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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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Cool Cat Teacher Blog: Common Core Standards: Lessons, Ideas, and Discussions #ccchat

Cool Cat Teacher Blog: Common Core Standards: Lessons, Ideas, and Discussions #ccchat | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

A collection of pretty "cool" Common Core Tools from the Cool Cat Teacher Blog.  

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Common Sense and the Common Core

Common Sense and the Common Core | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Wendy shares the following about beginning to use the Common Core State Standards, "I do think there are things for school librarians to get excited about with the adoption of the Common Core. But it's not the new resources. It's opportunities for collaboration on the suggested range of research projects, small and large, a mandate to evaluate resources, use appropriate citation styles, integrate a range of types of text, and present work through multimedia and authentically produced products."

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Summarize to Get the Gist

Summarize to Get the Gist | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

ASCD contributor, John Collins, argues that frequently written summaries of complex texts are a great way to develop students' reading comprehension and argument-writing skills, while minimizing the time the teacher spends correcting. In this post he describes the 10% summary strategy.

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Jim Burke's English Companion

Jim Burke's English Companion | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

As an alternative to paper texts, Jim Burke created The Digital Textbook which offers a variety of media in conjunction with text that provides context for weekly reading and writing instruction.

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Does the Common Core Allow for Creating Writing?

Does the Common Core Allow for Creating Writing? | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

If you’re an ELA teacher, all of this talk about THE three forms of writing in the Common Core State Standards (argumentative, informative/explanatory, and narrative) and about the importance of college/career readiness might be a bit unnerving. After all, where is the love for the creative writing that led many of us (including me) to love ELA in the first place?

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100 Things We Give a Sheet About (in no particular order) | Burkins & Yaris

100 Things We Give a Sheet About (in no particular order) | Burkins & Yaris | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

To top off our close read of David Coleman's speech excerpt and to celebrate our milestone 100th post, we offer you this list of 100 things we care deeply about as educators.  Help us celebrate our 100th post by tweeting something you give a sheet about. 

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Can a Test Capture 'College and Career Readiness' in Early Grades?

Can a Test Capture 'College and Career Readiness' in Early Grades? | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

"ACT Inc., maker of the well-known college admissions exam, announced earlier this month that it is working to create a new series of tests to measure how students—as young as 5—are acquiring the skills and knowledge they need to be ready for college and careers."

 

 

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Common Core for School Leaders: A Guide to Developing Systemic Curriculum Growth

Common Core for School Leaders: A Guide to Developing Systemic Curriculum Growth | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

How can Principals support teachers in their Common Core Integration efforts?

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Using Technology as a Means to a Common Core End

Using Technology as a Means to a Common Core End | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

A menu of tech tools is listed in the blog post. How would you use them with your students as a way to help them meet learning objectives?

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The false promise of “field testing” standards

The false promise of “field testing” standards | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

"Suggesting that we “field test” Common Core betrays a fundamental misunderstanding about what standards are and what they are not."

 

"Standards aren’t an instructional program or curriculum that helps teachers and students reach an academic goal. Standards ARE the goal. They are nothing more or less than a simple list of knowledge and skills that students should learn at particular grade levels. You can’t “field test” what a state should expect its students should learn."

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The CCSS and Science Writing: What Science Teachers Should Care About

Jordan and Spiegel make the point that science teachers need to understand the CCSS regarding writing in the science classroom. They are important to science teachers because they provide broad standards that define the skills and understanding that all students must demonstrate in science as well as other content areas.

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Student Achievement Partners Launch Five PD Modules (public domain)

Student Achievement Partners Launch Five PD Modules (public domain) | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

These flexible, ready-to-use modules intend to support educators in the understanding and effective implementation of the Common Core State Standards.


The modules are intended for use directly by individual educators, in professional learning communities, or for preparing to lead the professional development in a school or district setting. The time required for each module can be customized, suitable for a variety of applications, by expanding the amount of time spent on the activities and in discussion.


Each module contains a facilitator’s guide, PowerPoint presentations with thorough notes, hands-on activities, related readings and research, recommended topics for discussion, and web and video resources. Refer to the Facilitator’s Guide for specific instructions on how to use each part of the module.

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Shift Happens: Here Comes the Common Core!

Shift Happens: Here Comes the Common Core! | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Steve Weber writes, "as educators move into the 'Implementation' phase, it is important to remember the words of Michael Fullan (1993), "Systems don't change by themselves. Rather, the actions of individuals and small groups working on new conceptions intersect to produce breakthroughs."

 

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“But I Can’t Read” - A teacher's refreshing perspective

“But I Can’t Read” - A teacher's refreshing perspective | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Wow, what a refreshing perspective to begin my day! Instead of citing all of the obstacles to implementing common core, a teacher shares her thoughts and reactions to hearing the dreaded words, "but I can't read."

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Symbaloo Gallery of Common Core State Standards Resources

Symbaloo Gallery of Common Core State Standards Resources | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Symbaloo is another Web 2.0 platform that can be used to locate and share resources on the Common Core State Standards.

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Fewer, Clearer & Higher: Why Students Need the Common Core

This five minute video speaks to why students need the common core state standards and gives a 10,000 foot overview of them.

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PTA Published "Parents' Guide to Student Success"

PTA Published "Parents' Guide to Student Success" | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

This Parents' Guide publishes information by grade level on how to prepare and support students as their schools begin to roll out Common Core Standards. It includes:

 

Key items that children should be learning in English language arts and mathematics in each grade, once the standards are fully implemented.

 

Activities that parents can do at home to support their child's learning.

 

Methods for helping parents build stronger relationships with their child's teacher.

 

Tips for planning for college and career (high school only).

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Shanahan on Literacy: Common Core or Guided Reading

Shanahan on Literacy: Common Core or Guided Reading | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

A very helpful read in which Tim Shanahan contrasts the different approaches to reading with challenging texts: Common Core and Guided Reading (Fountas and Pinnell)

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The Fear of Failure: What's it mean in schools?

The Fear of Failure: What's it mean in schools? | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

As a follow up, to a recently written article, “Are You a Risk Taker?" ASCD contributor, Steven Weber continues the conversation in this piece about "The Fear of Failure."

 

BTW, although Winston Churchill doesn't have the monopoly on stellar quotes, he has a few notables regarding courage, risk, success and failure.

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Shanahan on Literacy: Planning for Close Reading

Shanahan on Literacy: Planning for Close Reading | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Tim Shanahan defines "close reading" and digs into the Common Core Reading Standards (both literature and informational text).  Further, he defines the rationale for re-reading and offers examples in his hyperlinked Google doc slides.

 

Highly recommend taking a look - it's worth the "close" read.

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Pesuadements, Arguemations? What is all this really?

Pesuadements, Arguemations? What is all this really? | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

In this post, Burkins and Yaris continue to closely read a paragraph from one of David Coleman's speeches in which he uses the word "sheet" to focus attention on arguments vs. persuasion.

 

With regard to writing based on evidence or emotion, what's been done in the past, what do students need to be able to do in future, and what do we call "verifiable evidence?" Lots to think about in this post that relates to the "spirit" of Common Core.

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US History Websites with the Common Core

US History Websites with the Common Core | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

The CCSS are intended to engage students in the history curriculum and teach them skills needed to be successful as 21st century leaners. The following is a collection of websites useful to supplement the curriculum and engage students.

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Is David Coleman "Two Sheets To the Wind" or Does He Really Give a Sheet | Burkins & Yaris

Is David Coleman "Two Sheets To the Wind" or Does He Really Give a Sheet | Burkins & Yaris | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

In this post, Burkins and Yaris closely read a paragraph disparaging narrative writing from the transcript of a speech given by David Coleman to a group of NY educators.

 

What exactly is Coleman saying about narrative versus argumentative writing and does he practice what he preaches?

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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

Speaks to measuring text complexity, whether or not to use pre-reading, using text dependent questions and their relationship to creating analytic readers, and finally the question of balanced literacy.  

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