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Three Reasons For High Schoolers to Use Peer-Reviewed Journals in Research - Getting Smart by Guest Author -

Three Reasons For High Schoolers to Use Peer-Reviewed Journals in Research - Getting Smart by Guest Author - | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

If you’ve taught students to improve their researching and writing skills – or even graded your share of research papers – you’ve probably noticed that students have the whole process down to a system: Google a few articles or grab them from the library, look for keywords related to their topics, then write about a viewpoint or two. In college and graduate school, though, expectations will get higher as classes get more advanced. Students will soon be expected to know where the latest peer-reviewed research – research reviewed by committees of similarly advanced experts – is being published, as well as how to compare and contrast the viewpoints argued in those publications. The good news is, students can get a head start on using peer-reviewed sources right now, so they’ll be up to speed when those tough assignments come their way. Here are three reasons to encourage students to start using these sources as soon as possible.

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Writing Across the Curriculum With The Literacy Design Collaborative

Writing Across the Curriculum With The Literacy Design Collaborative | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

The Literacy Design Collaborative is a network of teachers and partners "building out a template-based approach to the literacy demands of college and the workplace, as defined by the Common Core State Standards." The concept is to give teachers tools (mostly offline but soon to be online) that enable them to transform the Common Core into classroom action by giving teacher the literacy resources to build student's college ready literacy skills through their existing content lens. 

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10 Tips for Teaching Grammar in a CCSS Classroom

10 Tips for Teaching Grammar in a CCSS Classroom | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

The Common Core State Standards stress the importance of teaching grammar. The standards lay out which grammar rules should be taught at which grade levels. So you know what rules to teach… but how do you teach them? Here are ten tips for teaching grammar according to the Common Core. (See the infographic here).

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CCSS asks teachers to keep tasks in context. Rather than isolating them into separate tasks outside of what we expect students to know and be able to do, they are embedded within the context itself.


For example, reading strategies are introduced "just in time" or when they are needed in the midst of reading a difficult text, instead of "just in case."


Here Lauren Davis offers suggestions for keeping grammar in the context of reading and writing, intead of an isolated set of worksheets to be completed and graded. Pushing the thinking out to students in having them determine the grammar rule, grammar as a reflection of the writer and very importantly, the importance of audience when making language decisions are included in her list.


This isn't to say there's not a time and place for explicit direct instruction (and practice) when it comes to grammar, but keeping the "tasks in context approach" helps students understand what they are doing and why they are doing it.

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Grounded in evidence. Part 3: Constructed responses based on evidence

Grounded in evidence. Part 3: Constructed responses based on evidence | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Structural strategies are the first essential tool in that [writing constructed response] process. Solid sentence structure, followed by solid paragraph structure provides young writers with a strong base for their responses. From there, students can begin focusing on adding in the bells and whistles. I know this might seem like the wrong approach to some, but I find it works. The students who already come into third grade with a solid understanding of structure can work with me right away on adding the bells and whistles, in their differentiated writing groups.

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10 Tips for Teaching Grammar According to the Common Core

10 Tips for Teaching Grammar According to the Common Core | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
The following blog post is part of a blog series called "Comments on the Common Core," written by Eye On Education's Senior Editor, Lauren Dav...
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Meeting the Common Core – Argumentative Writing

Meeting the Common Core – Argumentative Writing | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Making the distinction between argumentative and persuasive writing.

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Writing Undergoes Renaissance in Curricula

Writing Undergoes Renaissance in Curricula | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

The subject's ascent stems from its emphasis in the common core, feedback from colleges and the workplace, and emerging research.

 

Now more than ever it's recognized that reading and writing directly complement each other.  "Now we're seeing a lot more attention to the idea that writing about a text can improve reading about that text," said literacy expert Timothy Shanahan, the chairman of the department of curriculum and instruction at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

 

Further, the TYPE of writing is important. The idea, said Susan Pimentel, one of the lead authors of the standards, is to reduce writing "opinion untethered to evidence" and "decontextualized" writing—writing not based on the reading of a text—in favor of writing that requires students to read, comprehend, and respond to text, grounding their interpretations in evidence found there. That shift reflects what young people can expect in college and work, she said.

 

Multiple reads, close reads, reading complex texts and writing opinions/arguments based on textual evidence are the mainstays of CCSS.

 

 

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Interactive Agenda for NWP/NCTE Session

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NCTE Session Interactive Agenda: Digital Writing and The Common Core

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SCAN-We're Critical to Thinking: Simple Tools for Argumentative Writing

SCAN-We're Critical to Thinking: Simple Tools for Argumentative Writing | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

While at the recent AMLE conference, I got a lot of great information on what needs to be done in the classroom in order to meet the new Common Core State Standards. What I heard emphasized was a shift from persuasive writing (emotion based) to argumentative writing where students need to be able to make a claim, recognize and acknowledge opposing claims, and use credible sources to support their claims. In my own house, this would translate from “Mom, I need the new iPad because you have always been the coolest mom with the coolest stuff and I need to maintain that image for our family” to "Mom, I need the new iPad because I will be able to do the following: access over 100 free educational apps, keep all my notes from school organized and in one place, and store over 100 books on it.”

 

The common core is moving students to argumentation because it relies on more “substantial reasoning” based on logic and evidence and therefore has increased rigor (not the dead kind).

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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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An Introduction to Analytical Text Structures | Adolescent Literacy Topics A-Z | AdLit.org

An Introduction to Analytical Text Structures | Adolescent Literacy Topics A-Z | AdLit.org | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Many students are used to writing narratives - stories, description, even poetry, but have little experience with analytical writing. This article is an introduction to six analytical text structures, useful across content areas.

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Linking the CCSS for Writing with the Trait of ORGANIZATION

Linking the CCSS for Writing with the Trait of ORGANIZATION | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

A recent post focused on connecting the trait of Ideas with the Common Core.

 

This time around, we’ll look at 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.

 

Writing arguments, narrative and informational writing included. 

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The Core of the Common Core, Part 2: The Anchor Standards for Writing

The Core of the Common Core, Part 2: The Anchor Standards for Writing | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Once again, we tackle the job of synthesizing the standards to increase our fluency as we think and talk about them. Today we try to label the core of the anchor standards for writing.

 

Again, while distilling the standards down to a few words is an interesting exercise, we don’t intend these standards “lite” to replace the work of reading the complete standards closely.

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A Digital Toolkit for the Common Core - Getting Smart by Guest Author -

A Digital Toolkit for the Common Core - Getting Smart by Guest Author - | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

The new Common Core State Standards, which are being phased in by school districts in most states, are designed to reflect the skills and knowledge that will be most critical to success beyond high school. The benchmarks focus on developing skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening, language, and media and technology.


As these goals are incorporated into mainstream educational practices, teachers will need to stretch beyond proven lesson plans to develop learning environments and projects that meet the Common Core Standards and keep students motivated and focused. Ask any teacher and chances are he or she will tell you that successfully maintaining such a balance takes creativity and commitment.


The good news is that excellent Internet resources are available for teachers looking for new ideas to help them think outside the box. 

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Observing many educators using the same digital tools - teachers and students are quickly learning to share what's working in their classrooms.

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Teaching Writing Through Personal Reflection: Bad Idea

Teaching Writing Through Personal Reflection: Bad Idea | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Coleman’s harsh remark was justified, and it had to be offered bluntly because of the stubborn and misguided commitment many educators have to self-oriented, personal-response assignments. When they encourage 15-year-olds to explore their own feelings and memories and identities, they turn the text into a pretext for self-discovery—precisely the opposite of what they will have to do in college and the workplace. Instead of summarizing and arguing over what it says, they examine how it relates to them. Does this produce more reflective, thoughtful, informed graduates, the pedagogy of subjective response cultivating solid skills of critical thinking? Or does it encourage narcissism, the belief that “YOU are the measure of all things,” suppressing that all-important adult capacity of suspending personal feelings in order to assess and debate objectively?

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I think Coleman's comment on personal reflective writing has generated more copy than any other CCSS topic. It's a good thing most of the copy is digital and not paper (we've saved a few trees).  


Here yet another person weighs in on Coleman's statement and it provokes more conversation in the article's comments.


My questions:

  • What will best prepare students for the next level?
  • How will they be prepared most effectively and expeditiously? 
  • What needs to change in our instruction and assessment to do this?
  • Does this mean I need to strike all personal reflective writing? As we've heard before, there's a time and season. First things first.
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Reading, Writing and Summarizing

Reading, Writing and Summarizing | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
Great strategy for teaching informational text and central ideas under Common Core Standards.
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Helpful post written by Dr. Linder on the interplay between reading and writing when it comes to summarizing.  Although writing summaries does not appear in the standards until fourth grade, the term is frequently used in K-3 classrooms where what the teacher really expects is retelling.  What's the difference between paraphrasing, retelling and summarizing? Helpful resource here


Regarding summarizing, my biggest take-away from the ReadingQuest webpage is:  "teaching summarizing is no small undertaking. It's one of the hardest strategies for students to grasp, and one of the hardest strategies for you to teach. You have to repeatedly model it and give your students ample time and opportunities to practice it."  

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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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NCTE’s 700-plus Sessions Deliver on Tech, Lit, and the Common Core | School Library Journal

NCTE’s 700-plus Sessions Deliver on Tech, Lit, and the Common Core | School Library Journal | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
Robust programming addressed a wide range of topics including the Common Core, technology, reading and writing, diversity, and notable books.

Conference materials, handouts, and more information about the event can be found on the NCTE Convention website.
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Common Core in ELA/ Literacy: Shift 5: Writing from Sources

Common Core in ELA/ Literacy: Shift 5: Writing from Sources | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

This is a 12 minute video which features a discussion between NYS Commissioner of Education John B. King Jr., David Coleman (contributing author to the Common Core) and Kate Gerson (a Sr. Fellow with the Regents Research Fund) addressing Shift 5 –Writing from Sources.

 

By unpacking Shift 5, the discussion addresses the challenges and benefits of putting a renewed emphasis on writing from sources rather than keeping the current focus on personal narrative. .

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CCSS Writing Lesson: Arguing the School Calendar

CCSS Writing Lesson: Arguing the School Calendar | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

It’s easy to get students writing an argument when they are passionate about a subject and who is not passionate about the school calendar? Just open up the discussion on year round schools or what religious holidays will be observed can spark a debate. Adjusting the school calendar for emergency days adds the complexity of previous plans and often emotions run high.

 

With the recent Hurricane on the East Coast, many schools have been closed to two full weeks. Why not have your students do some critical thinking and problem solving around the topic of Emergency School Closings?

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I think this is a really good article, because it has pictures, links, and it has proper grammar. It has good vocabulary and language for  kids our age. The links are supporting the evidence in the article. 

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Common Core Practice | Bad Reviews, Elite Schools and Facebook Fakes

Common Core Practice | Bad Reviews, Elite Schools and Facebook Fakes | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Each Friday we collaborate with a classroom in New Jersey to test and publish three short writing ideas that address Common Core Standards and that are grounded in New York Times content.

 

This week, the teachers, Jonathan Olsen and Sarah Gross, and their ninth graders were just as taken with Dining critic Pete Wells’s review of Guy’s American Kitchen & Bar as the adult readers who sent it to the top of the Most E-Mailed list and the social media universe that made it a viral sensation. “This is the best article we’ve read this year,” one student said.

 

Below, some ideas for talking and writing about a review that was called “already a legend” just a day after it was published — along with two more tasks based on additional Times articles we think students will enjoy.

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Common Core Practice | Sandy Beaches, Instagram Election Photos and Peter Rabbit

Common Core Practice | Sandy Beaches, Instagram Election Photos and Peter Rabbit | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

If you’re just tuning in, each Friday we publish three short writing ideas that address Common Core Standards and that are grounded in New York Times content. On weeks when superstorms have not closed their school, these prompts are classroom-tested by Mr. Olsen and Ms. Gross’s ninth-grade humanities students.

 

Our three tasks this week involve informational writing about beach replenishment, narrative writing about Election Day photographs and argumentative writing about classic books and the curriculum.

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Common Core Practice | Chickens, Clouds and the View Outside Your Window

Common Core Practice | Chickens, Clouds and the View Outside Your Window | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Each Friday three Common Core-aligned reading and writing tasks are posted.  The tasks are inspired by New York Times content, and classroom-designed and tested by teachers Sarah Gross and Jonathan Olsen, along with their ninth-grade humanities students.

 

The three tasks this week involve argumentative writing about a neighborhood dispute, narrative writing about what you see out your window, and informative writing about cloud forecasting.

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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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8 Strategies for Designing Lesson Plans to Meet the CCSS Opinion and Argument Writing Requirements > Eye On Education

8 Strategies for Designing Lesson Plans to Meet the CCSS Opinion and Argument Writing Requirements > Eye On Education | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

For years, teachers have been designing persuasive writing lessons for their students. The Common Core State Standards are changing that by asking teachers to move away from persuasion and toward argumentation. Argumentation (called opinion writing in the elementary grades) is preferred by the CCSS because it is more rigorous and more in line with the kind of writing students will be expected to do in college and careers.

 

In this white paper, we’ll look at what argumentation really means, what the standards specifically require at each grade level, and how teachers can create lesson plans to meet these new requirements. I’ll also outline the following eight strategies for designing lesson plans to meet the new requirements:


1. Identify Fact vs. Opinion
2. Determine Credible Sources
3. Acknowledge Alternate or Opposing Claims
4. Vary Syntax
5. Assign a Combination of Short and Longer Writing Tasks
6. Use Mentor Texts
7. Involve Content-Area Teachers
8. Don’t Forget Speaking and Listening

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