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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. 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. Literacy Design Collaborative | Tasks Literacy Design Collaborative | Tasks
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Novels with Science Content | Unleashing Readers Novels with Science Content | Unleashing Readers 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. Today I will share with you the science books I recommended and next week I’ll share the math books.This list contains books I recommended to an 8th grade science teacher and mostly has books that are middle school and high school level. He wanted books that weren’t directly “science” books but that had science elements within them.
The Common Core Learning Standards describe the importance of teaching students how to comprehend informational text. 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. 6 Free Online Resources for Primary Source Documents

6 Free Online Resources for Primary Source Documents

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Teaching Content Is Teaching Reading
Common Core Literacy Standards for Science and Technical Subjects, Summarized 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. 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. Here's what I came up with. First, the Reading standards, summarized:
Elementary science lesson IRA
ELA Common Core Resources for Elementary Educators How will the Common Core shift English-language arts learning in elementary school? 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. ELA Common Core Resources for Elementary Educators
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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. 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. Top Ten Middle Grade Read Alouds That Will Have Kids Rolling on the Floor Laughing by Cathy Potter
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. If you've got lessons plans, activities, or other ideas you'd like to contribute, we'd love to hear from you. More Find the latest in professional publications, learn new techniques and strategies, and find out how you can connect with other literacy professionals. Textmasters: Shaking Up Textbook Reading in Science Classrooms
- 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 - 14 Amazing Project Sites: A STEM, PBL, Common Core Series - A Goldmine of Resources
- 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. 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.” What's wrong with CA reading list
What kids are reading including CC RL Maturity Level lots more Check out this broadcast on NPR’s All Things Considered about what kids are reading in school and out! Have you ever wondered why students choose the books that they do? Renaissance Learning explored this question in the fifth-edition What Kids Are Reading report, which lists the top 40 books read by students in grades 1-12 in the 2011-2012 school year. 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. 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.
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. That's the basic idea behind Literature Circles, or Book Clubs. Literature Circles are even Common Core aligned!
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Literature Circle - Listening and Sharing : Selected Class Novels
Readers/Writers Workshops, Centers, and Resources
Literature Circles Qualities.pdf
Literature Learning Ladders
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. 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.
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
Content Literacies