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I.N.K.-Interesting Non-Fiction for Kids

I.N.K.-Interesting Non-Fiction for Kids | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it

Great nonfiction writers blog here.  Find titles here that will support the CCSS

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Text Complexity Multi-Index Process » TextProject

Text Complexity Multi-Index Process » TextProject | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it

Step by step process for determining text complexity

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Supplemental Information for Appendix A of the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy: New Research on Text Complexity

Contains comparison chart  for multiple quantitative measures of text complexity, including ATOS and lexile levels.  Also has a chat to determine qualitative measures, and a sample text.  


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Practical Literacy Aids for Today's Educators (PLATE): New Thoughts for How to Use the Standards

Practical Literacy Aids for Today's Educators (PLATE): New Thoughts for How to Use the Standards | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it

By "chunking" the anchor standards for reading, teachers can develop checks for understanding and performance tasks (perhaps correlated with writing) as students perform a first read, a second, and then a final read of complex texts.

 

 


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6 NonFiction Children's Book Awards--Finding NonFiction Texts for Common Core | English Language Arts

6 NonFiction Children's Book Awards--Finding NonFiction Texts for Common Core | English Language Arts | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it
These children's book awards will help you find great reads among nonfiction, informational books for kids: Orbis Pictus from NCTE, Siebert from ALA, Golden Kite from SCBWI and IRA awards and ALA Notables NSTA Outstanding Science Books, NCSS Notables.

 

Also see the blog ..http://inkrethink.blogspot.com/ for more great non-fiction!

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Reading Like a Historian | Stanford History Education Group

Reading Like a Historian | Stanford History Education Group | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it

75 lessons to engage students in primary source documents and historical inquiry.  

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Parent Roadmaps to Common Core Standards | Council of Great City Schools

"The Council of the Great City Schools' parent roadmaps in English language arts/literacy and in mathematics provide guidance to parents about what their children will be learning and how they can support that learning in grades K-8. These parent roadmaps for each grade level also provide three-year snapshots showing how selected standards progress from year to year so that students will be college and career ready upon their graduation from high school."


 


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These great resources for teachers too!
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The Teacher Report: 8 Helpful Tech Tools for the C... - WeAreTeachers

The Teacher Report: 8 Helpful Tech Tools for the C... - WeAreTeachers | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it
While the implementation of the Common Core State Standards means a lot of work and transition ahead, the good thing about shared benchmarks across 45 (8 helpful tech tools & sites for implementing the Common Core #CCSS.)...
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3 Ways to Start Implementing the Common Core Today » Teaching the Core | Teaching the Core

3 Ways to Start Implementing the Common Core Today » Teaching the Core | Teaching the Core | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it

3 broad ways to get yourself thinking about the CCSS.

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California's Common Core State Standards

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The K-12 English Language Arts division of the K-12 Curriculum and Intervention Department have the an expertise in the newly adopted California Common Core State Standards and all of the State Board of Education (SBE) adopted programs.

 

Free or low-cost courses on the CCSS.

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Education World: Four Great Common-Core Aligned Apps

Education World: Four Great Common-Core Aligned Apps | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it
Both Apple and Android offer apps that were developed with the Common Core in mind.
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Doc's Readings: Nine Ways the Common Core Will Change ...

Doc's Readings: Nine Ways the Common Core Will Change ... | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it
In a recent survey, William Schmidt, a University Distinguished Professor of education at Michigan State University, found some good news and bad news for supporters of the Common Core State Standards.
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Common Core L.CCR.5 Explained | Teaching the Core

Common Core L.CCR.5 Explained | Teaching the Core | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it
The 5th Common Core language anchor standard is about understanding figurative language, word relationships, and nuance in word meanings.
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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 | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it
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Getting Complicated With Texts: Understanding the New ELA Standards

The new Common Core Standards call for students to read a great deal more content-rich non-fiction in high school. But what’s a “complex” text anyway and how do teachers select such texts?
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Adjectives for the Word Graveyard: The Case Against "Good" and "Bad"

Try using this video as a lesson starter, without giving context.  It makes a solid point when choosing and using words in writing. Aligns well to CCSS Anchor Standard 3: Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.

 

To further push rigor, ask students to critique the video (and some of the comments) for improvement in clarity, and even point of view.

 

It's alarming that such a simple video about word choice would illicit such impassioned dialog.  Ahhh the power of words!

 


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Common Core Standards and the Four C’s: A Perfect Marriage - The Partnership for 21st Century Skills

Common Core Standards and the Four C’s: A Perfect Marriage - The Partnership for 21st Century Skills | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it
  Driving Question: How can the 4 C's be used to acheive Common Core State Standards?
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Yeah, but what will it look like in my classroom? | Burkins & Yaris

Yeah, but what will it look like in my classroom?  | Burkins & Yaris | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it

Ohhh I like the half full approach to Common Core implementation!

 

I'm looking forward to future posts on what CCSS implementation looks like in the classroom.  We can read about them, we can talk about them - let's get teaching with them!


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Common Core L.CCR.3 Explained | Teaching the Core

Common Core L.CCR.3 Explained | Teaching the Core | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it
L.CCR.3–that's the 3rd College and Career Readiness anchor standard within the Language strand of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for ELA / Literacy–says: Apply knowledge of language to understand how ...

 

I love this blog! Dave breaks down each standard by grade level.  Read through the blog, and you'll breathe easier about the CCSS transition.

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Common Core Skills: Deeper Reading - Critical Thinking | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders

Common Core Skills: Deeper Reading - Critical Thinking | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it
Lessons and resources for teachers to implement the Common Core standards - literacy, critical thinking - DBQ for elementary, middle, high school...
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Snap Judgement: The Times and the Common Core Standards: Reading Strategies for 'Informational Text' - NYTimes.com

Suggestions for using The New York Times with CCSS/ELA via @RussConrath

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Seven Tips for Aligning Assignments to Common Core | InService Blog

Seven Tips for Aligning Assignments to Common Core | InService Blog | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it
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Common Core State Standards: English Language Arts

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Chart lets you compare key ideas and details across grade level for each anchor standard.  For example, narrow your comparison to grades 6-8 for Reading (Informational) and show middle school teachers how the anchor standard details increase in complexity.  

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Basic Skills in Literacy

Basic Skills in Literacy | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it

Great example of a unit plan for HS that's adaptable for all grade levels.  

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