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Leveled vs. Complex Text: "A balance is needed."

Leveled vs. Complex Text: "A balance is needed." | ELA Common Core Standards (CCSS) | Scoop.it

In my own teaching practice, I felt that if I coaxed a non-reader to pick up a magazine or graphic novel or just about anything, I was succeeding. I tried to get them to fall in love with reading and learning by allowing them time to read whatever they wanted. I still believe offering such choices is important, but I have now come to understand that a balance is needed.


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Nonfiction as Mentor Text: Style | On Common Core | School Library Journal

Nonfiction as Mentor Text: Style | On Common Core | School Library Journal | ELA Common Core Standards (CCSS) | Scoop.it
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Text Complexity: Balancing Readability and Reading Fluency

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On Common Core | School Library Journal

 

Knowing the research behind text complexity is critical to understanding the call for more complexity.

The CCSS crafters examined college freshman textbooks and career manuals.These texts typically measure at a Lexile score of 1450.This Lexile measure was used as a benchmark for college and career readiness (CCR).Grade level Lexiles were then scaffolded in reverse, defining grade level Lexile expectations as stated in the Common Core Appendix A.
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Linda Dougherty's curator insight, March 23, 2013 12:46 AM

Important reading for school librarians working to assist teachers in finding informational text that is differentiated in reading levels.

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Simplifying Text Complexity

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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.
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Educational Leadership:Common Core: Now What?:Closing in on Close Reading

Educational Leadership:Common Core: Now What?:Closing in on Close Reading | ELA Common Core Standards (CCSS) | Scoop.it
Founded in 1943, ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner.
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Implementing the Common Core State Standards: The Role of the Elementary School Leader Action Brief | Achieve

Implementing the Common Core State Standards: The Role of the Elementary School Leader Action Brief | Achieve | ELA Common Core Standards (CCSS) | Scoop.it
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Approaching implementation of CCSS with a light-switch change approach.

Approaching implementation of CCSS with a light-switch change approach. | ELA Common Core Standards (CCSS) | Scoop.it

Implementing Common Core is an adaptive change.

 

Light-switch changes are carefully orchestrated and designed, and occur with the flip of a switch.

 

Long-term, adaptive change requires learning and adaptation, typically over a long period of time, because the problem, solution, and means to implementation are unclear and frequently evolve and mutate with progress toward the goal.

 

 


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Parent Fact Sheet- Montana Common Core Standards

Parent Fact Sheet- Montana Common Core Standards

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7 Actions that Teachers Can Take Right Now: Text Complexity » TextProject

7 Actions that Teachers Can Take Right Now: Text Complexity » TextProject | ELA Common Core Standards (CCSS) | Scoop.it
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Students need more than a diploma, says speaker

Students need more than a diploma, says speaker | ELA Common Core Standards (CCSS) | Scoop.it
Dr. Mel Riddile, director of National Association of Secondary School Principals, told Laurel teachers last week, “It is time to push the re-set button.
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What Close Reading Actually Means | Grant Wiggins

What Close Reading Actually Means | Grant Wiggins | ELA Common Core Standards (CCSS) | Scoop.it
What Close Reading Actually Means

 

Thus, what “close reading” really means in practice is disciplined re-reading of inherently complex and worthy texts.


As Tim Shanahan puts it in his helpful blog entry, “Because challenging texts do not give up their meanings easily, it is essential that readers re-read such texts,” while noting that “not all texts are worth close reading.”


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Charles Fischer's curator insight, May 20, 2013 2:55 AM

Close reading can be done very successfully through Socratic Seminar. The key is to have complex texts, interpretive questions and then unrelenting follow-up questions to dig deeper.

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Close reading is and outcome, not a technique

Close reading is and outcome, not a technique | ELA Common Core Standards (CCSS) | Scoop.it

By Tim Shanahan

 

"The trick is to scaffold the readings and re-readings sufficiently to allow these students to participate successfully—they have to do the reading and thinking, you can’t do it for them."


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Les Howard's curator insight, March 19, 2013 7:33 AM

Shanahan makes point that Close Reading is not a technique, rather it is an outcome. I believe that the Four Resources Model (Luke & Freebody) http://www.learningplace.com.au/deliver/content.asp?pid=17768 is a useful lens to develop Close Reading of texts.

Amy Stoeckly's curator insight, March 19, 2013 2:10 PM

More on close reading and how it works for all readers, and what you can do for struggling readers.

Brook Grove Meiller's curator insight, March 21, 2013 8:18 AM

Dr. Shanahan will be in OK on Tuesday.

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Videos / Public Service Announcements

Videos / Public Service Announcements | ELA Common Core Standards (CCSS) | Scoop.it
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Three-Minute Common Core Video

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The Times in Plain English

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The Times in Plain English
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The Times is doing an outstanding job sharing informational text. Educators need access to quality and complex informational text to meet the expectations of standard 10 for reading of the Common Core State Standards.

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Implementing the Common Core State Standards: The Role of the Secondary School Leader Action Brief | Achieve

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Montana Common Core Standards ELA Stage 1 Module

Montana Common Core Standards ELA Stage 1 Module | ELA Common Core Standards (CCSS) | Scoop.it
Preview and download the course Montana Common Core Standards ELA Stage 1 Module on iTunes U.
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Meeting the Challenge of Common Core: Planning Close Reading- Timothy Shanahan

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E.D. Hirsch: Vocabulary Declines, With Unspeakable Results

E.D. Hirsch: Vocabulary Declines, With Unspeakable Results | ELA Common Core Standards (CCSS) | Scoop.it
In The Wall Street Journal, E.D. Hirsch Jr. writes that the first step to fighting income inequality is to do a better job of teaching kids to read.
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25 more states draft definition of college readiness

25 more states draft definition of college readiness | ELA Common Core Standards (CCSS) | Scoop.it

By Catherine Gewertz

 

Twenty-five states have taken a big step toward designing a shared assessment: They've drafted an initial definition of what college readiness means, and descriptions of the skills and knowledge students must demonstrate at each step of the way toward that goal.

 

Released today, the college-readiness definition and the descriptors of achievement on each level of the test are part of the work of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, one of two federally funded groups of states that are designing assessment systems for the Common Core State Standards.


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Some states buck the trend and preserve penmanship

Some states buck the trend and preserve penmanship | ELA Common Core Standards (CCSS) | Scoop.it
Is cursive a waste of time? California schools don't think so.
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#CommonCore: Moving from Adoption to Implementation to Sustainability

#CommonCore: Moving from Adoption to Implementation to Sustainability | ELA Common Core Standards (CCSS) | Scoop.it

Recommendations:


1. Make sure educators deeply understand the standards and the key instructional shifts they require.

2. Vet instructional resources for quality and alignment with the standards.

3. Transform principals into instructional leaders.

4. Listen to educators about their professional learning needs.

5. Maximize opportunities for collaboration and capacity building through professional learning.

6. Engage higher-education partners.

7. Understand and plan for the coming common assessments.

8. Adopt technology to meet teaching and learning needs but that will also work with the new assessments.

9. Align initiatives into comprehensive reforms.


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