A free resource that uses interactive video and games-based learning to teach students vocabulary. Educators can set school tournaments, and students can play fun learning games challenging classmates and other schools.
We're collaborating with two New Jersey teachers and their freshman classes to bring you three quick, engaging tasks each week that match the demands of the Common Core Standards with the content of that week's New ...
In the past I myself embraced what Fountas and Pinnel called “a balanced literacy approach.” Under this model classroom reading would be made up of the following components:
independent reading (at the student’s independent reading level)guided reading of a whole-group text (at median instructional reading level for class)teacher read aloud (slightly above median instructional level).
The common core call for increased text complexity seems to fit well with the “guided reading” portion of the block.
"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."
"An increased focus on nonfiction is among the changes accompanying the new Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts. Some say that middle-grade students who can read and understand complex nonfiction texts will be better able to meet these standards and will be better prepared to meet the demands of college and careers.
"In Part I of this MiddleWeb SmartBrief special report, we examine the role nonfiction is playing in the transition to the common core as well as some of the reasoning behind the changes. "
Common Core State Standards require us to see the forest and the trees.
Brace Map: Thinking Maps, a research-based instructional tool, can help us do just that. Thinking Maps are a series of eight graphic organizers designed to visually represent thought processes. One of these, the Brace Map, shows part-to-whole relationships and can be a powerful construct for seeing both the big picture and finer details.
Get a handle on Text Complexity with the help of Sarah Brown Wessling. See a presentation covering Text Complexity that includes the 3 part model for measuring text complexity. She also provides tips on applying Text Complexity to your classroom.