Common Core Online. Close Reading: Am I Getting Close? I have become obsessed with learning more about Close Reading.
I have been reading everything I can get my hands on to understand this strategy and be able to assist teachers with this shift in thinking. I have devoted much of the last 20 years to the study of literacy. I am not sure I should admit this, but up until the onset of the Common Core I had never heard of the specific strategy of Close Reading. Timothy Shanahan states in a PPT presentation it has been around for a quite long time. A closer look at the strategy reveals I have used parts of the process with students, but not in its entirety. Knowing that this strategy is something the teachers I work with should know about, I set out to develop a few resources to assist in their efforts. It should be noted that NOT every reading should be a CLOSE READING. Close Readings can be done in a variety of settings with both literature and informational text. The resources I found helpful in my journey thus far include: All About Adolescent Literacy.
Informational Texts vs. Fiction Ratios in the Opening Ceremony of London’s 2012 Olympics. Mary Poppins to the rescue:Photo from A Guide to the London 2012 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremoniestheblaze.com The London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony was broadcast at 9pm on 27 July 2012 (EST).
As a platoon of Mary Poppins clones decended clutching their iconic umbrellas to vanquish the Lord Voldemort mid-ceremony, I was suddenly struck by an idea. The Times and the Common Core Standards: Reading Strategies for 'Informational Text' Update | Sept. 2012: We’ll be exploring the new Common Core State Standards, and how teaching with The Times can address them, through a series of blog posts.
You can find them all here, in the lesson plan category “Common Core.” Forty-four states and United States territories have adopted the Common Core Standards and, according to this recent Times article, one major change teachers can expect to see is more emphasis on reading “informational,” or nonfiction, texts across subject areas: While English classes will still include healthy amounts of fiction, the standards say that students should be reading more nonfiction texts as they get older, to prepare them for the kinds of material they will read in college and careers.
New Feature: Test Yourself, Critical Thinking. For a couple of years now, we’ve asked students to “test themselves” with daily math and English-language questions.
We’re excited to announce that starting next month, we’ll be adding a weekly critical thinking question to the mix as well. This week we’ll be testing the idea by publishing one a day, so let us know what you think. First, though, what do we mean by “critical thinking”? Well, we’ll be asking students to look closely at short excerpts from Times articles or opinion pieces to analyze what the writers are saying and how they’re saying it.
We want the questions to encourage readers to examine evidence, note rhetorical and stylistic devices, investigate assumptions and claims, understand allusions, make predictions and consider context. All these are, of course, habits of mind for proficient readers, and each is also emphasized by the common core standards for informational text. Now, on to our first question … This question was written by Jessica Lahey. Reading. Common Core State Standards Reading Bookmark Common Core Reading Standards- Informational Text K-5 Bookmark Common Core Reading Standards- Literature K-5 Bookmark Common Core Reading Standards-Foundational Skills K-5 Bookmark Common Core Reading Standards - Speaking and Listening Bookmark Common Core Reading Standards- Language Standards K-5 CC K-5 Read Aloud SR GR IR CC Narrative Flipbook K-5 CC Narrative Flipbook 6-12.
SD ELA Curation Resources. Text Compactor: Free Online Automatic Text Summarization Tool. Reading Critically - Interrogating Texts - Harvard Library LibGuides at Harvard Library. Outline, summarize, analyze: take the information apart, look at its parts, and then try to put it back together again in language that is meaningful to you.
The best way to determine that you’ve really gotten the point is to be able to state it in your own words. Outlining the argument of a text is a version of annotating, and can be done quite informally in the margins of the text, unless you prefer the more formal Roman numeral model you may have learned in high school. Outlining enables you to see the skeleton of an argument: the thesis, the first point and evidence (and so on), through the conclusion. With weighty or difficult readings, that skeleton may not be obvious until you go looking for it. Summarizing accomplishes something similar, but in sentence and paragraph form, and with the connections between ideas made explicit. ELA_SBS_K5Color.xls. Success at the Core : How Teams & Teachers Transform Instruction.
Web 2.0 Financial Literacy K-12 Sites. The Core standards include financial literacy.
I was looking for Web 2.0 financial literacy resources to share with our teachers and this is what I found. This should save you time and give you resources you may not been aware of.
Content Literacy Strategies. DOE English Language Arts [Delaware Department of Education] English/Language Arts Common Core. Untitled. Cheryl's Classroom Tips: ELA Common Core State Standards Checklists. Stop by my TPT store to download the common-core checklists.
Each file includes one checklist (grade level/content specific), a planning template, and a quick-check form. Simple. Effective. Time-Saving. Region 7 Professional Development Support - ELA Process Support. May 21, 2013 ELA Common Core Text Exemplars The NCDPI ELA Team has shared the ELA Common Core Text Exemplars on the DPI website.
**Access them here**. ELA Summer Seminar The ELA section of NCDPI would like to announce a wonderful opportunity for classroom teachers to deeply explore the Common Core State Standards. There will be two sessions: one held June 17-18, and one held June 20-21. December 30, 2012: ELA- Kenan Fellow Project Webinar. Common Core State Standards - ELA & Literacy Resources. The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English Language Arts (ELA) & Literacy are the foundation of the K-12 Oregon Diploma; the Essential Skills for reading and writing are embedded within the CCSS. Without these skills, students won’t have access to full content in school. That is why the CCSS include reading and writing standards customized for Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects. To be college and career-ready, students learn to read and write in ELA and to apply the skills in all classes. Contacts. Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects.
Common Core State Standards - English Language Arts. English Language Arts Missouri Learning Standards Implementation Plan Over the past year, a number of English language arts curriculum and assessment activities have been occurring in preparation for the implementation of the Missouri Learning Standards and related curriculum and assessment including: Reinstatement of the Writing Prompts on the grades 3 and 7 grade-level assessments and the English II EOC exam Alignment of existing grade-level and EOC item banks and passages to the Missouri Learning Standards.
The information provided by this work will aid in maximizing the assessment of items that align to the Missouri Learning Standards on the 2013 – 2014 assessments. In addition, it will provide Missouri educators with results of student performance on items that specifically align with Missouri Learning Standards. Given these developments and changes, there are curricular changes that need to occur within the next two years related to the new Missouri Learning Standards.
Common Core - Resources. IRA released a letter of support in June 2013 for the position taken by the Learning First Alliance on the need for an extended transition to full implementation of the Common Core State Standards before CCSS-based assessments begin. The Literacy Implementation Guidance for the ELA Common Core State Standards white paper, issued by the IRA Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Committee, offers detailed guidance on seven issues that have proven enormously challenging to teachers, principals, administrators, and others who are charged with implementing the CCSS for English Language Arts. The Common Core State Standards for Literacy: How Do We Make Them Work? Past IRA president Lesley Mandel Morrow poses questions about the CCSS in this thought-provoking blog post (September 30, 2011). Common Core State Standards for ELA. Implementation of the ELA Common Core State Standards Across the Country. Brenda Overturf is a member of the International Reading Association's Board of Directors.
You can reach her at boverturf[AT]reading[DOT]org. NC ELA Common Core - Resources. Guest Join | Help | Sign In NC ELA Common Core Home guest| Join | Help | Sign In. Find a Book - Lexile Framework for Reading. Free reading resources for teachers. English Language Arts (ELA) Common Core Standards. In some aspects, the Common Core Standards for English, Language Arts (ELA) are more complex to understand than the standards for Mathematics.
They are divided both by grade and by subject. These are the general subjects in ELA for Kindergarten through Grade 5. In 6th Grade (through 12th) the ELA Common Core Standards also have requirements for Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects. Pay attention to the acronyms, as on many of the state test results you get back from your school, you will see a score for an abbreviation that is not easily deciphered. They will have something like this: NV.CCSS.K.RL.1 which you are supposed to be able to read as Nevada, Common Core State Standards, Kindergarten, Reading: Literature, Benchmark # 1 (Substitute your child’s state, grade, etc.). Reading Level Conversion Chart, Leveling Books. The Gradient of Text Difficulty At Benchmark Education Company, we recognize that any gradient is fallible because a book’s level of difficulty will vary among districts and schools, and from student to student.
We recommend that teachers make careful decisions in selecting leveled texts for students and consider the student’s current literacy behaviors and his/her prior knowledge of the content being presented. If prior knowledge of the topic is a limitation, the designated reading level of the text may need to be altered. We encourage teachers to confer with one another as they establish a schoolwide book room and develop a sensitivity to appropriate text levels for their school population. Please note that the grade levels assigned to letter and number levels on this chart reflect ideal expectations only. Text Complexity Grade Bands and Lexile® Bands. "It isn't often that a society gets a chance to start afresh, and I think that moment is here. " —Chester E. Finn, Jr.