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Close Reading Sample Lessons and Assessment Questions


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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, September 13, 2013 3:03 PM

I love the lesson for Jim Murphy's The Great Fire--and most school libraries will have the book available for students who want to continue reading.  The lesson is self-contained, with all the articles and readings included.

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Aldous Huxley's Brave New World [video]

Original 1980 BBC Television Production...

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Aldous Huxley and NSA leaker Edward Snowden | The New American

Aldous Huxley and NSA leaker Edward Snowden | The New American | CCSS English III or English IV | Scoop.it

“In 1931, when Brave New World was being written, I was convinced that there was still plenty of time,” wrote Aldous Huxley in 1958 in Brave New World Revisited. “The completely organized society, the scientific caste system, the abolition of free will by methodical conditioning, the servitude made acceptable by regular doses of chemically induced happiness, the orthodoxies drummed in by nightly courses of sleep-teaching — these things were coming all right, but not in my time, not even in the time of my grandchildren.”


Huxley saw the process of passing from “one extreme to the other,” from a basically uncontrolled society to ”the much too orderly Brave New World where perfect efficiency left no room for freedom or personal initiative,” coming faster than he had imagined in 1931.


Stating that technology had reduced the long interval he anticipated between an unregimented society and the crushing of individuality and personal uniqueness by an all-pervading state, Huxley warned that “modern technology has led to the concentration of economic and political power, and to the development of a society controlled (ruthlessly in the totalitarian states, politely and inconspicuously in the democracies) by Big Business and Big Government.”


On how individuals have been affected by technological advances and the expansion of state monitoring and control, Huxley quoted psychologist-philosopher Dr. Erich Fromm.


“Our contemporary society, in spite of its material, intellectual and political progress, is increasing less conducive to mental health, and tends to undermine the inner security, happiness, reason and the capacity for love in the individual; it tends to turn him into an automaton who pays for his human failure with increasing mental sickness, and with despair hidden under a frantic drive for work and so-called pleasure,” wrote Fromm.


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Literacy Templates for ELA Lesson Plans

Literacy Templates for ELA Lesson Plans | CCSS English III or English IV | Scoop.it

Templates for students' written assignments


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Picturing America | EDSITEment

Picturing America | EDSITEment | CCSS English III or English IV | Scoop.it
America's history through America's art.

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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, March 6, 2013 2:59 PM

Lots of digital literacy lessons here.  EDSITEment is working on the broken links as of 3/6/13.  

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Writing a Movie: Summarizing and Rereading a Film Script - ReadWriteThink

Writing a Movie: Summarizing and Rereading a Film Script - ReadWriteThink | CCSS English III or English IV | Scoop.it
Lights! Camera! Action! In this lesson, students view a scene with no dialogue from E.T., write a script for that scene, and perform a dramatic reading while the scene plays. (Lights! Camera! Action!

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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, May 15, 2013 11:43 AM

This can easily be adapted for upper grades, addressing standards for speaking and listening, for writing narratives, and for using technology to produce and publish writing.  

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Teach Informational Texts Alongside The Literature You Love

Teach Informational Texts Alongside The Literature You Love | CCSS English III or English IV | Scoop.it
The Common Core places new emphasis on the importance of reading and analyzing complex nonfiction and informational texts. This has many English teachers feeling like their literature is under attack, but students fall in love with stories.

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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, July 22, 2013 11:18 AM

Another example of how to incorporate informational text without spending money on "Common Core-aligned" whatnot from publishers!

Linda Dougherty's curator insight, July 23, 2013 9:55 AM

Good information to share with teachers and librarians.  Did you notice the image - teens being read to from a picture book?!

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An Argumentative First Day Activity Aligned with W.CCR.1 | Teaching the Core

An Argumentative First Day Activity Aligned with W.CCR.1 | Teaching the Core | CCSS English III or English IV | Scoop.it
Here are my thoughts on an icebreaker that seeks to immediately begin building an argumentative, collaborative culture in my classroom.

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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, August 20, 2013 11:20 AM

Great start to the year!

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Writing - #CommonCore Tips: Using Transitional Words

Writing - #CommonCore Tips: Using Transitional Words | CCSS English III or English IV | Scoop.it

Mrs. Orman's Classroom

 

One of the keys to writing is using appropriate transitional words and phrases. For students who struggle with writing a cohesive essay or paper, it is essential that they use words that not only create a natural flow or progression, but link each point together.

 

Using transitions is also a key aspect in each type of writing in the Common Core State Standards. For example, read the following writing standards for grades 9-10:


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Free Online Grammar Checker, Proofreader, and Writing Coach

Free Online Grammar Checker, Proofreader, and Writing Coach | CCSS English III or English IV | Scoop.it

This is a great way to improve your essay and assignment writing. This tool will check your grammar, show you any areas where you may have plagiarised content and make suggestions for improving your writing style.


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10 Effective High-Tech Ways to Teach Writing - Best Colleges Online

10 Effective High-Tech Ways to Teach Writing - Best Colleges Online | CCSS English III or English IV | Scoop.it
Here, we offer just a few tech-focused ways to help students learn grammar, essay-writing, and why good writing is so important to their futures.

There are many tech tools available that engage students. This post share a range of information, from program that provide feedback to gramar tutorials to writing as a multimedia exercise. Online tools also provide the ability to have students experience authentic audiences. Check this out to see if there is a tool you might use with your class.


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ACT results show few are college ready - The Robesonian

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ACT results show few are college ready
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North Carolina is one of just nine states that tests all high school juniors. It's part of ...
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New electronics will empower incoming students - Lancaster Newspapers

New electronics will empower incoming students - Lancaster Newspapers | CCSS English III or English IV | Scoop.it
New electronics will empower incoming students
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Several new courses will open doors at the high school, including one that will allow juniors and seniors the opportunity to job shadow with a professional in their field of choice.
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40 Things to Do with a Text

40 Things to Do with a Text | CCSS English III or English IV | Scoop.it
This article was written by Dominic Braham and Anthony Gaughan and originally appeared in English Teaching Matters, the English Language Teachers' Associations journal. Before we get started… Wait ...

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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, September 16, 2013 9:53 PM

Great thinking skills that don't take much time, but help students learn about how many ways there are to look at text.

Francesc clavera i riera's curator insight, September 22, 2013 11:58 AM

Interessant per al tractament de les llengües a l'aula....

 

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Aldous Huxley interview-1958 (FULL)

A rare 1958 interview from the author of "Brave New World"


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Share My Lesson-CCSS ELA Lesson Plans

Share My Lesson-CCSS ELA Lesson Plans | CCSS English III or English IV | Scoop.it

Hundreds of lesson plans, searchable by grade and ELA standard


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Getting Ready to Write: Citing Textual Evidence

Getting Ready to Write: Citing Textual Evidence | CCSS English III or English IV | Scoop.it

Teaching students to use textual evidence is a key component of the Common Core. Learn how to teach students to cite textual evidence, engage in collaborative discussions and draw evidence from literary text in preparation for writing.


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This link will take you to a 6 minute video that discusses the Common Core focus of citing textual evidence.  It shows excerpts of an actual lesson and offers teacher insight into its use.

David Kevin Myers's curator insight, March 10, 2013 12:48 PM

This link will take you to a 6 minute video that discusses the Common Core focus of citing textual evidence.  It shows excerpts of an actual lesson and offers teacher insight into its use.

David Kevin Myers's curator insight, March 10, 2013 12:48 PM

This link will take you to a 6 minute video that discusses the Common Core focus of citing textual evidence.  It shows excerpts of an actual lesson and offers teacher insight into its use.

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Worth Its Weight: Letter Writing with "The Things They Carried" - ReadWriteThink

Worth Its Weight: Letter Writing with "The Things They Carried" - ReadWriteThink | CCSS English III or English IV | Scoop.it
This lesson uses a letter-writing activity based on Tim O’Brien’s story “The Things They Carried” to build empathy as students examine the weight they symbolically carry in their own lives.

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Bringing Web Tools to Gatsby's Party: A Digital Path into a Jazz Age Classic

Bringing Web Tools to Gatsby's Party: A Digital Path into a Jazz Age Classic | CCSS English III or English IV | Scoop.it
"I wasn't actually in love, but I felt a sort of tender curiosity."
-- F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

The new film adaptation of The Great Gatsby starring Leonardo DiCaprio might move teens (Anyone else use Wordle for CCSS?

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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, May 15, 2013 2:49 PM

Wordle or another word cloud creation tool would be a good start to any book discussion.

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Found Poetry: Retelling History through Poetry - Primary Source Set | Teacher Resources - Library of Congress

Found Poetry: Retelling History through Poetry - Primary Source Set | Teacher Resources - Library of Congress | CCSS English III or English IV | Scoop.it
Create poems using words and phrases selected from primary source texts to retell the historical content. Includes text and images on topics as diverse as Helen Keller, Walt Whitman, women’s suffrage, and the Harlem Renaissance.

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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, August 15, 2013 2:02 PM

Great lesson using primary sources to create found poetry.  The Library of Congress units now include a dropdown menu to find the CCSS each lesson aligns with.

Sharrock's curator insight, August 19, 2013 1:55 PM

This is a cool idea. I remember coming across something similar in a textbook.

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Common Core Essay Writing Terms

Common Core Essay Writing Terms | CCSS English III or English IV | Scoop.it
“What we’ve got here is… failure to communicate (Cool Hand Luke, 1967).” A great line from one of Paul Newman’s best movies… but also relevant to, arguably, one of the more controversial strands of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS): writing.

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5 Must-Have iOS Apps For Writers

5 Must-Have iOS Apps For Writers | CCSS English III or English IV | Scoop.it

Check out these five top Apple applications for essay writing to make getting organizing and presenting your thoughts in a coherent manner a much easier process.


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WORLD | Good writing: The missing link to good grades | Amy Henry | Oct. 5, 2012

WORLD | Good writing: The missing link to good grades | Amy Henry | Oct. 5, 2012 | CCSS English III or English IV | Scoop.it
After enduring several frustrating decades of wildly ineffective nuevo-education, those who aren’t so embedded in a faltering system that they’ve lost the ability to see the situation accurately are turning back the clock to traditional methods of teaching one subject—writing—and seeing stunning results across all disciplines.

Inspired by a method called the Common Core State Standards, teachers from New Dorp High School in Staten Island, N.Y., who have watched students falter under “new and improved” approaches to writing (emphasizing creative, memoir-type writing over traditional analytic essay writing, which may be why only 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors can write a decent paper), are now being trained to teach students the old-fashioned way teachers used before being scoffed into extinction—by formula.

To take an abstract subject like writing and teach it this way, educators worked diligently to tease out where students were missing the writing boat. Teachers and poverty levels were soon eliminated as the problem. The skills poor writers were consistently missing? They used short, disconnected sentences instead of longer ones involving coordinating conjunctions like “for,” “and,” “nor,” “but,” or “yet” to link their ideas together. Further, it was discovered that the best essay writers used a variety of complex sentences based on dependent clauses beginning with “although” and “despite,” something the struggling writers didn’t do.


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25 Ways Twitter Can Help Your Essay Writing - Edudemic

25 Ways Twitter Can Help Your Essay Writing - Edudemic | CCSS English III or English IV | Scoop.it

It can also be used as a helpful tool for students who need to prepare a paper. Here are a couple dozen (or so) ways Twitter can help your essay writing.


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Report: Roby's disorderly conduct charge dropped - USA TODAY

Report: Roby's disorderly conduct charge dropped - USA TODAY | CCSS English III or English IV | Scoop.it
Report: Roby's disorderly conduct charge dropped USA TODAY The redshirt junior, one of the top players on the second-ranked Buckeyes' defense, was charged with misdemeanor battery after he was accused of making contact with the chest of the bar's...
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