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Literacy Design Collaborative. LDC "teaching tasks" are the meaningful reading and writing assignments that teachers “teach” and students “do” to demonstrate they have learned college and career skills.

Literacy Design Collaborative

LDC teaching tasks define what students will be asked to do and know: the challenging content and CCSS-aligned literacy skills that become the heart of the LDC module. Teaching tasks are constructed from LDC “template tasks," which provide teachers with partially built tasks that are aligned to the Common Core. The LDC template tasks offer teachers great flexibility in selecting the content, texts, and student products they want to teach. There are multiple collections of LDC template tasks—some designed for secondary grades, others for elementary grades, a science-specific collection—and more are coming soon.

The following is an example of how a blank template task is completed to become a teaching task: C3%20Framework%2006%2004%2013%20DRAFT. Novels with Science Content. Reposted from Teach Mentor TextsI thought this one was important to share again as we start a new school year and with Common Core (with content area literacy) looming, I thought it’d be a good resource. I have added more novels to the list since the original post (thanks to some helpful friends and more reading). I had someone ask for some recommendations of books that have science content within them and as well as books with math content. These requests has made me realize that there may be other teachers out there that may want some of these same recommendations. 6 Free Online Resources for Primary Source Documents.

The Common Core Learning Standards describe the importance of teaching students how to comprehend informational text.

6 Free Online Resources for Primary Source Documents

They are asked to read closely, make inferences, cite evidence, analyze arguments and interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text. Primary source documents are artifacts created by individuals during a particular period in history. 3 Simple Tools to Support the CCSS Academic Voc... The Best of the Humanities on the Web. Project Based Learning. Teaching Content Is Teaching Reading. Common Core Literacy Standards for Science and Technical Subjects, Summarized. Through a colleague on Twitter, I came across this great post from Mark Clements about how he had taken the Social Science CCSS Literacy standards, summarized them, and re-grouped them, in an attempt to make them easier to digest for teachers who may not be very familiar with Common Core.

Common Core Literacy Standards for Science and Technical Subjects, Summarized

Since I will be working with Science teachers later this month, to introduce the CCSS Literacy standards for Science and Technical Subjects, I was inspired to follow his example with the Science standards. Elementary science lesson IRA. ELA Common Core Resources for Elementary Educators. How will the Common Core shift English-language arts learning in elementary school?

ELA Common Core Resources for Elementary Educators

Well, the transition to more nonfiction readings has certainly received the most attention, but that's just one subtle way. To help parents understand these shifts, we've compiled some of the best Common Core resources from around the Web. Grade 3 - ELA/Literacy. Top Ten Middle Grade Read Alouds That Will Have Kids Rolling on the Floor Laughing by Cathy Potter. August is the month when classroom teachers are thinking about their plans for the new school year.

Top Ten Middle Grade Read Alouds That Will Have Kids Rolling on the Floor Laughing by Cathy Potter

One important decision is which books will be read aloud to students. There have been many Twitter conversations and blog posts recently about choosing just the right read aloud for the beginning of the year. Third grade teacher, Franki Sibberson, wrote about the importance of choosing just the right read aloud on her blog, A Year of Reading. Reading aloud only takes 15-20 minutes each day, yet it is a powerful act that inspires children to read, write, and think about the world around them.

Students learn rich vocabulary, literary devices, and effective writing techniques. As a school librarian, I frequently recommend good read alouds to teachers who stop by the library. Here are ten of my favorite humorous books to read aloud to middle grade readers. Content Is King. Textmasters: Shaking Up Textbook Reading in Science Classrooms. ReadWriteThink couldn't publish all of this great content without literacy experts to write and review for us.

Textmasters: Shaking Up Textbook Reading in Science Classrooms

If you've got lessons plans, activities, or other ideas you'd like to contribute, we'd love to hear from you. - 14 Amazing Project Sites: A STEM, PBL, Common Core Series - A Goldmine of Resources. 0 Comments June 8, 2013 By: Michael Gorman Jun 8 Written by: 6/8/2013 3:20 PM ShareThis The STEM and PBL Series Part 5… 14 Amazing Project Sites…. - 14 Amazing Project Sites: A STEM, PBL, Common Core Series - A Goldmine of Resources. CC and Arts Alignment from College Board. What's wrong with CA reading list. By Mark Bauerlein Mark Bauerlein is a professor in the Department of English at Emory University and the author of The Dumbest Generation : How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future; Or, Don’t Trust Anyone Under 30.

What's wrong with CA reading list

Last month, the California Department of Education issued Recommended Literature: Pre-Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve , an updated reading list of books for teachers of English, science, and social studies to use in their classrooms. The press release states that the list will “help students meet the new Common Core State Standards,” which were adopted by the State of California on August 10, 2010. To produce the list, the Department of Education convened teachers, librarians, administrators, curriculum experts, and college professors who deliberated and crafted the final tally, which Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson declared “a vital resource for students, teachers and parents.”

Why? Common Core demands the opposite. What kids are reading including CC RL Maturity Level lots more. Readers/Writers Workshops, Centers, and Resources. Literature Learning Ladders. Literature Circles involve a small group of students exploring a piece of literature in depth.

Literature Learning Ladders

Although you'll find lots of books and articles on the Literature Circles, there are many ways to implement the strategies across grade levels and subject areas. Think of literature circles as one element of a balanced literacy program rather than "the solution. " In most cases, the application of literature circles evolves over time as students and teachers become more experienced readers. Check out the off-site resources by Katherine L. Schlick Noe titled Overview of Literature Circles. The Approach. Mrs. Cowan's Literature Circles. Literature Circle Resources. If you want to see kids get excited about reading, let them choose their own books and talk about them in groups.

Literature Circle Resources

That's the basic idea behind Literature Circles, or Book Clubs. Literature Circles are even Common Core aligned! You can download the relevant standards from the link below. If you're new to Literature Circles, or even if you are a pro, visit my Classroom Book Clubs page and watch the 5-minute introduction or watch the webinar below. Then check out the links to other Literature Circle resources on Teaching Resources. Links to Lit Circle Pages and Information. The Daily 5. Literature Circle - Listening and Sharing : Selected Class Novels. Guided Reading and Reading Games with Roy the Zebra. Readers/Writers Workshops, Centers, and Resources. Literature Circles Resource Center.

Literature Circles Qualities.pdf. Literature Learning Ladders. Document Analysis Worksheets. McREL Blog: Balancing the Common Core: Leveled readers vs. complex text. The art of teaching requires many careful balancing acts, and implementing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for literacy offers an opportunity for one more.

McREL Blog: Balancing the Common Core: Leveled readers vs. complex text

We’ve heard a lot about the CCSS’ focus on complex texts; however, this doesn’t mean texts matched to students’reading levels aren’t still important. It takes both to build competent and fluent readers. Elementary classrooms and libraries across the country are filled with leveled readers, or books categorized into reading levels. During literacy blocks, many teachers carefully and systematically ensure that each student is assigned to a reading group or given a selection of texts for independent reading based on his or her assessed reading level. This is common practice in reading instruction and is, in fact, the centerpiece of popular curricula such as Lucy Calkins’ Reading and Writing Project . Research doesn’t offer much clarity on the effectiveness of either. I advocate for the middle ground. Literature Circle Resources. Mrs. Cowan's Literature Circles.

Characteristics of Literacy-Rich Content-Area Classrooms ASCD. Express 8.02 - Field Notes: How to Help Struggling Students with Life Space Crisis Intervention. Field Notes How to Help Struggling Students with Life Space Crisis Intervention Mark Anderson When I first began teaching in a self-contained special education setting, I was greatly underprepared—not just for the demanding act of teaching itself, but also, more critically, for the deep-seated social and emotional challenges I'd encounter. How do you respond to a child who screams and kicks the desk for an hour when you place a sheet of paper in front of her during a writing lesson? How do you reason with a child who becomes verbally or physically aggressive when he is not immediately called on every time he raises his hand?

Imagine This Scenario…

Content Literacies