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Idaho State DoE Common Core State Standards: English Language Arts Tool Box

Idaho hammers away at Common Core State Standards and offers an English Language Arts Tool Box

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Waiting for PARCC Recent Updates, Released Items, Q&A

Audra McPhillips, from the WWPS, shares information regarding PARCC.


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How To Make Students Better Online Researchers

How To Make Students Better Online Researchers | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

We cannot presume our students know how to locate, verify, save and annotate digital resources in their online research. 

 

The author provides four basic approaches you can start with right away.  In addition, become fluent with a social bookmarking app (i.e., Diigo) and and a notetaking app like Evernote to archive, tag, annotate and take notes.  Then teach your students to do the same!

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English-Language Proficiency and Common Core: A Guide for States

English-Language Proficiency and Common Core: A Guide for States | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

The Council of Chief State School Officers released a new set of guidelines this week that are designed to help states revise, revamp, or rewrite their English-language proficiency standards so that they align with the common core standards in English/language arts and mathematics, as well as the new content standards that are still under development for science.

 

Susan Pimentel, one of the lead writers of the common core's English/language arts standards, was in charge of the effort.

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Public Review of Draft CCR Determination Policy

Public Review of Draft CCR Determination Policy | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

PARCC is seeking feedback from the public on a draft policy for making College- and Career-Ready (CCR) determinations in English language arts/literacy and mathematics.

 

PARCC has been actively engaging leaders and educators from technical colleges, secondary and postsecondary CTE, and the business community around this new draft CCR Determination. This draft policy was updated on September 25th to incorporate feedback from the field on incorporating career readiness into the policy.

 

PARCC is seeking feedback from members of the public on the CCR policy language through October 3, 2012. The draft policy can be reviewed using a link on this webpage. Additionally, feedback can also be provided using a link to an online survey. 

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How the Common Core changes everything

How the Common Core changes everything | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Chester Finn of the Fordham Institute offers a list of topics to ensure the CCSS are successfully implemented, those that are at the tip of the iceberg and those that lay beneath the surface, invisible but nonetheless essential to a successful and comprehensive implementation.

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Four Myths About the ELA Common-Core Standards

Four Myths About the ELA Common-Core Standards | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

What are the four critical aspects of implementing the ELA standards that have been most obscured by polarizing debates?

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Resources for Finding Informational and Nonfiction Texts

Resources for Finding Informational and Nonfiction Texts | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Teachers having difficulty finding informational text may find this list of resources helpful. Opinion pieces, text sets, magazines,  newspapers and other nonfiction books (including a lists of award winners) are included.
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Efforts Ramp Up to Keep Parents Informed about CCSS

Efforts Ramp Up to Keep Parents Informed about CCSS | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

The Common Core State Standards represent one of the most ambitious attempts to overhaul education policy in our country's history. 

 

As implementation begins in classrooms, organizations are also answering parents' questions about the common core while proactively addressing other misconceptions regarding the quality of the standards and their impact on their student's ability to enter college.

 

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“The Writing Revolution”: An old idea done better

“The Writing Revolution”: An old idea done better | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

A school wide approach on “an intense focus, across nearly every academic subject, on teaching the skills that underlie good analytical writing.”

 

Direct and Explicit Instruction

“The thing is, kids need a formula, at least at first, because what we are asking them to do is very difficult. So God, let’s stop acting like they should just know how to do it. Give them a formula! Later, when they understand the rules of good writing, they can figure out how to break them.”

 

Standards define expectations. Teachers help students meet expectations.

"Traditional instruction delivered by the teachers already in classrooms may turn out to be the most powerful lever we have for improving school performance after all."

 

The best place to teach literacy skills is in content areas. - Dan Willingham

The emphasis on writing at New Dorp helped in knowledge and vocabulary acquisition by forcing "distributed practice" of subject matter and vocabulary, causing them to be learned more effectively by having to be written out.

 

Writing improves reading and vice versa. - Steve Graham

The promise of the method lies in its efficiency: killing two birds with one stone, both writing and general knowledge. The efficiency is significant only if it's an effective pedagogical device in support of cumulative knowledge building.

 

The key is that students can apply what they have learned.

As schools embark on the implementation of the Common Core standards, let us hope that educators keep in mind that they are just standards and that the heavy lifting, as Hirsch suggests, will be that of “defining specifically the knowledge to be learned.”


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School Librarians as Part of the "Core" Team

School Librarians as Part of the "Core" Team | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Like most school librarians, Ms. Hearne has been trained both as a teacher and a librarian, a combination she thinks is perfectly suited to helping students and teachers as the Common Core State Standards presses them into inquiry-based modes of learning and teaching. She helps them find a range of reading materials in printed or online form and collaborates to develop challenging cross-disciplinary projects.

 

And like colleagues around the country, Ms. Hearne also plays important instructional roles often unrecognized by the public: as co-instructor alongside classroom teachers, and as professional-development provider for those teachers.

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Where are the Common Core Science Standards | The Biology Corner

Where are the Common Core Science Standards | The Biology Corner | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

The AP Biology curriculum has been revised and my new syllabus has been approved. What does that mean in the context of the common core science standards that have not been released?

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Scaffolding Text Complexity for At-Risk Readers

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A DISTRICT PERSPECTIVE: SCAFFOLDING TEXT COMPLEXITY FOR AT-RISK READERS
by Tara Boyer

 

Perhaps the increased rigor of the common core will help us to eradicate the gap between those students who are reading at grade level and those who are not.

 

Even so, the process will not be immediate.

 

And while I support the common core, I also realize that not all students will be able to read independently at the lowest level of the text bands without scaffolding, let alone at the high end of the text bands.


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Ted Caron's comment, September 25, 2012 11:14 PM
The second "scaffolding" section presents a list of helpful interventions for at-risk readers. Having said this, it's unclear, at least at this point, the extent to which such interventions (e.g. providing a summary or vocabulary in advance of a reading) undermine the value of reading a complex text in the first place. Of all the interventions, small group or one-to-one instruction--complete with interactive or divided notes and a list of prepared and VERY text-specific questions--may be the most effective and appropriate intervention of all, provided that we have the resources and time to give.
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Teachers’ Guide to the PARCC Model Content Frameworks for Mathematics

Teachers’ Guide to the PARCC Model Content Frameworks for Mathematics | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

This brochure gives an explanation of what PARCC’s Model Content Frameworks (MCF) are and how to use them. These document provide quick explanations of each section of the grade level portion of the MCF.

 

Suggested uses of the documents include:

 

1. Teachers could use this as an introduction to the MCF for their grade level.
2. dministrators could use this as a tool to frame the MCF.
3. Curriculum Specialists, Math Coaches and Professional Development Coordinators could use this tool to lead a workshop on using the MCF.

 

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Engaging Students in the Discourse of History | Let's Talk Debates, Not Just Dates

Engaging Students in the Discourse of History | Let's Talk Debates, Not Just Dates | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Love this!

 

"What I have since learned is that while history may begin with facts, it does not end there. The excitement and rigor of learning history lies in the interpretation—how one makes sense of the facts. Learning history provides an opportunity for our students to have a voice in an ongoing dialogue about what happened in the past and why it matters. To engage in this scholarly dialogue, our students must learn what it means to think, read, and write like historians."

 

... and why it matters!  Great thinking here as the author shares the importance of critical thinking and writing historical arguments. 

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Planning Text-Dependent Questions: It's Not Your Basic Scavenger Hunt!

Planning Text-Dependent Questions: It's Not Your Basic Scavenger Hunt! | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Text-dependent questions direct students’ inquiry into the text, rather than outside of it, and can only be answered with evidence from the text. Text-dependent questions can be used to check students’ understanding, but a strong text-dependent question does not invite students merely to participate in a scavenger hunt.

 

That is to say, text-dependent questions are not low-level, nor do they prompt students to produce literal or recall answers. A strong text-dependent question should invite students to interpret theme, analyze syntax and text structure, support students’ understanding of vocabulary, and analyze the effects of specific word choice.

 

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Examples of nonfiction works that are part of Common Core reading standard

Examples of nonfiction works that are part of Common Core reading standard | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

The English Language Arts Common Core standards for sixth through 12th grades list these examples of nonfiction, called "informational text" or "literary nonfiction."

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Common Core Videos Provided by LTF and PARCC ELC

Laying the Foundation (LTF) and ELC (Educator Leader Cadre) offer 18 Common Core videos relating to PARCC, Model Content Frameworks, and the work of the ELC.

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Douglas Fisher: Close Reading and the CCSS, Part 2

Dr. Douglas Fisher discusses close reading and how it relates to the Common Core State Standards for English/Language Arts.

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Douglas Fisher: Close Reading and the CCSS, Part 1

Dr. Douglas Fisher discusses close reading and how it relates to the Common Core State Standards for English/Language Arts.

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Common Core Thrusts Librarians Into Leadership Role

Common Core Thrusts Librarians Into Leadership Role | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Great read with helpful resources about the vital role Libriarians/Media Specialists will play in the successful adoption of Common Core Standards.

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Education Nation: Common Core a blueprint for success

Education Nation: Common Core a blueprint for success | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Common Core Standards are cited as the way to better prepare students for college and careers.  Also noted as needs in conjunction with CCS:

 

"Nimble schools who can make data informed decisions on what's working in their buildings/districts."

 

"Teachers emphasizing perseverance and grit, changing how students process their struggles."

 

Fave  quote from the article: "I've fallen in love with a new word: ‘Yet,'" said Carol Dweck, a professor at Stanford University. "If a child says ‘I'm not good at math.' (You can reply) ‘Yet.'"

 

 

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CCSS Resources Created by State Education Depts.

CCSS Resources Created by State Education Depts. | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

States in blue have adopted the new Common Core Standards. States in green have not. Minnesota has only adopted the CCSS for ELA.

 

Click on a state to retrieve CCSS materials and monitor progress.

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SAT® Report: Only 43 Percent of 2012 College-Bound Seniors Are College Ready

SAT® Report: Only 43 Percent of 2012 College-Bound Seniors Are College Ready | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Readiness released today revealed that only 43 percent of SAT® takers in the class of 2012 graduated from high school with the level of academic preparedness associated with a high likelihood of college success. These findings are based on the percentage of students in the class of 2012 who met the SAT College & Career Readiness Benchmark, which research shows is associated with higher rates of enrollment in four-year colleges, higher first-year college GPAs and higher rates of retention beyond the first year.

 

"This report should serve as a call to action to expand access to rigor for more students," said College Board President Gaston Caperton. "Our nation's future depends on the strength of our education system. When less than half of kids who want to go to college are prepared to do so, that system is failing. We must make education a national priority and deliver rigor to more students."

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Survey Finds Common Core Reaches Into Science Classes

Survey Finds Common Core Reaches Into Science Classes | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

The new data, collected by the National Science Teachers Association, provide an early glimpse into how the common core is touching science teachers (grades 6-12) and their students. As some readers may be aware, the intersection is quite explicit with the ELA standards, which include a section at the end titled "Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects."

 

See what teachers' attitudes were regarding the benefits of integrating math and ELA standards in the science classroom. 

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