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Educational Resources and Middle School Lessons with some great #commoncore planning templates #ccss #ccchat

Educational Resources and Middle School Lessons with some great #commoncore planning templates #ccss #ccchat | Middle  School  English and Reading | Scoop.it
Educate your students more effectively with the educational resources and lesson plans from The English Teacher's Friend. We offer lessons to middle and high school English teachers nationwide.

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Middle School Journal - The Common Core in the Middle Grades

Middle School Journal - The Common Core in the Middle Grades | Middle  School  English and Reading | Scoop.it
Articles in this issue focus on strategies for addressing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in the middle grades and issues associated with their implementation.

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Reading Wars II: Complex Text vs. "Leveled" Text

Reading Wars II: Complex Text vs. "Leveled" Text | Middle  School  English and Reading | Scoop.it

Reading Wars I: Whole Language vs. Phonics

Reading Wars II: Complex Text and Close Reading vs. "Leveled" Text


"leveled literacy programs and related assessments fail to measure up to what the CCSS demands."


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Mel Riddile's curator insight, February 10, 2013 8:02 AM

Key Points for Principals by Kathleen Porter-Magee:


1. Research does not support the use of leveled text!


"Unfortunately for students, the popularity of these programs is not driven by convincing research proving their effectiveness. In fact, as noted literacy expert Tim Shanahan discussed in a series ofmust-read posts on his blog nearly two years ago,

I have sought studies that would support the original contention that we could facilitate student learning by placing kids in the right levels of text. Of course, guided reading and leveled books are so widely used it would make sense that there would be lots of evidence as to their efficacy.Except that there is not."

He goes on to explain: “I keep looking and I keep finding studies that suggest that kids can learn from text written at very different levels.” In short, he argues, “we have put way too much confidence in an unproven theory. “


2. Quantitative Measures alone are not sufficient to determine the appropriateness of text for all students.


3. Leveled texts set the bar too low and are too easy = low expectations


4. Leveled texts minimize teacher input

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Cutting to the Chase: "Cut Scores"

Cutting to the Chase: "Cut Scores" | Middle  School  English and Reading | Scoop.it

By Chester E. Finn, Jr.

Education Next

 

The assessment questions that weigh most heavily on my mind these days, however, involve “cut scores.” For if the Common Core is truly intended to yield high school graduates who are college and career ready, its assessments must be calibrated to passing scores that colleges and employers will accept as the levels of skill and knowledge that their entrants truly need to possess.


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How English Teachers Are Reacting To Common Core Nonfiction Requirement

How English Teachers Are Reacting To Common Core Nonfiction Requirement | Middle  School  English and Reading | Scoop.it

"English teachers don’t have to abandon their favorite works in favor of nonfiction."


“We English teachers love our literature, and the greater emphasis on nonfiction texts was uncomfortable for some of us,” she says. But now, her students actually like it. She kept them in the loop during the transition, beginning by showing them their own reading-level scores."


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Brian Costin's curator insight, October 10, 2013 2:20 PM

Surprise,  its not so bad!

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Meaningful Assessment: Quality Outcomes not Inputs

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Common Core Big Idea 5: Consider Meaningful Assessment

By Jay McTighe

Editor's note: This is the fifth post in a five-part series which takes a look at five big ideas for implementation of the Common Core State Standards, authored by Jay McTighe and Grant Wiggins.


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Mel Riddile's curator insight, December 10, 2012 6:17 AM

"When we talk about “high standards” in athletics, music or business: we refer to the quality of outcomes, not the inputs."

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6 persuasive writing prompts

6 persuasive writing prompts | Middle  School  English and Reading | Scoop.it
Smart vs. Swag
I deserve a day off
Hospitals or phones?
IQ vs. EI
Persuade the aliens to let us keep earth.

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Textual Evidence

Textual Evidence | Middle  School  English and Reading | Scoop.it
The first standard under Reading for Literature and Reading for Informational Text is the same. This standard focuses on textual evidence.

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Writing: 3 Short Writing Ideas | Common Core Practice

Writing: 3 Short Writing Ideas | Common Core Practice | Middle  School  English and Reading | Scoop.it

Three writing prompts based on recent Times content, devised and tested by a ninth-grade class in New Jersey. 

 

Each Friday we collaborate with a classroom in New Jersey to test and publish three short writing ideas that address Common Core Standards and that are grounded in New York Times content.

This week, the teachers, Jonathan Olsen and Sarah Gross, and their ninth graders were just as taken with the following:

 

Narrative Writing - Dining: “As Not Seen On TV” Common Core Standards: RI2, RI4, RI5, RI6, RI10, W3, W4, W5, W10, RH4, RH5, RH8 Argumentative Writing - Editorial: “The Elite Eight, on the Federal Radar” Common Core Standards: RI2, RI6, RI8, RI10, W1, W4, W5, W9, W10, RH2 Argumentative Writing - Business: “Facebook’s False Faces” Common Core Standards: RI1, RI6, R18, RI10, W1, W4, W5, W10, RH2
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Donna Shattuck's curator insight, August 7, 2013 8:07 PM

Love these ideas! Teaching AP Language, I can see how I could easily incorporate and even expand upon these real world topics in the classroom.

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A Passionate, Unapologetic Plea for Creative Writing in Schools

A Passionate, Unapologetic Plea for Creative Writing in Schools | Middle  School  English and Reading | Scoop.it
Some fiction and memoir programs are a waste of classroom time. Others sharpen students' thinking and provide them with unmatched insight. Good teachers know the difference.
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Common Core Writing Lesson With AudioBoo: 9/11 Narrated Art

Common Core Writing Lesson With AudioBoo: 9/11 Narrated Art | Middle  School  English and Reading | Scoop.it

This is a great example of how teachers are integrating writing assignments across the curriculum, helping students practice practice their oral communication skills, and helping students safely publish their work in digital forms online.


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"The Common Core certainly takes aim at in-depth student technology use"

"The Common Core certainly takes aim at in-depth student technology use" | Middle  School  English and Reading | Scoop.it

How Common Core Standards Mesh With Education Technology

By Katie Lepi

Edudemic

 

If you're a teacher in the US, you've surely heard of the Common Core Standards, the national academic standards for K-12 schools.


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12 Mobile Apps That Grammar Geeks Just Love | TeacherTime123

12 Mobile Apps That Grammar Geeks Just Love | TeacherTime123 | Middle  School  English and Reading | Scoop.it
This app from Oxford comes with a hefty price, but it's incredibly useful for learning the usage of literary terms. ...
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The 16 Apps And Tools Worth Trying This Year

The 16 Apps And Tools Worth Trying This Year | Middle  School  English and Reading | Scoop.it

From Khan Academy to Haiku Deck, there's more than a dozen apps and tools you should give a whirl this year. The post The 16 Apps And Tools Worth Trying This Year appeared first on Edudemic.


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Teens Poor at Finding Information Online

Teens Poor at Finding Information Online | Middle  School  English and Reading | Scoop.it

Making the Common Core Practical

 

Study says adults find online information better than teens. PARCC, are you designing your Common Core tests using research-based usability standards?


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Haiku with our embedded videos/multimedia may help...

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The Literacy Shed - Resources for Literacy Teachers - Films, Animation and more

The Literacy Shed - Resources for Literacy Teachers - Films, Animation and more | Middle  School  English and Reading | Scoop.it
A website for teachers filled with ideas for literacy teaching using visual resources such as film, animation, photographs and picture books.

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Very cool resources, some myth links for example. Check it out.

 

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Michael Stapleton's curator insight, February 18, 2013 8:44 AM

A website for teachers filled with ideas for literacy teaching using visual resources such as film, animation, photographs and picture books.

Katharina Kulle's comment, February 19, 2013 1:22 AM
Wow!
Jodi Lynn's curator insight, February 19, 2013 9:13 AM

This is great for k-12 teachers!

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Three Ways to Frame Your Thinking About the Common Core State Standards

NCTE author Sarah Brown Wessling offers inspiring ways to think about the CCSS and reminds us that the CCSS are more than a checklist of tasks, but a map for...

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Les Howard's comment, January 23, 2013 6:36 AM
Nice overview of the CCSS with implications for successful implementation. Interesting concept of "gentle failure."
Meryl Jaffe, PhD's curator insight, January 24, 2013 6:23 AM

Sarah Brown Wessling eloquently and persuasively relates what the CCSS are asking of us. 

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Google Offers Guidance on How to Teach Internet Research | Education News

Google Offers Guidance on How to Teach Internet Research | Education News | Middle  School  English and Reading | Scoop.it
The ability to search the internet effectively is an important — if not the most important — research skill for today’s students.

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Journal Jar - Free Journal Topic App for iPhone / iPod touch / iPad / Android

Journal Jar - Free Journal Topic App for iPhone / iPod touch / iPad / Android | Middle  School  English and Reading | Scoop.it

Journal Jar - Free Journal Topics App for creative thinking. Educational Language Arts App. Access it ONLINE and/or on your mobile device (iphone / ipad / ipod touch / android). Get over 150+ journal topics ideas.


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Classroom Newspaper Google Docs Style!

Classroom Newspaper Google Docs Style! | Middle  School  English and Reading | Scoop.it

Great Ideas! Love the idea of uploading newspaper to Youblisher. Turns it into a flippable page newspaper.


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Pam Cadwalder's comment, September 16, 2013 8:55 AM
Glad you liked it:)
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Glad you liked it:)
Rachel Marker's curator insight, September 27, 2013 8:30 PM

Could replace monthly newsletter. Student written!

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Argumentative Writing and Developing Writers: Grade 7

Argumentative Writing and Developing Writers: Grade 7 | Middle  School  English and Reading | Scoop.it

DR. DEB GOLLNITZ

 

Meeting the Common Core

 

"There is clear differentiation between writing argument and writing persuasion, and the Common Core State Standards emphasize this difference.


Developing writers, particularly in middle level grades, have difficulty separating the purposes of these two modes."

 

 


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On Feedback: 13 practical examples | Grant Wiggins

On Feedback: 13 practical examples | Grant Wiggins | Middle  School  English and Reading | Scoop.it

Thirteen examples of how teachers have made feedback (as opposed to advice and evaluation) more central to their work with students:


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What are text-dependent questions, and how can teachers develop them?

What are text-dependent questions, and how can teachers develop them? | Middle  School  English and Reading | Scoop.it
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."


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What are text-dependent questions, and how can teachers develop them?

What are text-dependent questions, and how can teachers develop them? | Middle  School  English and Reading | Scoop.it
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."


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25 Terrific Online Games for English Language Learners ...

25 Terrific Online Games for English Language Learners ... | Middle  School  English and Reading | Scoop.it
Written by nani4u ... however each demographics will build up their skills, in spite of their age or proficiency, through game-based learning.
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