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Non-Fiction Text Structures!

Non-Fiction Text Structures! | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Understanding non-fiction text structures is critical for “Reading to Learn” (i.e., reading for information). Students should be familiar with the five most common text structures and should be able to identify each structure using signal words and key features.

 

Understanding which text structure is used helps students monitor their understanding, while learning the specific content that is presented. These text structures need to be explicitly taught in the classroom.

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A Close Video Reading of the ELA Common Core

A Close Video Reading of the ELA Common Core | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

This video is nicely arranged with substantial content shared by some of the "big hitters" in the development of Common Core State Standards (David Coleman, Gene Wilhoit, Susan Pimentel, et al).

 

This would be a suitable video (at about 14 minutes) to ask teachers to view BEFORE coming to PD - think of it as "flipping the classroom" for teachers instead of students.

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101 Spectacular Nonfiction Stories | Byliner Spotlights

101 Spectacular Nonfiction Stories | Byliner Spotlights | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Great reads here that include high interest topics for students (address Common Core Reading and Writing) and opportunities for collaborative writing and short research projects. (Careful... some are rated "R" due to violence and adult themes - that's the 'real' world' I suppose).

 

Although both both qualitative and quantitative measures should be considered to gauge text complexity, the Lexile Analyzer can be used to copy text from the short story/article, save as plain text and upload to get a quantitative measure.

http://www.lexile.com/analyzer/

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Common Core R.CCR.8: Examining Claims in an Argument

Common Core R.CCR.8: Examining Claims in an Argument | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

R.CCR.8: Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, including the validity of the reasoning as well as the relevance and sufficiency of the evidence.

 

Really?  Grappling with arguments can actually be engaging and fun? It depends on the approach (and what the claims are).

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Does the Common Core Support the Writing Process? (Part 2) | Burkins & Yaris

Does the Common Core Support the Writing Process? (Part 2)  | Burkins & Yaris | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

In this post, writing standards 4-10 are reviewed through the lens of the writing process, and examine whether or not a writer's workshop approach is supported by the Common Core.

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School Librarians and the Common Core Standards: LiveBinder Resources

School Librarians and the Common Core Standards: LiveBinder Resources | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Nicely arranged and frequently updated, this collection of LiveBinder resources for school librarians is a Common Core State Standards keeper.

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Are You a Risk Taker?

Are You a Risk Taker? | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Courageous people on both sides of the teacher's desk get outside of their comfort zone and take risks each day in the classroom.  Implementing Common Core standards will require additional risk taking with regard to planning, assessment and teaching.  

 

Just beware of the "implementation dip." Teachers need time to develop, execute, review, revise and repeat!

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Awareness Is Key to Success of Common Core

Awareness Is Key to Success of Common Core | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
A new poll suggests the more stakeholders know about the state-led initiative, the more they like it however, there's still work to be done in communicating what Common Core Standards are, what they are intended to do and what changes in asssessments are likely to be observed.

"Teachers are the communicators parents listen to most," he says. "It's important for states and districts and even school leaders to make sure that teachers have the right resources."
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FLASHPOINT: July 5, 2012: Common Core standards good for Indiana students

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Does the Common Core Support the Writing Process? | Burkins & Yaris

Does the Common Core Support the Writing Process? | Burkins & Yaris | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

An exploration of the first three writing standards as they relate to the writing process in general, and to planning for writing in particular.

 

Does the CCSS Support the Writing Process? Is the classroom limited by the CCSS, or can we use it as a starting place?

 

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What I Believe Right Now | What do YOU believe?

What I Believe Right Now | What do YOU believe? | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Tom Vander Ark writes ten statements entitled "What I Believe Right Now" as a way to articulate his evolving view of how to impact student learning outcomes and extend academic equity.

 

My personal faves in no particular prioritized order are:

 

8. Performance matters

7. Most relationships are local, most learning opps, global

4. A good school is the best antidote for poverty. Poverty is a condition, not an excuse, and....

1. Common Core Standards are a good start!

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Poll: Most Teachers Aware of Common Core But Not the Public

Poll: Most Teachers Aware of Common Core But Not the Public | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Sixty percent of U.S. voters say they have seen, read, or heard "nothing at all" about the new standards for English/language arts and mathematics in the past six months, a figure unchanged since an early poll in August of 2011. Another 20 percent replied "not much" to the question.

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Text Structure... say what????

Text Structure... say what???? | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Reading anchor standard #5  states that students must be able to analyze and explain how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text relate to each other and the whole.

 

What visual scaffolds can we provide to help students "see" and explain text structures?

 

 

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Non-Fiction: How One Man Made a Difference

Non-Fiction: How One Man Made a Difference | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

How might teachers use this story with other texts, podcasts or videos to better understand history, science, technology, religion?  What focus questions will drive the inquiry? What performance tasks will demonstrate mastery? What will the student take-aways be?

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Common Core R.CCR.9 : Analyzing Multiple Texts for Similar Themes & Approaches

Common Core R.CCR.9 : Analyzing Multiple Texts for Similar Themes & Approaches | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

R.CCR.9: Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take.

 

The post includes resources for topically linked articles in multiple genre texts.

 

Writer's GIST? "As I contemplate each anchor standard, I keep coming away with the strong impressions that, first, these are doable and valuable, and, second, they aren’t difficult to start trying."

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The DEBATE about ARGUMENT | Burkins & Yaris

The DEBATE about ARGUMENT  | Burkins & Yaris | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

In this post we begin to pick apart the distinction the Common Core makes between persuasion and argument and question whether argument contributes to career readiness.

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Using Google Docs To Support Writing

Using Google Docs To Support Writing | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

An explanation and examples of how to use Google Docs with Common Core Writing Standards.

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Three Misconceptions About the Common Core State Standards > Eye On Education

Three Misconceptions About the Common Core State Standards > Eye On Education | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Pair this article with Tim Shanahan's comments when considering if/how to use pre-reading strategies when planning your instruction aligned with Common Core State Standards.  

 

http://goo.gl/SycPc

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Common Core should be a guide, not a mandate | Deseret News

Common Core should be a guide, not a mandate | Deseret News | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

A thoughtfully written opinion piece, wrought with misinformation.  As an exercise in developing an understanding of the Common Core Standards, read the article and jot down questions/concerns.

 

Don't miss the follow up comments comparing your questions/concerns with the article's comments.

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How Will Student Data Be Used?

How Will Student Data Be Used? | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Now that most states are moving forward with implementing  common core standards and common assessments, an infrastructure is being developed to store and share student learning data (nine states only so far).

 

As I see it, we're moving closer to IEPs for ALL students based on a data pool that can be retrieved, interpreted and put into action. 

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The crucial need to hold students to a higher standard

The crucial need to hold students to a higher standard | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
While more than 80 percent of our students say they want to attain at least a two-year degree, far too few are graduating with the skills they need to thrive after high school. Even some high school valedictorians are taking remedial courses in college. Too many students are completely unprepared for the future.
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ACT Developing Career Test For Kindergarteners

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WASHINGTON -- A new digital tool to test academic and behavioral skills will target students starting in kindergarten. ACT, the organization that developed the ACT college-entrance exam, will start testing the tool in the fall.
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Putting it Simply... What's In/What's Out in Teaching with Common Core

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Connecting to the Common Core: Primary Source Thinking Triangle Activity | Primary Source Nexus

Connecting to the Common Core: Primary Source Thinking Triangle Activity | Primary Source Nexus | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Consider using scaffolds such as a Thinking Triangle when students are asked to analyze a primary source image to determine explicit/implicit main ideas, supporting details, etc. when working with Common Core Reading anchor standard #2.

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Making Sense: Narrative & Informational Texts

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Last fall incoming freshmen at Purdue University were "on the hook" again for summer reading as the university required every freshman student to read "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Rebecca Skoot.  

 

Medical, social, economic, and faith-based issues brilliantly interesect in this best-selling book (1140L) demonstrating that narrative reading has a place in the CCSS classroom.

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