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7 Actions that Teachers Can Take Right Now: Text Complexity » TextProject. Cover image © 2012 Galushko.

7 Actions that Teachers Can Take Right Now: Text Complexity » TextProject

All rights reserved. Used under license. A separate standard for text complexity in the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) means that this feature of reading development is at the center of many conversations among educators. How this standard translates into classroom instruction is less clear. Even with current texts, teachers can take some important actions to support their students on the staircase of text complexity—right now! With the introduction of CCSS, it’s easy to think that text complexity is a new way to look at text. It should be noted that there are no clear paths for how this standard translates into classroom instruction. Action 1Focus on Knowledge The first action is to ensure that the focus of classrooms is on knowledge acquisition. But when teachers think of strengthening the knowledge of their students, they should also think of the knowledge within literature.

A Knowledge Map for Narrative Texts Sample Record Form. 9 Ways the CC will Change the Classroom. Volume 28, Number 4July/August 2012 By Robert Rothman Nine Ways the Common Core Will Change Classroom Practice, continued 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.

9 Ways the CC will Change the Classroom

Common Core Standards Overview. Common Core State Standards Initiative. Resources - The Hunt Institute. Three Ways to Frame Your Thinking About the Common Core State Standards. Understanding the CCSS: The Shifts in Practice. Loading [MathJax]/extensions/MathMenu.js Try This in Your Classroom Tools and resources you can use tomorrow.

Understanding the CCSS: The Shifts in Practice

The Big Picture Understand what is different about the Common Core. Are You Doing the Core? Specific guidance around the Common Core in planning and practice. Jump to a Section Sign up to receive updates from us. Understanding The Common Core Standards. Effective Curriculum: Engaging students with rigorous, high quality, standards-based lessons and activities. North Carolina Unpacks the Standards. Below you will find unpacking standards documents to support teachers in their understanding of the common core and essential standards.

North Carolina Unpacks the Standards

The unpacking documents demonstrate at a granular level the knowledge and skills students are expected to master at a particular grade. Important Note: The current Standard Course of Study will continue to be taught and tested during the 2010-11 and 2011-12 school years. New standards and assessments are to be implemented for the first time beginning with the 2012-13 school year. Please send any thoughts, feedback, questions and ideas about additional resources that would help you start preparing to teach the new standards to

English Language Arts Unpacking Standards Kindergarten (pdf, 608kb) 1st Grade (pdf, 646kb) 2nd Grade (pdf, 761kb) 3rd Grade (pdf, 849kb) 4th Grade (pdf, 833kb) 5th Grade (pdf, 1.6mb) 6th Grade (pdf, 1.3mb) 7th Grade (pdf, 1016kb) 8th Grade (pdf, 1.0mb) English I & II (pdf, 1.1mb) English III & IV (pdf, 1.2mb) Tools to Unpack the ELA Common Core Standards. By Sarah Tantillo How can teachers unpack the Common Core standards for English/Language Arts and then create objectives and activities to meet them?

Tools to Unpack the ELA Common Core Standards

First, we have to develop an appreciation for the CCSS ELA trajectory (which I have blogged about HERE and HERE). But before we can really teach the standards, we must also understand exactly what they mean and what they entail. Often seemingly “simple” standards require extensive scaffolding, and some of the complicated ones are even more complicated than they might appear. (For example, Calkins, Ehrenworth, and Lehman refer to Writing Standard #9 as “the standard with twenty standards hidden within it,” and I don’t disagree.) Paraphrase the standard. To support teachers working through this unpacking process, I’ve created what I hope is a simple, user-friendly graphic organizer.

This post is an excerpt from Sarah Tantillo’s forthcoming book, Literacy and the Common Core: Recipes for Action (Jossey-Bass, June 2014).