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Evidence? Read like a detective, write like an investigative reporter

Evidence? Read like a detective, write like an investigative reporter | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

"David Liben, who was involved in the creation of the Common Core and is now Senior Content Specialist at Student Achievement Partners, provides this simple explanation of evidence under the new standards: “It means asking children two questions:

‘What is your evidence?''How did you figure that out?’

 

The point is to ask students to answer not just based on their thoughts or opinions, but on evidence in the text.”


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The 45 Most Powerful Photos Of 2013

The 45 Most Powerful Photos Of 2013 | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Warning: This post will make you feel emotions.
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Writing prompts don't need to be bland/boring. These photos tell stories and are packed with emotions. Students can explore these stories as disconnected from the news story or through the somewhat current event. Students can also develop descriptive language to describe the images they see. 

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Some very good material for end of year discussion.

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How English Teachers Can Easily Address the CCS...

How English Teachers Can Easily Address the CCS... | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
With many schools now taking a look at their curriculum and assessing how to best meet the needs of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) one of the most poignant realizations is the increased demand for critical thinking.
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Map Your Favorite Scary Movies with "The Geography of Horror"

Map Your Favorite Scary Movies with "The Geography of Horror" | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Where's the scariest place on the planet? It could be the Han River in Seoul, where The Host snagged unsuspecting river goers. Or maybe it's boring old Georgia, where a man executed by electric chair came back as a zombie to punish his killers.
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This could be a great math activity towards the end of October (Halloween). A number of questions from the charting of horror movie settings all over the world. This is also about data, so statistics classes might explore the questions that could be answered.

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The Science and Philosophy of Friendship: Lessons from Aristotle on the Art of Connecting

The Science and Philosophy of Friendship: Lessons from Aristotle on the Art of Connecting | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
"Friends hold a mirror up to each other; through that mirror they can see each other in ways that would not otherwise be accessible to them,
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Bill Text - 113th Congress (2013-2014) - THOMAS (Library of Congress)

THOMAS provides many options for finding legislation and information about legislation. These options are described below.

Search Bill Text

Search the full text of legislation for words or phrases or search by bill number.

Coverage: The Bill Text feature covers the 101st Congress (1989) to the current Congress. Users must select the Congress that they would like to search. 

 Search Bill Text

Search Bill Summary & Status

Bill Summary & Status (BSS) contains information about bills and amendments. Whereas the Bill Text feature (described above) searches the full text of legislation, the BSS feature searches everything but the actual text of the legislation.  The BSS information includes: sponsor(s); cosponsor(s); official, short and popular titles; floor/executive actions; detailed legislative history; Congressional Record page references; bill summary; committee information; amendment information; subjects (indexing terms assigned to each bill); a link to the full text versions of the bill; and if the bill has been enacted into law, a link to the full text of the law on the Government Printing Office Web site.

Coverage: BSS covers the 93rd Congress (1973) through the current Congress.  Users must select the Congress that they would like to search

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Walking a secondary school social studies class through this list would be educational! You can actually search the bill text for words and phrases. Kids could get a better idea on what is involved with working in Congress. These bills are also evidence as to why learning to read complex texts are so important.

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Summary Writing Hints and Tips That Get Great Results

Summary Writing Hints and Tips That Get Great Results | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
The summary may not be as glamorous as the title or as fulfilling as the article itself, but it's still important to your article's overall success.The summary is your hook to get readers to click on your article.

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7 Life Lessons From 'Anna Karenina'

7 Life Lessons From 'Anna Karenina' | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Today marks what would have been Leo Tolstoy's 185th birthday! If the author of "War and Peace" were alive today, we're sure he'd celebrate in style (his 80th birthday party was somewhat of a spectacle - check it out here).
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History’s 100 Geniuses of Language and Literature, Visualized

History’s 100 Geniuses of Language and Literature, Visualized | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
"Genius, in its writings, is our best path for reaching wisdom ... the true use of literature for life." "Genius is nothing more nor less
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Six Shades of True

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Our word true is one of the oldest in the language. It may derive from a Proto-Indo-European word for tree. A well-rooted tree is strong, steadfast and firm.
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There are different meaning to the word "true".  

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MAKE BELIEFS COMIX! Online Educational Comic Generator for Kids of All Ages

Getting your kids into comic strips is easy. Just pick up a newspaper or visit a comic strip website likegocomics.com. Then, you can extend the educational value by helping them create a strip of their own. Some kids need only a blank piece of paper and pencil to churn out box after box. For those who need a prompt, you can enjoy the fun of creating one together. You’ll be surprised how easy it is. Try these ideas:

Draw a row of story boxes or print one from the Internet— try printablepaper.net. A few large boxes is best at first. Your child can work up to a grid when s»he’s ready for a longer sequence.Brainstorm with your young cartoonist. Will the characters be humans or animals? What emotions might they display—happiness, sadness, anger? Where does the story take place?Think about real-life situations to depict, such as a joke Dad told yesterday or a wacky thing that happened on the way to school. Move on to fantasy if your child wishes.You can either draw by hand or use a free online comic strip generator (like my site,makebeliefscomix.com). http://www.scholastic.com/parents/resources/article/parent-child/how-comic-strips-help-kids-learn-to-read-and-learn?utm_source=buffer&utm_campaign=Buffer&utm_content=bufferb0b31&utm_medium=linkedin#!

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War journalists share stories at Carnegie Library forum in Oakland - Tribune-Review

War journalists share stories at Carnegie Library forum in Oakland - Tribune-Review | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
War journalists share stories at Carnegie Library forum in Oakland Tribune-Review It dawned on me that we must have thousands of women serving and how many incredible stories are there among them.” Carmen Gentile, a writer and photographer who was...
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This is nonfiction.

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What Fairy Tales Really Mean

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It’s a literary rite of passage. You finally pick up a copy of the original, unabridged Grimm’s Fairy Tales. And you’re horrified.     Cinderella’s stepmother orders one daughter to cut o...
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Fairy tales are violent and inappropriate for our kids (at least the old versions are)--prove otherwise. You need to find the stories themselves to support these story summaries though. I don't know if we can easily find them online. The reference sources are included in the webpage though. Could make for an interesting discussion in faculty meetings. 

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109 Common Core Resources For Teachers By Category

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109 Common Core Resources For Teachers By Category

 

The transition to the Common Core Standards is likely the single most significant change in the last 10 years in American public education.

While the English-Language Arts and Math haven’t changed, what the standards say about those content areas–and their relative complexity and rigor–are indeed different.

In a recent survey, you let us know you wanted more Common Core resources and support, so we’re going to ramp up our Common Core resources over the summer of 2013, including this list of various Common Core resources, separated by content area.

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Why the ability to read complex texts matters

The single biggest predictor of success in college was the ability to read complex texts independently and proficiently.


ACT Study: http://www.act.org/research/policymakers/pdf/reading_report.pdf


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do we educators really need this explanation? apparently, we do. smh

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Common Core in Action: ELA

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Finding ways to integrate technology and align instruction to the Common Core Learning Standards can be a challenge. Part of making sure that students are college and career ready goes beyond rigorou
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Here's The Full Definition Of The Most Complex Word In The English Language

Here's The Full Definition Of The Most Complex Word In The English Language | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Here's the full definition of "set," the most complex word in the English language.
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