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Essential Questions Guide


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Mary Clark's curator insight, November 5, 2013 4:16 PM

This PDF provides examples of essential questions, defines the specific features of essential questions, and has excellent resources for further exploration!

Beth Panitz, Ed.D.'s curator insight, November 23, 2013 11:22 PM

Essential Questions are an important concept for teachers to learn as they guide students in close reading of text.

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U.S. History Lessons | Stanford History Education Group

U.S. History Lessons | Stanford History Education Group | Great Books | Scoop.it

The United States Reading Like a Historian curriculum includes 71 stand-alone lessons organized within 11 units. These lessons span colonial to Cold War America and cover a range of political, social, economic, and cultural topics. Each lesson includes a 1-2 day plan that outlines the lesson’s activities and sets of adapted and modified documents along with guiding questions and graphic organizers to support student analysis, use of evidence, and development of historical claims. When appropriate, lessons also include original copies of documents. We encourage teachers to further adapt these lessons and materials for their particular classrooms.

 


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Learning to read like a historian means asking questions of primary texts. 

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Mary Clark's curator insight, October 11, 2013 2:48 PM

Great curriculum for inquiry-based learning!

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Text to Text: A New Feature, and an Invitation to Share Ideas

Text to Text: A New Feature, and an Invitation to Share Ideas | Great Books | Scoop.it
Introducing a new feature, in which we pair a Times article, past or present, with an often-taught literary, historical, scientific or mathematical text. We invite teachers to send us ideas.

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A wonderful cross-text activity for readers. 

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Mary Clark's curator insight, October 7, 2013 11:40 AM

Focus on close reading of two texts, with graphic organizers included.

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National Geographic and the Common Core

National Geographic and the Common Core | Great Books | Scoop.it
Find out how the National Geographic Society is connecting to the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts.

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lbligen's curator insight, August 5, 2013 5:25 PM

Natioanl Geographic Common Core resources for ELA K-12. Great resource!

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The 'Monster' at the End of the Common Core

The 'Monster' at the End of the Common Core | Great Books | Scoop.it
Laura Thomas argues that progressive educators have become so accustomed to the burden of instructional mandates that they may be missing opportunities presented by the common standards.

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Mary Clark's curator insight, May 2, 2013 10:50 AM

"I think that, if we're as smart and committed as we say we are, we can use the common core as a stepping stone to better outcomes for all of our kids."  Sums up how I view the Common Core!

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Complex Texts and a Non-Freaked Out Approach to the Common Core | Teaching the Core

Complex Texts and a Non-Freaked Out Approach to the Common Core | Teaching the Core | Great Books | Scoop.it
How do we incorporate the Common Core's complex texts in a way that students will read, engage with, debate, and discuss? Join us as we explore non-freaked implementation.

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This is a remarkable self-analysis of teaching with novels in grade 9. I've very impressed with the attention to students, text, and accountability. The motivational speeches are good too. 

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Mary Clark's curator insight, April 28, 2013 10:59 PM

Read this, follow all the links, come back and read it again.  

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Students learn about reading and literacy through movement and rhythm - Gainesville Times

Students learn about reading and literacy through movement and rhythm - Gainesville Times | Great Books | Scoop.it
Students learn about reading and literacy through movement and rhythm
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The arts-integrated lessons focus on teaching children how to retell and “move through a story,” from the beginning to the middle and then the end.

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I.N.K.: A Painless Way to Accomplish Common Core State Standards: Using Nonfiction Books and the Library of Congress

I.N.K.: A Painless Way to Accomplish Common Core State Standards: Using Nonfiction Books and the Library of Congress | Great Books | Scoop.it

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Mary Clark's curator insight, April 17, 2013 11:42 AM

Carla Killough McClafferty shares an easy way to use primary source documents and nonfiction from your library! I love lessons that show ways to meet the CCSS without telling you to buy anything new.

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At Zaytuna College, Western Traditions Alongside Koran

At Zaytuna College, Western Traditions Alongside Koran | Great Books | Scoop.it
At Zaytuna College in California, the Greeks, the scholastics and the whole Western tradition are being taught alongside the Koran.

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The Inside-Out School: A 21st Century Learning Model

The Inside-Out School: A 21st Century Learning Model | Great Books | Scoop.it
The Inside-Out School: A 21st Century Learning Model: wendell berry, digital literacy, citizenship, transfer

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Debbie Elicksen 's curator insight, April 2, 2013 11:32 AM

"No longer do schools teach. Rather, they act as curators of resources and learning tools, and promote the shift of the “burden” of leanring back to a more balanced perspective of stakeholders and participants."

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Video Storytelling Made Easy with the New Google Story Builder

Video Storytelling Made Easy with the New Google Story Builder | Great Books | Scoop.it
Collaboration has gone Google. Create a story and then share your video.

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A great way to learn text and story structure.
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Lino's curator insight, July 12, 2013 4:13 AM

Es una aplicación potente y muy fácil de usar que nos permite crear clips de vídeo reproduciendo una historia  con frases de texto que hayamos ideado entre dos o más personajes.

 

El video final se puede compartir directamente en Google+ o como un enlace para cualquier sitio que deseemos (por desgracia, no se muestra una vista previa o miniatura cuando se trata de compartir vídeo creado con StoryBuilder en Facebook).

 

Una gran herramienta.

 

De uso libre. (No tenemos que registrarte o iniciar sesión para acceder a ella).

 

Pruébalo: http://docsstorybuilder.appspot.com/

Richard Evans's curator insight, July 17, 2013 5:20 AM

Stories are a power communication strategy. 

N Kaspar's curator insight, August 11, 2013 6:08 AM

A tool to use for digital story telling.

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A Smart Preschool Debate at Fordham Institute, with One Thing Missing | NewAmerica.net

A Smart Preschool Debate at Fordham Institute, with One Thing Missing | NewAmerica.net | Great Books | Scoop.it
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There are many things to learn before age 6. Better programs teach parenting skills and provide a safe environment for children in which they can develop cognitive, executive, and social skills.  

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Group work advice for MOOC providers - by George Siemens

Group work advice for MOOC providers - by George Siemens | Great Books | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"The most valuable aspect of MOOCs is that the large number of learners enables the formation of sub-networks based on interested, geography, language, or some other attribute that draws individuals together. With 20 students in a class, limited options exist for forming sub-networks. When you have 5,000 students, new configurations are possible.

 

"The “new pedagogical models” (A Silicon Valley term meaning: we didn’t read the literature and still don’t realize that these findings are two, three, or more decades old) being discovered by MOOC providers supports what most academics and experienced teachers know about learning: it’s a social, active, and participatory process.

 

"The current MOOC providers have adopted a regressive pedagogy: small scale learning chunks reminiscent of the the heady days of cognitivism and military training. Ah, the 1960′s. What a great time to be a learner.

In order to move past this small chunk model of learning, MOOC providers will need to include problem based learning and group learning in their offerings. That won’t be easy. MOOCs have high dropout rates. Which means that if you’re assigned to a group of 10 learners, by the end of the course, you’ll be the only one left.

 

"The large MOOCs can improve the quality of learning by creating a model for rapid creation/dissolution of groups. If you have teenagers in your house (or if you are a gamer), you’re likely familiar with how groups form in many video games or virtual worlds. There are two extreme opposites: World of Warcraft involves highly cohesive social units where individuals spend long periods of time together in solving problems and engaging in quests. In contrast, Call of Duty has low social cohesion as groups are formed on the spot and once a player logs off, the group dissolve (yes, you can log in and play with friends in a more cohesive unit on CoD as well). The latter model is worth considering for MOOCs."


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Thinking of using a MOOC for your students or yourself? Think about the limitations that are usual but not necessarily forced in the typical MOOC and break into groups. Although many drop out of MOOCs, many do because they didn't find a suitable group or didn't think to look for one. 

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Jim Lerman's curator insight, March 11, 2013 9:49 AM

Quite an important article for those considering the design of MOOCs.

Ana Cristina Pratas's comment, March 11, 2013 11:58 AM
Absolutely Jim!
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(Common core) Expectations and little kids

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I like Carol Burris and appreciate what she is doing to rally educators against what she sees as the errors being made by New York State officials and the implementers of Common Core Standards in g...


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“Can we please do this again? This was fun!”

Difficult, thought-provoking activities can be fun, even for young children. Don't sell children short.

If you lead classroom discussion, you'll want to read this from Grant Wiggins.

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Cool Cat Teacher Blog: 15 Wrong Ways to Implement the Common Core

Cool Cat Teacher Blog: 15 Wrong Ways to Implement the Common Core | Great Books | Scoop.it

As I was talking to Johnna from Discovery Education about this post, I started hearing her talk about districts who are struggling with Common Core. We thought that it would be helpful to know what people are doing to cause their districts to fail in implementation. Of course, if we learn from failure, we can fail forward into success. Thanks Johnna for this guest post. 


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Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's curator insight, October 6, 2013 1:53 PM

Non-examples can be as powerful as good examples. Many schools are practicing one or more among this list of 15 Watch-out-for... The Common Core is no magic bullet and neither are single, discreet sets of materials and/or methods. 

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Growling Rabbit hosts lively discussion of Great Books education

Growling Rabbit hosts lively discussion of Great Books education | Great Books | Scoop.it
As the storm clouds cleared on Friday evening, a crowd gathered in the Growling Rabbit café in Chicago's Rogers Park neighborhood to discuss the history of Grea

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20 Outstanding Nonfiction Books School Library Journal

20 Outstanding Nonfiction Books School Library Journal | Great Books | Scoop.it
Hi guys! Check out some of the reviews coming in for the Common Core Guidebook! http://t.co/qZ8asAIae7 #ela #edchat

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Extreme Common Core rhetoric clouds serious debate

Extreme Common Core rhetoric clouds serious debate | Great Books | Scoop.it

There's a lot of extreme talk about Common Core being voiced, and it's a problem because it it is clouding serious-minded criticism about the standards initiative and its implementation.


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There are many good things about #CCSS and many things (e.g., deep, rather than shallow, learning) to argue about (e.g., tests haven't been vetted). Discussion has turned into a food fight, which will get us no closer to a goal of lowering our achievement gap. 

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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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Scholar Mulhern's comment, September 2, 2012 1:49 PM
Great website. Thank you. I have referenced you on my own, synthesizingeducation.net, where I will be posting biweekly exemplars on the Common Core.

James Mulhern
Darren Burris's comment, January 14, 2013 7:18 AM
Where are you in the process?
Roz Linder's comment, April 5, 2013 10:46 AM
Darren! Great find. I will be sharing this with my teachers. Thanks!
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Great Books, Great City

Great Books, Great City | Great Books | Scoop.it
The phrase “great books” has an odd resonance in Chicago. Why? Because it has a specific meaning — and a specific history in the Windy City.

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Nonfiction as Mentor Text

Nonfiction as Mentor Text | Great Books | Scoop.it

"Many people still hold to the belief that nonfiction writing is “just the facts,” often synonymous with formulaic, dull writing. Nothing could be further from the truth! For years, authors of all genres have honed their writing by reading literary nonfiction by the likes of David McCullough, Anna Quindlen, John McPhee, Susan Orlean, and so many others."


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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's comment, April 12, 2013 8:27 AM
Just did a booktalk for 8th grade with non-fiction titles that coincided with a fiction - they literally flew off the shelves. This is why libraries & librarians are SO important in Common Core.
Matt Weld's curator insight, April 14, 2013 8:30 PM

Great article that talks about how authors of nonfiction use the same skills in their craft that we are asking of students.  Links at the end to other good, related articles, too.

Gail Donahue's curator insight, April 17, 2013 11:11 AM

This could be excellent background reading for content area teachers when trying to implement writing across the curriculum.

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3 Digital Tools For Common Core Academic Vocabulary -

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3 Digital Tools For Common Core Academic Vocabulary by Susan Oxnevad first appeared on gettingsmart.com  The Common Core identifies six instructional shifts needed to effectively implement the standards…...

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Develop your students' word habits with these three apps. 

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Sayles Yourhistoryteacher's curator insight, July 30, 2:28 PM

Technology and vocabulary building... c'mon what are we waiting for...

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Becoming a Core Ninja- eBook (PDF)


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Mary Clark's comment, April 1, 2013 2:06 PM
Click on the title to access the 33 page eBook from Core Stand
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MOOCs and "The Great Books"

Shimer's president, Susan Henking, linked this morning to an interesting, if cranky article on the Great Books. The author makes the obvious, if oft-overlooked, point that the Great Books approach ...

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Were Penguin Classics and Great Books of the Western World the MOOCs of yesterday?
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Master Common Core Skills with Free DBQ iBook » Copy / Paste by Peter Pappas

Master Common Core Skills with Free DBQ iBook » Copy / Paste by Peter Pappas | Great Books | Scoop.it

Critical thinking questions based on Common Core skills help students "think and write like a historian." It's a great resource for use in the classroom, and serves as a model for teacher or student curation of historic content into interactive digital DBQ's.

 

This 18-page iPad DBQ guides students through the historian's process. "Stop and think" prompts encourage a deep reading of many notables of the Gilded Age - including Russell Conwell, Henry George, Andrew Carnegie and Stephen Crane. Visual source material includes posters, 1908 Sears Catalogue, a gallery of photographs by Lewis Hine and video of one of Edison's early Vitascope films.

 


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