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11 tips for teaching close reading in the classroom
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Wonder what close reading is or why we should care? These 11 tips should help. 

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In Chicago, Public Schools and Teachers Work Towards a 'Common Core' | PBS NewsHour | Dec. 3, 2012

In Chicago, Public Schools and Teachers Work Towards a 'Common Core' | PBS NewsHour | Dec. 3, 2012 | Great Books | Scoop.it
Some states, including Illinois, have recently adopted new public school curriculum guidelines called the Common Core State Standards.
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Top 10 Questions to Ask Common Core Vendors

Top 10 Questions to Ask Common Core Vendors | Great Books | Scoop.it

Share with department chairs or administrators responsible for purchasing new textbooks or library materials.


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IRA recommends lively and critical discussions of high-quality text.

"Comprehension instruction should include oppotunities for students to read texts with an intensive focus on mearning, and with lively and critical discussions of ideas in the text."

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Common Core: 7 Recommendations for Effective Implementation -- THE Journal

Common Core: 7 Recommendations for Effective Implementation -- THE Journal | Great Books | Scoop.it

Conflicting reform efforts, poor communications, and "initiative fatigue" are among the factors presenting challenges to Common Core State Standards implementation.

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Education Poll Finds Few Voters Know of Common Core Standards ...

Education Poll Finds Few Voters Know of Common Core Standards ... | Great Books | Scoop.it
Pennsylvania public schools are less than nine months away from a mandate to implement common core standards but a poll of 600 Pennsylvania voters shows only 20 percent of people know what they are. The common ...
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Guidelines for Implementing the ELA Common Core Standards - International Reading Association

Guidelines for Implementing the ELA Common Core Standards - International Reading Association | Great Books | Scoop.it

IRA guidlines for implementing critical issues in literacy education...

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Guided Lessons and Independent Tasks: Grade 10 Task Set

Guided Lessons and Independent Tasks: Grade 10 Task Set | Great Books | Scoop.it

This short, five-minute video begins with the end in mind by discussing the PARCC assessments.

 

It then describes the next two sections,

Guided Lessons Independent Tasks

 

...and how each supports students' preparation and engagement in the assessments.

 

Toward this end, the Independent Tasks support the same learning goals as the PARCC assessments, and the Guided Lessons assist students toward successful independent work on the Independent Tasks. In this structure, then, teachers will use Guided Lessons to prepare students for the Independent Tasks and the PARCC assessments.


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Planning Text-Dependent Questions #edchat #engchat #sschat #scichat #ccss #ccchat

Planning Text-Dependent Questions #edchat #engchat #sschat #scichat #ccss #ccchat | Great Books | Scoop.it
The Common Core emphasizes close reading and text-dependent questions. So what are text-dependent questions, and how can teachers develop them?

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5 Top Resources for Aligning Your Social Studies Curricula to the Common Core

5 Top Resources for Aligning Your Social Studies Curricula to the Common Core | Great Books | Scoop.it
5 Top Resources for Aligning Your Social Studies Curricula to the Common Core   Social studies supervisors and teachers across the country are revising their unit plans to meet their state’s…...
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Guide to Creating Text Dependent Questions — Albuquerque Public Schools

Guide to Creating Text Dependent Questions — Albuquerque Public Schools | Great Books | Scoop.it

Guide to Creating Text Dependent Questions for Close Analytic Reading...

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The WHY of the Common Core State Standards | video

Council of Great City Schools
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This three-minute video explains how the Common Core State Standards will help students achieve at high levels and help them learn what they need to know to graduate college- and career-ready.


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Meeting the Common Core – Argumentative Writing in Grade 7

Reading and writing are two sides of a coin. Read, read, read. Write, write, write. 


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Honest article on challenges, myths, and state of implementation

Honest article on challenges, myths, and state of implementation | Great Books | Scoop.it

Kansas City StarNew standards call for more 'informational' texts, to the chagrin of ...Kansas City StarShe understands the rationale behind the creation of the Common Core State Standards, adopted by 45 states, including Missouri and Kansas.


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"Best part of #CommonCore is the emphasis on writing (argument)."

"Best part of #CommonCore is the emphasis on writing (argument)." | Great Books | Scoop.it

Writing and Teaching: Common Core and Argument

 

Basic principles of argumentation:

1. State your position.

2. Provide reasons or evidence for your position.

3. Provide counterarguments or refutations of opposing arguments.


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Library Of Congress Unveils Massive Common Core Resource ...

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) is here and teachers are trying to figure out how to best integrate it into their tried-and-true lessons. They're struggling to integrate technology to best augment CCSS.
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A Lesson from KY on the Importance of CCSS Community Engagement | Hunt Institute

A Lesson from KY on the Importance of CCSS Community Engagement | Hunt Institute | Great Books | Scoop.it

By Cherry Boyles, Instructional Supervisor, Washington County Schools

 

Throughout the country, there is much debate regarding implementation of the Common Core. Supporters believe this new set of standards will require educators to teach to a higher cognitive level enabling students to become better prepared for the global challenges they will face. Those opposed to the Common Core share concerns that not all students will be encouraged to reach their full potential because the Standards will become the “ceiling” of instruction.


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Cutting to the Common Core: Disrupting Discourse - Language Magazine

Cutting to the Common Core: Disrupting Discourse - Language Magazine | Great Books | Scoop.it

Language MagazineCutting to the Common Core: Disrupting DiscourseLanguage MagazineThese new national standards signal a pronounced shift in how academic language and literacy instruction must be approached.


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Is There Evidence to Support the Common Core: My ... - Yong Zhao

Is There Evidence to Support the Common Core: My ... - Yong Zhao | Great Books | Scoop.it
Past experiences in the U.S. and evidence from other countries have shown that common standards and or curriculum do not bring equal educational opportunities nor do they lead to better education. Standards-based reform ...
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Idaho - English Language Arts Tool Box

Idaho - English Language Arts Tool Box | Great Books | Scoop.it

Idaho developed Common Core toolboxes for English langauge arts and mathematics.

 

Each toolbox provides an overview of the standards, instructional materials and resources, and information on the new assessments.

 

Embedded are links to videos and reports to assist educators and the public in better understanding the standards.


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What is Close Reading?

What is Close Reading? | Great Books | Scoop.it

Common Core State Standards TOOLBOX

 

Doug Fisher defines close reading.

 

"Close reading is an instructional approach that requires readers to re-read a text several times and really develop a deep understanding of the content contained in the text. The purpose is to build the habits of readers as they engage with the complex texts and to build their stamina and skills for being able to do so independently. However, close reading doesn’t mean that you simply distribute a complex reading and then exhort them to read it again and again until they understand it. As part of a close reading, students "read with a pencil" and learn to annotate as they go. In addition, they are asked text-dependent questions that require that they produce evidence from the text as part of their responses."

 

 


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50 Important Links for Common Core Educators - Online Colleges

50 Important Links for Common Core Educators - Online Colleges | Great Books | Scoop.it

Many teachers still have a lot of questions about what Common Core will mean for them; these resources are a good place to look for answers.

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Teachers Are at the Core of Common Core | Hanover Research

Teachers Are at the Core of Common Core | Hanover Research | Great Books | Scoop.it
The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are a voluntary initiative to establish national learning standards for English language arts and mathematics.

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