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Never Mind Algebra. Is Literature Necessary?

Never Mind Algebra. Is Literature Necessary? | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

This is an interesting counterpoint on CCSS' emphasis on nonfiction. However, it appears proponents of fiction and narratives are not taking into account the balance CCSS attempts to bring to curriculum planning.

 

In our view, the standards don't seek to replace literature with informational reading but encourage the selection of more nonfiction than has been included in the past.

 

Two points to "argue" with the article:  (1) Discusses "persuasion" as the darling of CCSS. This word is nowhere to be found in the standards. (2) Discusses a popular graphic novel project being jettisoned for an 8-page research paper. This type of research paper is not in the spirit of CCSS's emphasis on short research projects.

 

Many thanks to Ted for this find!

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Assessment and the Common Core Standards

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ELA CCSS Assessments and the AP English Language Exam - Alike or Not? What types of formative assessments can be used to check for understanding in the areas of major shifts in the ELA CCSS?

 

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Ted Caron's comment, August 29, 2012 9:47 AM
This is a good one.
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Word knowledge, the Framework, and the Common Core

Word knowledge, the Framework, and the Common Core | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

This article nicely compliments Dr. Dea's research-based strategies on Tier 2 vocabulary instruction. It's not about "assign, define, test" but instead about helping students build capacity to work with and use Tier 2 vocabulary.  

 

"In selecting the general academic words that we’ll take the time to teach, we’d be wise to work with our colleagues across the curriculum and identify the Tier 2 words to emphasize at each grade level in each subject."

 

"It is widely accepted among researchers that the difference in students’ academic vocabulary levels is a key factor in disparities in academic achievement and that students struggle in school or drop out of college not because they can’t read (decode letters) but rather, because they struggle to unlock the meaning of these more general, academic words. The AWL (Academic Word List) consists of 570 of the most common terms used across disciplines organized by frequency of use."  Academic Word List (broken down into sublists) http://www.esldesk.com/spelling/academic

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Climbing the CCSS Staircase: Tier 2 Vocabulary

Climbing the CCSS Staircase: Tier 2 Vocabulary | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Often overlooked are Tier 2 vocabulary words in which teachers are asked to help students use context clues to derive meaning and/or clues when students come across unknown words.

 

Many teachers may THINK they teach students how to use context clues in defining or clarifying word meaning in context. But the fact is, teachers may merely mouth the words: “use the context clues to help you understand what the word means.”

 

Explicit direct instruction in teaching strategies for identifying and using context clues is vital, particularly because students may never have had anyone model the practice for them.

 

In this post, Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry provides  a research based strategy she uses in her workshops to support Standard 4 in both the language and reading anchors. Her method encourages students to "dig in" to the text to identify the context clues and provide an explanation. This gets them thinking about their thinking!

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Deb Gardner's comment, August 28, 2012 8:44 AM
Totally agree! There's value in the discussion, but where's Lemov's "Right is Right?"
Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's comment, January 7, 2013 5:55 PM
I am just seeing this comment now. In my ignorance, I did not realize that by approving the pingback, I would be left without notification of further discussion about my blog. Regardless, I agree with both of you. Right is right. My students taught me that lesson in 1989 when they said to me, "Stop being so nice and tell us if we're right. Don't be afraid that you'll hurt our feelings. We want to know the RIGHT answer." Nowhere in the CCSS is the wrong answer epitomized; however, the reality in the classroom is that a right answer moves the class at a faster pace and therefore, hearing a correct answer too many teachers too often move on without asking for justification. That is where the CCSS and now the PARCC prototypes draw the distinction between providing a correct answer and justifying the answer. To be clear, I never say that the CCSS value wrong answer in favor of the justification.
Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's comment, January 7, 2013 6:01 PM
And to continue: in working with teachers on context and vocabulary meaning, too many are tied to dictionary or denotative meanings. I heard the most interesting use of the word calculus several years ago: "...the calculus of war." Yet, when I share this example with teachers, some are totally off the page in opposition to this use. If a student were to defend their understanding of word choice in light of teacher's myopia, I say all the more power.
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Nine Ways the Common Core Will Change Classroom Practice

Nine Ways the Common Core Will Change Classroom Practice | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

By Robert Rothman

Harvard Education Letter

August 2, 2012

 

Math

1) Focus

2) Coherence

3) Skills, Understanding, and Application

4) Emphasis on Practices

 

ELA

5) More Nonfiction

6) Focus on Evidence

7) Staircase of Text Complexity

8) Speaking and Listening

9) Literacy in the Content Areas


Via Mel Riddile
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Matt Weld's curator insight, January 9, 2013 8:49 PM

Clear, concise, brief summary of the effects of Common Core

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PARCC Releases Prototype Test Items for Next-Gen Assessments -- THE Journal

PARCC Releases Prototype Test Items for Next-Gen Assessments -- THE Journal | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

One of the two consortia working on online versions of high-stakes tests has released its first set of exam item prototypes; and if these samples reflect the direction of the full array of next-generation assessments in language arts and math, students can mostly kiss the standard multiple-choice bubble question goodbye.

 

Production versions of the new exams are scheduled to be administered for the first time in 2014-2015.

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Common Core State Standards confirm ATOS readability formula as a reliable, valid text complexity measure

Common Core State Standards confirm ATOS readability formula as a reliable, valid text complexity measure | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

In a supplement to Appendix A of the Common Core State Standards, Renaissance Learning's ATOS readability formula is listed as a valid, reliable measure of text complexity as required by the Common Core State Standards.

 

Renaissance Learning has also made a number of recent enhancements to its AR BookFinder book searching tool—one of the largest collections of quantitative and qualitative text complexity information available at www.arbookfind.com. Educators can now conduct searches for book titles listed in CCSS Appendix B: Text Exemplars.

 

In addition, the company's What Kids Are Reading 2012 report's nonfiction lists were added as search criteria so that parents and educators can guide students to appropriate nonfiction books of interest, helping satisfy the CCSS reading requirements. AR BookFinder includes nearly 70,000 nonfiction titles across all content areas.

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Whit's End: iPad Activities for the Common Core in High School Social Studies

With so many schools implementing 1:1 programs in their schools, you may find this list of how to utilize iPads in a Social Studies class helpful. Most apps are free and all are divided into categories according to difficulty and aligned with CCSS Reading. 

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Achieve the Core Offers Supplement to CCSS Appendix A: New Research on Text Complexity

Text complexity is central to the Common Core State Standards for ELA/Literacy and this document provides new research on the topic to support educators in implementing the standards.

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Common Core & More: Back to School with The Teaching Channel

Common Core & More: Back to School with The Teaching Channel | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

More than a resource for teaching with CCSS, The Teaching Channel offers video vingnettes on classroom management, assessment and other teaching strategies.  Great resource - for Common Core and more.

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Common Core State Standards: Politics or Academics?

Common Core State Standards: Politics or Academics? | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

"This is not really a political issue. There’s no Republican position point opposed to implementing high quality academic standards. There’s no Democratic one requiring states to force children to take the same tests."

 

Oh I REALLY hope we're not going down the politics road! Can we just implement and measure what's best for our students and realize there will be no quick fixes?

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Common Core Opens The Second Front In The Reading Wars

Common Core Opens The Second Front In The Reading Wars | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Guest blogger, Kathleen Porter-Magee, points out that the Common Core standards will flame the long-running reading wars, and argues that it's a fight we need to have.

 

She writes, "If you are to take the Common Core at its word—that the sophistication of the text is equally as important as the skills students master—then it will be increasingly difficult for publishers of curricula that focus on matching books to readers, rather than scaffolding instruction to meet their needs, to claim alignment to the new standards. It’s a sweeping change that holds enormous promise in improving the quality of ELA curriculum in America’s classrooms."

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Seven Tips for Aligning Assignments to Common Core

Seven Tips for Aligning Assignments to Common Core | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Consider these important features of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English language arts, in both the anchors and their grade-level versions, when crafting assignments. 

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Ted Caron's comment, August 15, 2012 10:28 AM
Number 4: "The bulk of writing assignments should be multiparagraph compositions, such as reports and essays, rather than personal essays, memoirs, or narratives. (W1,2,7, 9.). Authors should be careful about overlooking narratives as they still account for 1/3 of CCSS writing expectations.
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How college and career ready are the 2012 ACT-tested high school graduates?

How college and career ready are the 2012 ACT-tested high school graduates? | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Using the ACT College Readiness Benchmarks and ACT® test scores, The Condition of College & Career Readiness 2012 provides a series of graphical pictures highlighting the college and career readiness of the ACT-tested high school class of 2012.

 

What's the connection between Common Core State Standards and  performance on the ACT test?

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Standard Facts | Hunt Institute

Standard Facts | Hunt Institute | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Yesterday I returned from 10 days in Alaska where it is typically socked in due to rain, clouds and fog making it difficult to make accurate decisions when using topo maps to navigate without hiking trails in high elevations. Hearsay, misinformation and clouded vision can make for poor planning and decision-making, especially if hiking in Denali near Toklat over the weekend.

 

Thanks Hunt Institute for illuminating the starting point and path ahead for all who are working with the CCSS. Although it's not yet crystal clear for most of us, it looks like we have a decent destination and a compass to guide us. 

 

(BTW the state of Alaska has chosen NOT to adopt CCSS... hummmm)

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Shanahan on Literacy: Thank Goodness the Writing Scores are Going to Drop

Shanahan on Literacy: Thank Goodness the Writing Scores are Going to Drop | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Find out why the "bad news" might actually be the "good news" for our students.  

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Sample Common-Assessment Items Released, Traffic Crashes Server

Sample Common-Assessment Items Released, Traffic Crashes Server | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Looks like curiosity killed the cat... or crashed the server. :) Tell me there aren't some eager beavers out there who can't wait to see what the PARCC assessment items are going to look like.  

 

The newest round of sample test items from PARCC are aimed at helping teachers transition to the Common Core State Standards and prepare for the PARCC assessments by showing how key shifts in the math and English/language arts standards are "integrated into the design" of the new computer-based tests, stated the consortium.

 

ELA items focus on "texts worth reading" and "questions worth answering." The items are linked to the measured standard and how it connects to PARCC's Model Content Frameworks.  Check all @ http://www.parcconline.org/samples/item-task-prototypes

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Compass Learning Weighs In on New PARCC Prototype Assessment

Compass Learning Weighs In on New PARCC Prototype Assessment | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

PARCC will continue to emphasize and assess key shifts of the CCSS and do so using different methods which are more likely to simmulate "real world" critical thinking, problem solving and writing expression.  Here Compass Learning summarizes PARCC's recent assessment prototype.

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Common Core State Standards: Not Just Promises to Our Children

Common Core State Standards: Not Just Promises to Our Children | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

As school and district staff begin the implementation process, these articles offered by ASCD may be helpful in continuing the conversation amongst all stakeholders in the learning community. We are really just getting started folks!

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ASCD Launches Free Common Core Resource Site -- THE Journal

ASCD Launches Free Common Core Resource Site -- THE Journal | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

ASCD has launched EduCore, a new, free digital tool to help educators transition to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in mathematics and literacy. Funded by a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, EduCore is a repository of resources for teachers that includes strategies, videos, and supporting documents for implementing CCSS in math and literacy.

 

EduCore's Literacy Tools channel currently provides templates, developed by the Literacy Design Collaborative, for teaching argumentation, informational, and narrative writing at the middle and high school level. Teachers can customize the templates according to the reading and writing assignments they give their students, as well as the content they want their students to address.

 

Look for additions and enhancements to EduCore in the near future.

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Why the Hype? It's Only an Appendix!

Why the Hype? It's Only an Appendix! | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

The supplement to Appendix A expands on the original Appendix's approach to text complexity, based on a new study done to inform this process.

 

The supplement expands the number of quantitative tools that it sees as having value in judging those aspects of a text. The original Appendix A discussed only Flesh-Kincaid, MetaMetrics' Lexile Framework for Reading, Renaissance Learning's ATOS, and the University of Memphis' Coh-Metrix. The supplement adds discussion of Questar Assessment's Degrees of Reading Power, Pearson's Reading Maturity, and ETS' SourceRater.

 

Be sure to take a look at the Achieve the Core website at http://www.achievethecore.org/steal-these-tools/text-complexity for additional help with reader and task and qualitative measures.

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The Moral Importance of Common Core Standards

The Moral Importance of Common Core Standards | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

In this lengthy article, both sides of the line of scrimmage are tackled in the argument over the need, legality, and practicality of moving fowward in adopting national standards.

 

In the end, is it a moral dilemma? 

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PARCC Assessment Priorities

PARCC Assessment Priorities | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

In a nutshell, what do the PARCC assessments aim to do?

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Darren Burris's comment, August 17, 2012 9:29 AM
I am also trying to unpack some of this content at www.parccinma.wordpress.com if your interested!
Deb Gardner's comment, August 27, 2012 9:29 PM
Thanks, Darren! I'll take a look see. :)
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Learning on the Menu OR How to Prepare a Ham?

Learning on the Menu OR How to Prepare a Ham? | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Instruction is driven by a wide array of practices and activities–many of which are important and sound, and some we do “just because."

 

In their blog, Burkins and Yaris share reflective questions about teaching and implementing the Common Core Standards that help teachers become more intentional in their teaching practices. 

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Consortia Provide Preview of Common Assessments

Consortia Provide Preview of Common Assessments | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

“What we are starting to see here are tests that really get at a deeper understanding on the part of students, not just superficial knowledge,” said Robert L. Linn, an assessment expert and professor emeritus of education at the University of Colorado at Boulder who reviewed a sampling of the consortia’s materials. “But unless students are really prepared for them, it’s going to be a huge challenge.”

 

A constructed-response item for 11th graders asks them to read excerpts from an 1872 speech by women’s rights activist Susan B. Anthony and the “Second Treatise of Civil Government” by English philosopher John Locke, published in 1690. They must identify the ideas common to both pieces and discuss how Locke’s ideas support Anthony’s arguments, citing evidence from each to support their interpretations.

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