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Expository Text Structures: Book Reviews (Compare/Contrast) | Burkins & Yaris

Expository Text Structures: Book Reviews (Compare/Contrast) | Burkins & Yaris | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
In this post, we return to our series that defines each of the different types of informational text, focusing today on compare/contrast.
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SB&F Online's curator insight, October 16, 2013 6:37 PM

Part of a series from Jan Burkin and Kim Yaris  looking at the different varieties of informational text.

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Achieve the Core: Instructional Practice Guide

Achieve the Core: Instructional Practice Guide | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
The Instructional Practice Guide includes coaching and lesson planning tools to help teachers and those who support teachers to make the Shifts in instructional practice required by the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).
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PARCC Chicago 2014 Practice Tests and Assessment Literacy

PARCC Chicago 2014 Practice Tests and Assessment Literacy | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

One of the highlights in PARCC's Educator Leader Cadre (ELC) meeting in July, was the "Using PARCC Practice Tests to Raise Rigor and Build Assessment Literacy Skills: Deconstructing PARCC Practice Items" presentation by Char Shryock, director of curriculum and instruction at Bay Village Schools in Ohio.


Char stressed the importance of refocusing education discussions away from "too much testing,"and back to the true goal of collecting evidence of learning -- to ensure all students are realizing their potential in the classroom and throughout their lives and careers.

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CCSS Forward: State Resources and Success Stories to Implement the Common Core

CCSS Forward: State Resources and Success Stories to Implement the Common Core | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

This website houses recommended resources for English language arts (ELA) and mathematics state education agency leaders and teachers to implement the Common Core State Standards.

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Ed Prep Matters | AACTE Blog » Smarter Balanced Celebrates Successful Practice Run

Ed Prep Matters | AACTE Blog » Smarter Balanced Celebrates Successful Practice Run | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

This coming school year, a majority of states will implement the Common Core State Standards and corresponding assessments from either the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) or the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium. To prepare for the new assessments, both consortia field-tested thousands of test items this spring. AACTE asked each consortium to provide our members with an update on its progress. This post addresses Smarter Balanced; find the PARCC update here. The views in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of AACTE.


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The scale and scope of this “practice run” of new assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards was truly unprecedented; 4.2 million students participated, making this field test the largest online assessment in the nation’s history.

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Shanahan on Literacy: Academic Vocabulary

Shanahan on Literacy: Academic Vocabulary | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

One notion of academic language was that it was any text language (formal book language versus informal oral language). A second conception also separates oral language and text language, but it also sets aside the specialized terminology that belongs to particular disciplines. In that view, words like rhombus and mytosis would be too specialized to deserve much instructional attention. A third conception is that academic vocabulary are the words used to teach and assess, and a fourth is the language that labels the essential content of the various disciplines.

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Why the Common Core is a Better Way of Teaching and Learning

Why the Common Core is a Better Way of Teaching and Learning | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
Instead of students passively receiving knowledge, the Common Core enables students to create knowledge by engaging with big ideas in math, literature, history, and science.
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Educators: Common Core Performance Standards stresses integration, reasoning skills

Educators:  Common Core Performance Standards stresses integration, reasoning skills | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

“In my 25 years as an educator, I think our students are more prepared than ever,” said Jennifer Greer, Common Core coordinator for Floyd County Schools. “If you polled my teachers, and you told them you were going to take away Common Core, I think they would be upset, because they have this now.The progression of it makes sense.”

 
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"The progression of it makes sense.” Indeed.

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What Common Core Looks Like In A Second Grade Classroom

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The Common Core State Standards in reading and math have generated lots of attention and controversy, but what do they look and sound like in a classroom? Michigan Radio's Sarah Alvarez offers a peek at the standards at work in a second grade math class.
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Can special education students keep up with the Common Core?

Can special education students keep up with the Common Core? | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

“A couple of years ago, I would never have tried such a difficult passage with these kids,” said Papa, reflecting on her lesson. “My students are stepping it up and showing some unexpected successes. I see the light bulbs go on and I see a lot of growth in their comprehension, in their vocabulary and in their confidence. They know they’re doing exactly what their peers are doing right across the hallway.”

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Oftentimes, we underestimate the abilities of our kids...special education and regular ed.

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PARCC chief says new tests “beautiful tools”

PARCC chief says new tests “beautiful tools” | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

“I think they’re really beautiful tools, but they’re just tests,” the CEO of the PARCC testing group told Colorado school administrators Friday. “The really important thing is what happens in the classroom every day,”

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“The really important thing is what happens in the classroom every day” 


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Student scores have largest one-year drop since MSAs began

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Student test scores had the largest one-year drop since the Maryland School Assessments began a decade ago — an outcome that many had predicted after officials changed what teachers taught in the classroom but not the annual test.
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What A Common Core Lesson Sounds Like In A 10th-Grade English Class

What A Common Core Lesson Sounds Like In A 10th-Grade English Class | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
The Common Core State Standards in literacy and math have generated lots of attention and controversy, but what do they look and sound like in a classroom?
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OpenEd Launches Free Common Core Assessment-Creation Tool

OpenEd Launches Free Common Core Assessment-Creation Tool | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

K-12 educational resource catalog OpenEd now offers a free tool designed to enable teachers to create assessments with the question types required by the Common Core State Standards. OpenEd’s assessment-creation tool helps educators to create tests that incorporate their own questions or existing questions automatically suggested by OpenEd’s educational recommendation engine. The assessment tool supports traditional question types such as multiple choice and true or false, as well as newer types such as multiple response, free response and composite items.

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3 Simple Tools to Support the CCSS Academic Vocabulary Shift

3 Simple Tools to Support the CCSS Academic Vocabulary Shift | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

The Common Core identifies six instructional shifts needed to effectively implement the standards in ELA/Literacy.  Shift 6 suggests an instructional change in the teaching of Academic Vocabulary. While there are many specific vocabulary standards in the K-12 Language strand, it’s helpful and important to look at Academic Vocabulary from the big picture view known as Shift 6.

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Teaching Channel: This Week's Playlist - A Common Core Lesson for ELLs

Teaching Channel: This Week's Playlist - A Common Core Lesson for ELLs | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Like me, you’ve probably noticed that almost every educational website or email you read is talking about Common Core State Standards resources. And rightly so. These standards have and will continue to have an impact on our schools and classrooms. So with all the choices available, whom should you trust? And which resources really offer the guidance you’re looking for?

To begin with, I always want to know the purpose of the resource. Is it to sell, to inform, or to teach? Although there will certainly be times when purchasing materials or resources may be important to me, right now I’m still convinced that I need to be a student of the standards. I need resources that expose the gaps in the standards, put them into plain language, and unpack the technical terms. I also appreciate the sources that address the myths that are often perpetuated by the standards: in other words, knowing what they aren’t is just as powerful as knowing what they are.

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Ed Prep Matters | AACTE Blog » PARCC Completes Field Testing of Common Core Assessments

Ed Prep Matters | AACTE Blog » PARCC Completes Field Testing of Common Core Assessments | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

So how can teacher educators prepare for the assessments? Just as I’ve written in ASCD’s “Inservice” blog in previous months (see here and here), teacher educators can use the same resources that teachers have been using in the professional learning communities in their schools and districts to connect good assessment with good instruction. PARCC states have produced a number of sample items and documents, from the Model Content Frameworks to evidence statements to scoring rubrics to performance-level descriptors, that demystify the process of assessment construction and provide a bridge from the assessment to classroom practice. 

 
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200 Prompts for Argumentative Writing

200 Prompts for Argumentative Writing | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

What issues do you care most about? What topics do you find yourself discussing most passionately, whether online, at the dinner table, in the classroom or with your friends?

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An oldie, but worth repeating.

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Debunking Common Myths About The Common Core

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Many people don't realize it's a set of standards, not a curriculum. NPR's Eric Westervelt talks with education reporter Cory Turner about other misconceptions about the Common Core standards.
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Local Common Core: Hamilton students start to see benefits as schools look for full implementation this fall

Local Common Core: Hamilton students start to see benefits as schools look for full implementation this fall | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
Classroom discussions lasted days, homework questions were challenging and reading analyses were time consuming.

 

However, Nick Carlson, a 17-year-old Hamilton High School senior, said he is thankful for the Common Core State Standards, even though they initially left a bad taste in his mouth.

 

“It was just hard to understand and hard to grasp at first, but then as you kept learning, it was easier to understand and made it more fun to learn.”



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Myth of the Month: Anything Would Be Better Than Common Core

Myth of the Month: Anything Would Be Better Than Common Core | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

If you're not worried by the direction of recent political opposition to the Common Core State Standards, you should be. Politicians who have worked themselves into a lather about the Common Core are fostering the myth that good standards are by definition nothing like Common Core. This myth is breeding a host of rash and ill-informed actions whose consequences could reach well beyond the standards themselves. When politicians use schools to advance their ideological or political ends, children suffer.

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Fave quote: "If an unfounded grudge against Common Core can spawn so much bad policy, then who knows what else is possible? The last thing we need is career politicians seizing control over what our children learn"

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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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Maine Voices: Nothing sinister in school standards

Maine Voices: Nothing sinister in school standards | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Education in Maine is a matter of local control, and the Common Core won't do anything to change that.

 

In recent years, I have heard a great deal of criticism of almost every aspect of what we do in our schools. Let me tackle several that are critically important:

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Would you be able to graduate from high school in Maryland? Take the test.

Would you be able to graduate from high school in Maryland? Take the test. | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
Maryland education leaders voted this past week to raise the bar for rising ninth- and 10th-graders by requiring them to pass the new PARCC assessments to graduate from high school. The PARCC tests, which are tied to the Common Core curriculum, will replace the current High School Assessments and are considered to be harder. Beginning this school year, rising ninth- and 10th-graders will need to pass English and Algebra I tests in order to graduate.
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If I was prepared adequately? You betcha and so can our students. Higher expectations result in better outcomes.  It takes time, development and grit. #worthit

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Get Politics Out of the Common Core: The Chronicle of Higher Education

Get Politics Out of the Common Core: The Chronicle of Higher Education | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

There can be no significant reform of higher education without a major overhaul of primary education and extensive changes in secondary education. One of the reasons students are graduating without being prepared to compete in today’s workplace is that far too many arrive at college without the knowledge and background to do college-level work. They have to spend their time catching up rather than taking the courses they need for their degree programs.

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What do effective people in colleges/careers need to know and be able to do? Start there. Work backward. Changes are needed. Simple as that. 

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Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's curator insight, July 29, 6:05 AM

Yes...get politics out of education reform. This has been the mantra of my voice for months. As the author Mark Taylor states, "educational reform has, until recently, been a bipartisan issue. In the current climate, however, the facts in a crucial national debate are being—intentionally or unintentionally—distorted." The Presidential election is causing some governors who previously supported the CCSS to feel squeamish--worried about how their constituency views what is a good decision. Please, leaders of states, don't let education revert to bad policy for lack of your courage.

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TouchCast Lesson Plans

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Lessons Plans aligned with the Common Core Standards created by innovative teachers and the EduCast team as examples of best practices.  
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Common Core might be the most important issue in the 2016 Republican presidential race. Here’s what you need to know about it.

Common Core might be the most important issue in the 2016 Republican presidential race. Here’s what you need to know about it. | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Sometimes, a policy is so dense, so politicized or so boring that it begs for explainers and analyses and charts. It happened with the debt ceiling, it happened with Obamacare and it's happening with Common Core.  What to do when there are so many explanations that a curious individual has difficulty deciding which explanation to trust?

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