would you connect this to the speaking and listening standards?

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Verizon Thinkfinity

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Behind many dull textbook paragraphs, there is a great speech. I have long advocated the study of oratory as a powerful way to promote civic and historical literacy and even to inspire engaged citizenship. For teachers confronted by Common Core standards, which emphasize teaching primary texts, the study of oratory, focusing on the artistry of great speeches, provides a way to combine instruction in history/Social Studies with English Language instruction.


In this post, I'll share my reflections on teaching oratory to high school students in Louisiana as a way to combine English language instruction with Social Studies and, in the process, meet Common Core requirements.

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Post-its: Little Notes for Big Discussions

Post-its: Little Notes for Big Discussions | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
A great tool for helping students with note taking, as well as speaking in discussions on a topic, is the Post It. With Post It Notes, students can write down a thought to refer back to later in the discussion.
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Deliberating in a Democracy

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Deliberating in a Democracy is an international program designed to teach students how to deliberate controversial public issues.  This website includes lesson plans, articles, audio broadcasts and more. Consider using it (or part of it) to help students develop and deliver technology enhanced presentations to meet speaking and listening standards within your school, your district, state or even beyond our country's borders.

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ELA/Common Core: Ten Terrific Mind Mapping and Brainstorming Tools

ELA/Common Core: Ten Terrific Mind Mapping and Brainstorming Tools | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

See Richard Byrne's post on using Mind Mapping/Concept Mapping digital tools to help students in their work with Common Core standards in English Language Arts

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Mrs. Orman's Classroom Tips for Implementing the Common Core State Standards in Your ELA Curriculum

Mrs. Orman's Classroom Tips for Implementing the Common Core State Standards in Your ELA Curriculum | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

The various strands of the CCSS ELA standards work with one another, so many reading activities will cover not just the reading strand, but perhaps the writing and language strands, as well. To demonstrate this, refer to the sixth grade writing standard:

 

It would be impossible to implement this standard independently from the reading standards. They work together. Therefore, many of the resources that would cover RL.6.8 and RI.6.8 are the opening act for the writing activity.

 

After you have students make those comparisons or arguments for the reading activity, have them put it in essay format. They already have the outline done if they utilized a good reading resource for standard 8.

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Analyzing Texts: Putting Thoughts on Paper (part 3)

Analyzing Texts: Putting Thoughts on Paper (part 3) | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

The Teaching Channel demonstrates how Ms. Brewer, a fifth grade teacher, has moved her students from small group student-led discussion of a text, to whole group text talk, to the culiminating writing assignment that assesses two Writing Standards (W5.2b and 5.9b).  Note ALL students have the same writing assignment. If a small group needs extra help, support and differentiation is provided, especially for her ELL students as shown in the clip.

 

Note the benefits of closely reading the text, taking notes, and discussing the text all contriubute the students' preparation to write.  

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Analyzing Texts: Brainstorm in Small Student-Led Groups Before Writing (part 1)

Analyzing Texts: Brainstorm in Small Student-Led Groups Before Writing (part 1) | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

The Teaching Channel offers so many specific strategies for classroom teachers working with the Common Core. In this short video, a fifth grade teacher uses small group student-led discussions to brainstorm, make inferences and cite textual evidence in answering guiding questions as students prepare for a writing assignment. Addressing both Speaking and Listening and Reading Informational Text standards, this is also an effective strategy to facilitate collaborative learning.

 

The Teaching Channel demonstrates what this LOOKS and SOUNDS like.  Consider using the strategy as is, or better yet, improve upon it!

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16 Common Core Technology Tools--With Examples -

16 Common Core Technology Tools--With Examples - | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

16 Common Core Technology Tools For Speaking & Listening by Dr. Melissa Comer and Dr. Leslie Suters, Presenters at the 2014 Teaching and Learning with the iPad Conference The Speaking and Listening strand of the Common...

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8 Strategies for Teaching Academic Language

8 Strategies for Teaching Academic Language | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
"Change your language and you change your thoughts." -- Karl Albrecht

Understanding Academic Language

Academic language is a meta-language that helps learners acquire the 50,000 words that they are
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Socratic Seminar: Supporting Claims and Counterclaims

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Using Socratic Seminars in the classroom is an effective teaching strategy to increase student engagement and individual participation. Learn how one high school English literature teacher gets students involved using a Socratic Seminar.
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Ted Caron's comment, March 25, 2013 12:47 PM
Like this a lot. I think it's important that teachers emphasize the important role that the text plays in these debates. The girl in the green sweatshirt is the only one who referenced back to the text. As teachers prepare these types of experiences, the questions they ask students to reflect on should have clear connections back to the text.
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Weaving Debate into the Writing Process

Weaving Debate into the Writing Process | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Organized debates are an engaging way to help students discover, explore and organize ideas during the writing process. 

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Listening may be the most important skill of all for Common Core collaborative speaking

Listening may be the most important skill of all for Common Core collaborative speaking | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
Listening may be the most important skill of all for Common Core collaborative speaking standards.

Via Darren Burris
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#listening #speaking #collaborativespeaking #skills #english

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Common Core Connections: Using Multimedia to Present Knowledge & Ideas

Common Core Connections: Using Multimedia to Present Knowledge & Ideas | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Technology can be a powerful tool to help us meet the Common Core Standards and move our students forward to prepare them for success in school and beyond. In general, the Common Core calls for the seamless integration of technology into the curriculum. There are also specific Common Core standards dedicated to using technology. The Speaking and Listening strand across all grade levels asks students to create presentations that are enhanced by a spiraling complexity of multimedia components.

 

See this article for suggestions to help students efficiently design tech enriched multi-media presentations that are more effective.

 

 

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The Core of the Common Core, Part 3: The Anchor Standards for Speaking and Listening

The Core of the Common Core, Part 3: The Anchor Standards for Speaking and Listening | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Although not intended to take the place of the text in the standards, Burkins & Yaris offer a standards "lite" version for the purpose of shortening the standards into smaller tag lines to identify what's at the core of the Speaking and Listening standards.

 

Making concise words even more concise and using the symbols for each standard are an innovative way to make them "sticky."

 

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Sophomore Speeches: What It Means To Be A Learner

Sophomore Speeches: What It Means To Be A Learner | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

All teachers want their students to be thinkers and voice their opinions in meaningful ways. Here is a lesson that teaches students to take a narrative and transform it into an argument. Aligns with the Common Core Standards for ELA (Writing and Speaking & Listening).

 

This video clip from The Teaching Channel was a catalyst in helping me think of ways I could make it my own and better fit the needs of my students while at the same time, keep it closely aligned to Common Core.

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Analyzing Texts: Moving from Small Student-Led Discussions to "Text Talk Time" in Large Group (part 2)

Analyzing Texts: Moving from Small Student-Led Discussions to "Text Talk Time" in Large Group (part 2) | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

This Teaching Channel video features a possible next step in helping students prepare for the writing assignment. Ms. Brewer transitions students from student-led small group discussions to a whole group discussion. In this video observe how the teacher defines the expectations and procedures to participate in the large group discussion (SL.1). Observe students listening to others, building upon others' ideas, explicitly referring to the text and asking questions.

 

Just so many "Common 'Coreisms'" in this video - author's viewpoint (RI.8), using illustrations to to answer questions or solve a problem (RI.7), and acurately quoting from the text (RI.1). Ms. Brewer is well planned and intentional as she facilitates the whole group discussion. And the little guy near the end of the video can hardly contain his exuberance when speaking about North America! 

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Teaching Channel: Using Multiple Texts to Make Connections in Student Led Conversation

Teaching Channel: Using Multiple Texts to Make Connections in Student Led Conversation | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Pinwheel Discussions put students in roles where they are  likely to engage and be able to effectively discuss readings and make connections across multiple texts.

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