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How Do the Common Core Reading Standards Honor Practice?

How Do the Common Core Reading Standards Honor Practice? | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

This post looks at reading anchor standards 1-6 through the lens of practice and looks at the ways in which these standards imply the need to read frequently.  Read, re-read, think and read again! 

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Anchors Aweigh! for the ELA Anchor Standards in Writing

Anchors Aweigh! for the ELA Anchor Standards in Writing | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

ELA Anchor Standards in Writing linked to helpful, more specific explanations of each standard.  

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The Common Core Challenge for ELLs

The Common Core Challenge for ELLs | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

This article provides guidance and information regarding Common Core and English Language Learners. Kenji Hakuta of Stanford University is leading a national effort to develop CCSS aligned resources that provide specific support for educators working with ELLs.

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Common Core Suggested Reading List for ELA | Elementary Tests

Common Core Suggested Reading List for ELA | Elementary Tests | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

A guide for parents in selecting books that align with Common Core expectations regarding text complexity. 

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The Curriculum Reformation by Sol Stern, City Journal Summer 2012

The Curriculum Reformation by Sol Stern, City Journal Summer 2012 | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

"It's the curriculum, stupid!" says E.D. Hirsch, one of America's most neglected education reformers regarding the decline in our country's schools.  The return to "core knowledge"  is the key to true ed reform and getting our schools back track.

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Uncovering "Complex Text" in the Common Core

Uncovering "Complex Text" in the Common Core | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Summarizing content from Appendix A of the ELA Common Core State Standards, this article identifies the three aspects of text complexity. Also highlighted is the rationale for students reading and understanding difficult texts.

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How can the 4 C's be used to achieve Common Core State Standards?

How can the 4 C's be used to achieve Common Core State Standards? | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

I'm well aware of the importance of creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, and communication (the Four C's) to success in both the classroom and the workplace. So, I've been a strong supporter of imbedding the acquisition of those skills into formal education even before the inception of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21) and the creation of the impressive tools that have resulted from the P21 work.


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The Golden Age of Common Core: Teach Now, Test Later?

The Golden Age of Common Core: Teach Now, Test Later? | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

This might just be a golden opportunity, claims Justin Baeder. The standards are clear and define what students should know and be able to do.

 

They leave plenty of room for teachers to determine how to help their students meet the standards. Yet they don't specify narrow tasks and assignments, and this creates a rare window of freedom to just teach well and not worry about standardized testing.

 

With standardized tests from the consortia a good year away, wouldn't the classroom be a golden place to begin teaching with the Common Core?

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Common Questions about the Common Core/Answered Using Glogster

Common Questions about the Common Core/Answered Using Glogster | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Probably nothing you don't already know, but the information is presented in a new way using Glogster.

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Business leaders rally around Common Core

Business leaders rally around Common Core | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

A worthwhile read on the necessity to implement and achieve with Common Core State Standards from the perspective of commerce.

 

Not only do several business leaders voice concerns and support for CCSS, leaders from the NEA and AFT also weigh in on their vitality and timeliness.

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Public Review of Draft Policy and Descriptors | PARCC

Public Review of Draft Policy and Descriptors | PARCC | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

PARCC seeking feedback from the public on two draft policies related to its next generation assessment system. Links to the draft policies and an online survey for comments included.

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Bill Gates in Atlanta: Speaks to Teacher Evals, Common Core and Ed Tech

View the context of the speech Bill Gates gave this week at the  Education Commission of the States conference in Atlanta. 

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Defining “Deep Reading” and “Text-Dependent Questions”

Defining “Deep Reading” and “Text-Dependent Questions” | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Ms. Hank reflects on her teaching and writes, "What Coleman and the common core standards want us to do is stop frontloading so much information because what we research and dig up to tell our students in an attempt to build context for a reading is information they can dig up on their own while we guide and facilitate their reading."

 

Worth the read and digging into her resources!

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The Importance of Background Knowledge in Reading Complex Texts

The Importance of Background Knowledge in Reading Complex Texts | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Doug Fisher and Nancy Frey, authors of "Teaching Students to Read Like Detectives" assert that one of the greatest predictors of reading comprehension is background knowledge. Simply said, how much a reader already knows about a topic will significantly influence whether or not the reader understands the text.

 

 

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History Lessons Blend Content Knowledge, Literacy

History Lessons Blend Content Knowledge, Literacy | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

For years, educators have been trying to free history instruction from the mire of memorization and propel it instead with the kinds of inquiry that drive historians themselves. Now, the common-core standards may offer more impetus for districts and schools to adopt that brand of instruction.


A study of one such approach suggests that it can yield a triple academic benefit: It can deepen students’ content knowledge, help them think like historians, and also build their reading comprehension.


The Reading Like a Historian program, a set of 75 free secondary school lessons in U.S. history, is getting a new wave of attention as teachers adapt to the Common Core State Standards in English/language arts.

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United States' Founding Documents

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Great non-fiction resource that includes documents and principles of our country's founding fathers. Includes timelines, historical docs written by John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, James Wilson, George Washington, et al.

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A Common Core Implementation Manifesto

A Common Core Implementation Manifesto | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

As usual... changes abound for teachers. There are new students in our classrooms each year, new common core standards, new curriculum, new ways to assess teachers, not to mention many schools implementing 1:1 programs which introduces a whole new way of thinking about classroom management and instructional strategies. 

 

In this article Vicki Otten provides a thoughtful reflection on implementing Common Core and a few helpful hints as teachers begin to collabrate and teach with them

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Will Common Core usher in a return to content-driven instruction?

Will Common Core usher in a return to content-driven instruction? | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Will the few critical but passing phrases that link the Common Core ELA standards to a content-rich curriculum be enough to drive instructional changes our students so desperately need?

 

 

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The ELA Common Core: A grand opportunity for grand misconceptions

The ELA Common Core: A grand opportunity for grand misconceptions | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Grab your copy of the ELA Common Core standards and read along as Chris Lehman uses "textual evidence" to argue claims and address the most common myths about using the Common Core standards.

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11 Tech Tools to Help Teach the Common Core Standards

11 Tech Tools to Help Teach the Common Core Standards | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Tech tools to help teach, communicate and be more productive with Common Core State Standards.

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Close reading of the text as required in CCSS: Hardly new, so why the fuss?

Close reading of the text as required in CCSS: Hardly new, so why the fuss? | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Grant Wiggins claims that the "close read" isn't all that different than what many schools have been practicing.

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Paying It Forward: Six PreK-2 Writing Essentials for Meeting Common Core Expectations in 3-12 | Burkins & Yaris

Paying It Forward: Six PreK-2 Writing Essentials for Meeting Common Core Expectations in 3-12 | Burkins & Yaris | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Good teachers know that the foundation for good reading and writing begin long before third grade, where high stakes standardized tests begin. In this post, we discuss the pay it forward philosophy that applies to starting intentional teaching of reading and writing as early as preschool.

 

Strategies forthcoming next week.

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Common Core W.CCR.4 Explained | Teaching the Core

Common Core W.CCR.4 Explained | Teaching the Core | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

"W.CCR.4: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience."

 

In any given piece of writing, the decisions that writers must make are dictated by task, audience, and purpose. TAP–or task, audience, purpose–is a great acronym for helping students think about the strategic communication choices that writers make in all stages of the writing process.

 

 

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Tackling Text Complexity through Annotation

Tackling Text Complexity through Annotation | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

You know.... I like this, and for many different reasons! I see a way to build student investment in reading complex texts, I see metacognition, I see rationale, I see a variety of instructional strategies, I see technology, I see formative assessment, basically I see students grappling with the text and building confidence in their ability to understand it.

 

I'm not crazy about the article, but we can work with that.

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Ted Caron's comment, July 19, 2012 10:32 AM
Love the visual thesaurus. Do you think many teachers utilize this with their students? Could be great tool to empower students to take ownership over looking up unfamiliar and exploring academic vocabulary. Perhaps as you were alluding to, I'm not crazy about the LP. Bogged down by competing objectives.
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6 NonFiction Children's Book Awards--Finding NonFiction Texts for Common Core

6 NonFiction Children's Book Awards--Finding NonFiction Texts for Common Core | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

View this helpful resource to find children's book awards that will help you find great reads among nonfiction, informational books for young students.

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