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Newsela | Nonfiction Literacy and Current Events

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Unlimited access to hundreds of leveled news articles and Common Core–aligned quizzes, with new articles every day.

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AMAZING website-You have to check this one out!  Something for everyone here: Science, current events on all kinds of topics, social studies, culture and more!  What's more to love: you can adjust the lexile (reading level) , some come with worksheets or assessments, and you can save these in your teacher binder. With this FREE account you can email these articles out to students to read as homework and have them come to class ready to discuss.

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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, August 1, 2013 2:25 PM

Excellent resource for articles for your classroom!  Students can adjust their reading level by lexile, which allows you to assign one article, differentiate instruction, and not stigmatize a student with a lower reading level! You can create a class binder, give students an access code, and track the quizzes they take.  Or assign a certain number of articles and let students choose their own articles on topics that interest them.  I think this is the best resource for informational text I've seen in 2013!

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Building Science Vocabulary

Building Science Vocabulary | The Scoop on the CCSS for 6-12 Teachers | Scoop.it
Building student vocabulary allows them to read and write at a higher level. Here is a good strategy to build student vocabulary, which starts by the students identifying tough words, and examining related words.

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Instead of you giving students a vocab list-try this strategy of having them TELL you the words they don't know from the text-and then they work to find out the meaning.

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Kate Gukeisen's curator insight, November 3, 2014 1:16 PM

This video from TeacherTube features vocabulary building strategies that are perfect for the Science Classroom, but could be applied to any content area.

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Clearinghouse

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I attended the WASCD conference in October and Heidi Hayes Jacobs was the keynote-TONS and TONS of Resources on her clearninghouse.  Hover your mouse over the dropdown arrow under All Resources and begin exploring-you will find something you will want to explore!

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Amy Stoeckly's curator insight, October 29, 2014 9:21 AM

I attended the WASCD conference in October and Heidi Hayes Jacobs was the keynote-TONS and TONS of Resources on her clearninghouse.  Hover your mouse over the dropdown arrow under All Resources and begin exploring-you will find something you will want to explore!

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CORE ELA Performance Assessment Modules - Standards Assessment & Instruction

CORE ELA Performance Assessment Modules - Standards Assessment & Instruction | The Scoop on the CCSS for 6-12 Teachers | Scoop.it

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Looking for performance tasks? These are very well done and there are mulitple titles for the grades that have shared their work.  If your grade does not have work posted-still take a peek and see what you may be able to do to bring performance tasks into your classroom assessments. A real gem of a find!

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Amy Stoeckly's curator insight, February 27, 2014 10:55 AM

Looking for performance tasks? These are very well done and there are mulitple titles for the grades that have shared their work.  If your grade does not have work posted-still take a peek and see what you may be able to do to bring performance tasks into your classroom assessments. A real gem of a find!

debbie thomas's curator insight, February 28, 2014 10:42 AM

Great resource! Could be used for instruction or assessment.

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Passages for Building Reading Stamina

Passages for Building Reading Stamina | The Scoop on the CCSS for 6-12 Teachers | Scoop.it
You should check out ReadWorks. I love their research-based reading comprehension curriculum, and you might too. ReadWorks is a completely free resource—all you have to do is register!
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Amy Stoeckly's curator insight, March 4, 2014 11:02 AM

Four passages in grades K-8!

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Common Core State Standards Resources from Share My Lesson - Resources - Share My Lesson

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Looking for something to supplement your daily instruction-check out Share My Lesson.  It is a free site where teachers have uploaded their CCSS lessons.

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Looking for something to supplement your daily instruction-check out Share My Lesson.  It is a free site where teachers have uploaded their CCSS lessons.

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Brand New Science Passages

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Readworks just added 75 Science passages for grades K-8!

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Newsela | Nonfiction Literacy and Current Events

Newsela | Nonfiction Literacy and Current Events | The Scoop on the CCSS for 6-12 Teachers | Scoop.it
Unlimited access to hundreds of leveled news articles and Common Core–aligned quizzes, with new articles every day.

Via Mary Reilley Clark
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AMAZING website-You have to check this one out!  Something for everyone here: Science, current events on all kinds of topics, social studies, culture and more!  What's more to love: you can adjust the lexile (reading level) , some come with worksheets or assessments, and you can save these in your teacher binder. With this FREE account you can email these articles out to students to read as homework and have them come to class ready to discuss.

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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, August 1, 2013 2:25 PM

Excellent resource for articles for your classroom!  Students can adjust their reading level by lexile, which allows you to assign one article, differentiate instruction, and not stigmatize a student with a lower reading level! You can create a class binder, give students an access code, and track the quizzes they take.  Or assign a certain number of articles and let students choose their own articles on topics that interest them.  I think this is the best resource for informational text I've seen in 2013!

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WatchKnowLearn - Free K-12 educational videos

WatchKnowLearn - Free K-12 educational videos | The Scoop on the CCSS for 6-12 Teachers | Scoop.it
Free K-12 educational videos … organized. Tens of thousands of excellent, educational videos in a huge, intuitive directory. Organized, reviewed, rated, and described by teachers. Ideal as a supplement to a curriculum or for independent study.
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Videos to share with your students on all kinds of literacy topics!

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FREE -- Teaching Resources and Lesson Plans from the Federal Government

FREE -- Teaching Resources and Lesson Plans from the Federal Government | The Scoop on the CCSS for 6-12 Teachers | Scoop.it
More than 1600 federal teaching and learning resources organized by subject: art, history, language arts, math, science, and others -- from FREE, the website that makes federal teaching and learning resources easy to find.
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FREE complex text to supplement your current units in a wide variety of subjects!

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instaGrok | A new way to learn

instaGrok | A new way to learn | The Scoop on the CCSS for 6-12 Teachers | Scoop.it
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Amy Stoeckly's curator insight, April 5, 2013 3:08 PM

Doing research with your students...don't pass this site up!  Type in what you are searching, slide the chalkboard to Einstein gauge for text and content complexity and then Grok!  The spider web digs deeper in to the substrands of the content-check out the right column of key facts, additional website, videos, pictures, and a glossary.  You create an account you can pin and journal to actually start your report right in Instagrok.  Love it!

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Standard 5: the Ikea of the Common Core Standards

Standard 5: the Ikea of the Common Core Standards | The Scoop on the CCSS for 6-12 Teachers | Scoop.it
The desk I'm writing at is from Ikea. It was purchased on my first (and last) trip to the Swedish superstore. Why vow to never, ever return? Well, at first glance, Ikea made me feel confident. The ...

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Love the analogy between CCSS standard 5 and Ikea directions!  Keep scrolling to read how to teach standard 5 (done with a poetry example).

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Amy Stoeckly's curator insight, March 19, 2013 3:00 PM

Love the analogy between CCSS standard 5 and Ikea directions!  Keep scrolling to read how to teach standard 5 (done with a poetry example).

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Sample Items | Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium

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Use the top tool bar to navigate for your grade(s) you teach and see how the assessment may look for student.  The link for math is also on the top tool bar.

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Informational Text, the Common Core, and the Library of Congress: A Resource Center Rich with Primary Sources and Teacher Tools | Teaching with the Library of Congress

Informational Text, the Common Core, and the Library of Congress: A Resource Center Rich with Primary Sources and Teacher Tools | Teaching with the Library of Congress | The Scoop on the CCSS for 6-12 Teachers | Scoop.it
Informational text is more important to teachers than ever before, especially with the rise of the Common Core standards. The Library of Congress is an excellent resource for finding and using texts to build students' reading skills.

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Connie Wise's curator insight, February 23, 2013 2:39 PM

Primary sources to accompany information text for students.

debbie thomas's curator insight, March 24, 2013 7:25 PM

Great site for primary sources to link to your social studies and literacy units.

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Argument Writing: Four Reasons Why It’s Writing Priority Number One

Argument Writing: Four Reasons Why It’s Writing Priority Number One | The Scoop on the CCSS for 6-12 Teachers | Scoop.it

You probably don’t need me to tell you that argument writing is a hot topic in education — it has a special place in the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and it is writing anchor standard number 1 for a reason. However, some teachers are asking if we really should no longer teach persuasive writing to our upper grade students.

I have many fond memories of teaching persuasive writing. Students love discussing and debating their point of view, and it has the capacity to pull in reluctant writers because most students don’t have trouble writing about their position on controversial issues. Also, persuasive writing has traditionally been required on high-stakes assessments such as the ACT. This is all good stuff, so why should we switch from persuasive to argument writing? Because, while persuasive writing may be a norm of the past, argument writing is the skill of the future.

Here are four reasons to make the switch from persuasive to argument writing for grades 6-12:

1. Argument focuses on evidence and clear reasoning

Argument writing is all about whether you have quality evidence and whether you can explain how your evidence supports your claim. The logical process of gathering evidence, coming up with a claim, and linking evidence to your claim is different than the passion of persuasive debates. Rather than ignoring contrasting points of view, different perspectives strengthen arguments by giving students the chance to test their claims with contrasting evidence and refine their positions. Introducing standards for accountable talk and argument frames is a great way to keep the discussion focused and academic in nature.

 

2. Avoiding the Drama

Have you ever had a discussion stall out in your classroom when a student says “Well, that’s my opinion, I have a right to my opinion” and then refuses to entertain other ideas? Or have you seen a debate get too personal, with students polarizing to one side or the other with tempers rising? Turns out, this is typical of persuasion. Persuasion is personal, passionate, and all about winning. In persuasion, people often pull examples from their own lives to tug at the heart strings of their audience. They pick and choose the best evidence for their side, ignoring the counter arguments. This leads to a discussion that is more about who can speak the loudest or get in the most verbal jabs, not the best for promoting civil academic discourse.

3. Argument gets students ready for the next generation of high-stakes assessments

Next-generation assessments such as PARCC and Smarter Balanced, are going to require a large amount of argument writing (along with writing to inform and explain and, to a lesser extent, narrative writing), but they are NOT going to include persuasive writing. The future is argument writing. Argument writing requires evidence and the prompts require students to read across several texts, some of which include video and other media. The sooner you start preparing students for this the better. There are great examples on the PARCC and Smarter Balancedwebsites of argument-centered performance tasks. Achieve the Core has K-12 samples of PARCC-style opinion and argumentative writing. The 6-12th grade sample lessons have students write an argument from three texts and they have been annotated with the Common Core State Standards for argument. Check them out!

4. Argument prepares students for the real world beyond the school walls

Education experts Mike Schmoker and Gerald Graff argue that argument is “the primary skill essential to our success as citizens, students and workers.” College professors always complain that students are not prepared to craft an argument when they get to college, and our students’ performance on national assessments of argument writing bears this out. Argument is important in all disciplines, which can make it a common thread throughout the school day. Students are constantly bombarded with media manipulators trying to separate them from their money (or worse), and understanding what makes a sound argument is essential. It can help our students evaluate products and services for themselves.

So if you teach grades 6-12, make the switch to argument writing. If you teach grades K-5, read Writing Anchor Standard 1 up through the grades and see how your students are being scaffolded toward argumentation. Respond to this post with ways you are teaching or plan to teach argument in your classroom.

 

 


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ReadWorks.org | K-12th Grade Social Studies Articles

ReadWorks.org | K-12th Grade Social Studies Articles | The Scoop on the CCSS for 6-12 Teachers | Scoop.it
You’ll love this research-based reading comprehension curriculum. Check out ReadWorks.org!
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New Social Studies Passages ... new grade levels have been added!

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Amy Stoeckly's curator insight, September 10, 2014 7:40 PM

More great passages from ReadWorks!

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BetterLesson

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Another sources for CCSS aligned lessons. Sign up for free access to reading and math lessons.

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Amy Stoeckly's curator insight, February 14, 2014 2:23 PM

Another sources for CCSS aligned lessons. Sign up for free access to reading and math lessons.

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Social Studies Reading Passages

Social Studies Reading Passages | The Scoop on the CCSS for 6-12 Teachers | Scoop.it
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Readworks keeps adding more and more passages that have CCSS aligned questions.  Here is their newest additions for grade k-8 all with a social studies focus!

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Amy Stoeckly's curator insight, January 30, 2014 7:03 PM

Readworks keeps adding more and more passages that have CCSS aligned questions.  Here is their newest additions for grade k-8 all with a social studies focus!

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Growing Writers in Science

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Growing Writers in Science by Christine Schepeler The Challenge of Writing in Science I spend a lot of time as a science teacher thinking about how to effectively integrate writing standards while ...
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Read how this science teacher is using class time to teach Science AND getting students to write as outlined in the CCSS.

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Common Core

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Common Core ELA for grades 6-12 Stepped with each element added highlighted in yellow (preview below)
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ELA teachers-a fantastic lesson plan template for you with spaces to click on the standards your lessons address, differentiation, and assessments.

Content Area teachers-feel free to try it out too!

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Simplebooklet

Simplebooklet | The Scoop on the CCSS for 6-12 Teachers | Scoop.it
Code free digital sliders and flip books. Publish everywhere.
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Amy Stoeckly's curator insight, September 11, 2013 11:39 PM

A FREE option for digital publishing of your student's writing.

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CCSS writing: "How will students handle the rigor?"

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Computer adaptive tests produced by Smarter Balance will test students in four categories for English Language Arts. They will be expected to demonstrate mastery on reading, writing, and speaking/listening and research/inquiry tasks.


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Welcome to--- Common Core Strategy in a Minute for Speaking and Listening Videos

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Thinking of having your students make a presentation when finishing a unit?Here is a great resource with many short video clips you could show in class and have them reflect on their current presentation content, then immediately revise.  Or, how about trying a flipped classroom...have them watch these for homework and come prepared to discuss the elements of a great presentation or speech.

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Testing Group Approves Performance-Level Descriptions

Testing Group Approves Performance-Level Descriptions | The Scoop on the CCSS for 6-12 Teachers | Scoop.it
The Smarter Balanced consortium decides to affiliate with a research group for future work and defines student performance at each testing level.
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Amy Stoeckly's curator insight, April 2, 2013 11:00 AM

Click on the links in here to read more about the 4 point rubric used in SB.  This information will be helpful when creating your common assessment rubrics.

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Close reading is and outcome, not a technique

Close reading is and outcome, not a technique | The Scoop on the CCSS for 6-12 Teachers | 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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More on close reading and how it works for all readers, and what you can do for struggling readers.

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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.

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

Dr. Shanahan will be in OK on Tuesday.

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ReadWorks.org

ReadWorks.org | The Scoop on the CCSS for 6-12 Teachers | Scoop.it
Free, research-based K-6 reading comprehension lesson plans and non-fiction reading passages & question sets. Common Core aligned, teacher & principal endorsed.
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Amy Stoeckly's curator insight, February 6, 2013 2:53 PM

FINALLY...an incredible website that has CCSS aligned lesson plans!  The second tab on the top offers a selection on non-fiction text passages and accompanying questions that could be used for your instruction or formative/summative assessments.  Bookmark this site on your favorites.  Most of it is free, the books they reference may be in our libraries or thier is a link to Amazon to see how much they cost. LOVE THIS SITE!