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Divergent Novel Common Core Aligned Unit

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Divergent Literature Novel Unit - Common Core State Standards Aligned Comprehensive literature novel unit for Veronica Roth's "Divergent." Contains the

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Tracee Orman's curator insight, January 3, 2014 10:48 AM

Divergent Novel Unit completely aligned with the Common Core State Standards. Questions covering every chapter; reading assessments; language/vocabulary-in-context exercises, with figurative language practice, word connotations, author's word choice, etc.; and Common Core reading graphic organizers that focus on characterization, themes, text connections, and plot development. Includes differentiated and extensive exercises for parallel plot development.

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The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963 Chapter by Chapter Resources

The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963 Chapter by Chapter Resources | Middle School Reading | Scoop.it

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What's in a Word? On Vocabulary Instruction

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What’s In a Word? On Vocabulary Instruction by Kathleen Stern As a middle school reading teacher, I constantly find myself thinking, “If my students knew the meaning of more words, they would be be...

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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, February 7, 2014 12:28 PM

Concrete examples for middle school teachers.

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Close Reading Resources: The What, Why and How | MiddleWeb

Close Reading Resources: The What, Why and How | MiddleWeb | Middle School Reading | Scoop.it
Educators are responding to the close reading mandate with strategies that help students better understand complex texts. Our resource roundup has the links.

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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, April 16, 2014 10:38 AM

Loads of resources here to share with teachers!

Sharrock's curator insight, April 29, 2014 10:39 AM
Mary Clark's insight:

Loads of resources here to share with teachers!

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How to Design Text-Based Questions (and Teach Students to Answer Them!) > Eye On Education

How to Design Text-Based Questions (and Teach Students to Answer Them!) > Eye On Education | Middle School Reading | Scoop.it
When I was a teacher, it was common practice to ask students for their personal responses to literature. I did that a lot in my classroom as a way t...

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No Nonsense Non-fiction: Tips for incorporating non-fiction into the ELA curriculum

No Nonsense Non-fiction: Tips for incorporating non-fiction into the ELA curriculum | Middle School Reading | Scoop.it

Many school districts are going through a painstaking process of writing new curricula to meet the Common Core State Standards. One of the biggest changes for English language arts teachers working to refine and update curricula is the need to incorporate larger amounts of nonfiction texts. As ELA teachers, we are experts in teaching literature — but nonfiction? Having recently gone through the process of writing a new middle-school ELA curriculum, I fully understand this challenge. Below are some of the ways our middle school ELA teachers worked to more organically integrate nonfiction texts into our teaching.


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Deb Gardner's curator insight, January 8, 2014 6:10 AM

Keep in mind the expectation to increase non-fiction texts (and more complex texts) is not only in the ELA class, but other subjects as well. 

Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, January 8, 2014 1:21 PM

Great examples of how to painlessly add informational text to your teaching.

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10 Strategies To Reach The 21st Century Reader -

10 Strategies To Reach The 21st Century Reader - | Middle School Reading | Scoop.it

"Like thinking, reading in the 21st century is different than in centuries past, endlessly linked in an increasingly visible web of physical and digital media forms.

So in this context of media abundance, what does the modern, 21st century look like? How can we appeal to their interests?"


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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, February 10, 2014 8:32 PM

So much to ponder here! Ignore Terry's advice about skipping to the bottom of the article for the strategies, and take the time to read the article itself.  And the strategies are great--what I'm thinking of when I envision Common Core-aligned assignments!