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Nonfiction as Mentor Text

Nonfiction as Mentor Text | Using Common Core Standards | Scoop.it

"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."


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Great article that talks about how authors of nonfiction use the same skills in their craft that we are asking of students.  Links at the end to other good, related articles, too.

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Brook Grove Meiller's curator insight, April 10, 2013 6:30 AM

Change your mind about nonfiction.

Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's comment, April 12, 2013 5:27 AM
Just did a booktalk for 8th grade with non-fiction titles that coincided with a fiction - they literally flew off the shelves. This is why libraries & librarians are SO important in Common Core.
Gail Donahue's curator insight, April 17, 2013 8:11 AM

This could be excellent background reading for content area teachers when trying to implement writing across the curriculum.

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Defining, Planning for, and Implementing the Common Core Standards
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Using Infographic Design to Make Common Core Connections

Using Infographic Design to Make Common Core Connections | Using Common Core Standards | Scoop.it
Using Infographic Design to Make Common Core Connections In a recent article in Phi Delta Kappan, Moeller discusses the use of visual thinking strategies to “strengthen students’ communication and ...
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Any time you can connect visual to creation to learning, you're enabling powerful learning.

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Students Map Real-World Issues with (Free) Geospatial Tools

Students Map Real-World Issues with (Free) Geospatial Tools | Using Common Core Standards | Scoop.it
Schools are gaining access to the high-powered geographical information system software that enables detailed mapping and analysis of data. Learn how they are using it to teach students.
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Top 10 Ways to Teach the Common Core ELA Standards

Top 10 Ways to Teach the Common Core ELA Standards | Using Common Core Standards | Scoop.it

Bringing the Common Core State Standards for ELA into the classroom may seem like a challenge. With the new shifts in ELA instruction and a wealth of standards, it’s hard to know where to begin. While they look intimidating, the Common Core ELA standards simply promote a comprehensive approach to ELA, focusing on the skills students need to be ready for college and their future careers. Keeping this focus in mind and incorporating a few key elements can make teaching the Common Core ELA standards much easier.

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Compare and Contrast Common Core Lesson Plan for Fifth Grade ...

Compare and Contrast Common Core Lesson Plan for Fifth Grade ... | Using Common Core Standards | Scoop.it
Literacy expert, Jill Eisenberg, shares comparison ideas within one book for fifth grade. She has created sample questions to teach towards and check mastery of each of the three common core standards categories.
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Fantastic lesson plan for fifth grade compare and contrast ELA lesson.  Also links for K-4 lessons.

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See Rock Star Educators Teaching the Common Core State Standards - PR Web (press release)

See Rock Star Educators Teaching the Common Core State Standards - PR Web (press release) | Using Common Core Standards | Scoop.it
Chron.com See Rock Star Educators Teaching the Common Core State Standards PR Web (press release) In our cause of helping make every educator effective and every student ready for college and career, we've traveled thousands of miles and visited...
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Nothing better than witnessing what 'excellent teaching' looks like.

 

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History Vs. Hollywood: Examining Accuracy in the Movies | MiddleWeb

History Vs. Hollywood: Examining Accuracy in the Movies | MiddleWeb | Using Common Core Standards | Scoop.it
Media literacy expert Frank W. Baker shares resources to help students examine the historical accuracy of docudramas and address an ELA Common Core standard.
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#CCSS require compare/contrast writing.  Here are some resources students can use to compare a movie to its novel form.

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Teach Common Core Using Student-Authored Problems

Energize your math classes with student-authored math word problems.
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Seuss-Tastic Writing and a Freebie

Seuss-Tastic Writing and a Freebie | Using Common Core Standards | Scoop.it
What would it be like if Thing One and Thing Two came to visit a classroom of second graders? The 7-8 year olds I taught today had some very interesting things to suggest!
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4 Powerful Tools For Making Your Own Interactive Content

4 Powerful Tools For Making Your Own Interactive Content | Using Common Core Standards | Scoop.it
Infographics are popular. They’re a fun way to present and read data, and many people believe that information that is presented visually is often retained better (at least for some learners).
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Solution Tree | Bringing the Common Core to Life in K–8 Classrooms

Solution Tree | Bringing the Common Core to Life in K–8 Classrooms | Using Common Core Standards | Scoop.it
Empower your students to become actively involved in their own learning! Leverage the CCSS to find strategies and tips for structuring teaching. (RT @SolutionTree: "Engaging classrooms become a reality when teachers plan for them!
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Achievethecore.org :: Featured Lessons

Achievethecore.org :: Featured Lessons | Using Common Core Standards | Scoop.it
Annotated lesson sets that demonstrate close reading.
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example lessons that everyone can use right away.

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Strategies for Reading Informational Text K-5

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By grade, this 84-page pdf gives lesson and formative asssessment ideas for each CCSS Standard involving Reading Text.

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A Simple, Two-Paragraph Template that Helps Kids to Really Argue | Teaching the Core

A Simple, Two-Paragraph Template that Helps Kids to Really Argue | Teaching the Core | Using Common Core Standards | Scoop.it
Are your students struggling with argumentative writing, especially in response to Articles of the Week? In this post, I discuss Graff/Birkenstein's They Say / I Say template.
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Great template included in this post that teachers can use today in their classrooms.  I love his use of not only Articles of the Week, but that they are articles that argue one side of an issue in particular.

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How to Start a Great Writing Center

How to Start a Great Writing Center | Using Common Core Standards | Scoop.it
An on-campus writing center helps middle and high school students develop their written communication skills. Here are six best practices for launching this resource.
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Once people open up and start sharing their work, great things can happen.

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Using Mentor Texts to Motivate and Support Student Writers

Providing students with examples of good writing is vital. Here are tips for using mentor texts in the classroom and ideas on where you can find them.
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3 Mindset Shifts that Create Excellence in the Common Core Classroom

3 Mindset Shifts that Create Excellence in the Common Core Classroom | Using Common Core Standards | Scoop.it
From content mastery, to mastery of the learning process @PartnersSIDerek #CCSS transforms teaching http://t.co/WMQOGW7nwe #ExpertToLearner
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a *MUST READ* for everyone in education.  Some of these shifts (especially #1) can be hard for some teachers.

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Common Core Classroom Examples- Math Scales

See how Gulf Highlands teacher Tracey Gillies is using math scales and the common core state standards. Common Core Standards featured include: DQ 1, Element...
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Great example of teaching mathematics aligned to the Common Core.

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Teaching Adolescents How to Evaluate the Quality of Online Information

Teaching Adolescents How to Evaluate the Quality of Online Information | Using Common Core Standards | Scoop.it

Julie Coiro writes: "An essential part of online research is the ability to critically evaluate information. This includes the ability to read and evaluate its level of accuracy, reliability and bias. When we recently assessed 770 seventh graders in two states to study these areas, the results definitely got our attention."


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Evaluating online sources is probably one of the most important daily skills for students to learn.

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Mary Clark's curator insight, April 22, 10:42 AM

While we teach website evaluation in the library, it's essential for librarians and teachers to continually model how to critically evaluate sources. 

Mayra.Loves.Books's curator insight, May 4, 12:51 PM

A very timely article, especially when I am presently coming up with a way to explain this to fifth grade students.

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Lesson Planning Templates CCSS - Common Core Lesson Plan ...

Lesson Planning Templates CCSS - Common Core Lesson Plan ... | Using Common Core Standards | Scoop.it
There is not necessarily a "correct" way to create lesson plans, however there are components which you should aim to include: Desired Outcomes: What wi.
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Fantastic tool for teachers as they begin implementing CCSS.  They only way one will become familiar withe the Standards is to become immersed as deeply as possible.

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Common Core

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The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) lay out very specific listening requirements by grade, as part of a dedicated strand on speaking and listening skills.  The standards also specify the use of ‘other media’ within the strand, e.g.,...
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Great resource!  I sent this link to the media specialist and literacy coach...

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Modeling Close Reading for Future Teachers: Professional Resources

Modeling Close Reading for Future Teachers: Professional Resources | Using Common Core Standards | Scoop.it
Concluding her three-part series about supporting preservice ELA teachers with videos, guest blogger Dr.
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Close Reading remains an important component of literacy skills, and since everyone is a reading teacher, everyone needs to know how to teach this skill.

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200 Free Kids Educational Resources: Video Lessons, Apps, Books, Websites & More

200 Free Kids Educational Resources: Video Lessons, Apps, Books, Websites & More | Using Common Core Standards | Scoop.it
Get free K-12 video lessons; mobile apps; audiobooks, ebooks and textbooks; foreign language lessons; test prep materials; and web resources!

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The Role of PBL in Making the Shift to Common Core

The Role of PBL in Making the Shift to Common Core | Using Common Core Standards | Scoop.it
Editor's note: John Larmer, Editor in Chief at the Buck Institute for Education (BIE), contributed to this post.

The Common Core has embedded within it some Big Ideas that shift the role of teachers
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Common Core - Close Reading

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Chelsea Higgins is using Pinterest, an online pinboard to collect and share what inspires you.
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iTeach. iCoach. iBlog.: Five close reading strategies to support the Common Core

iTeach. iCoach. iBlog.: Five close reading strategies to support the Common Core | Using Common Core Standards | Scoop.it
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If you don't read anything else today, read this.  It explains CLOSE READING step-by-step.

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Michelle Jessup's curator insight, November 4, 2013 1:26 PM

We need to teach HOW to read a given text

Mary Anne Kosmoski's curator insight, February 15, 5:19 AM

This is awesome!