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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.
The Common Core emphasizes close reading and text-dependent questions. So what are text-dependent questions, and how can teachers develop them?
Text-dependent questions direct students’ inquiry into the text, rather than outside of it, and can only be answered with evidence from the text.
A strong text-dependent question should invite students to interpret theme, analyze syntax and text structure, support students’ understanding of vocabulary, and analyze the effects of specific word choice.
A high-quality summative assessment will involve writing and should allow students individually to demonstrate mastery of one or more of the standards.
Text-dependent questions will specifically target (Tier 2 Vocabulary) words that might otherwise be a barrier to their comprehension.
Identify what makes the text difficult (Quantitative, Qualitative, Reader and Task)
Rather than present them randomly, teachers can sequence text-dependent questions to help students gradually unfold their understanding and perform rigorous analysis, learning to stay focused inside of the text to construct meaning.
Any good instructional planning begins and ends with standards.
Note: When you are working with text-dependent questions to establish rigorous classroom discourse and providing students with routine writing tasks to support comprehension and analysis, you are activating most of the standards for Reading, Writing, and Speaking & Listening most of the time.
Assessment: Ensure "that the culminating activity fully aligns with the text-dependent questions and focus standards that you have identified."
The Literacy Design Collaborative module writers from New York, Colorado, Kentucky, California, Idaho, Michigan, and New Mexico met outside of Denver to share our module creations, discuss the needs of the local Writing ...
While the Common Core State Standards share many features and concepts with existing standards, the new standards also represent a substantial departure from current practice in a number of respects. Here are nine important differences:
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