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Five close reading strategies to support the Common Core

Five close reading strategies to support the Common Core
I walked in to my first college class, Political Science 101, eager to learn. For my inaugural college assignment, my professor asked the class to read the first three chapters of the textbook for the next class period. That night, I returned to my dorm room, determined to learn everything I could in those three chapters. I pulled out my textbook and highlighter. Growing up, that is what I always saw the “older kids” using when they read a textbook. In my naïve 18-year-old mind, I believed that highlighters must have some magical power that transports the words on the page directly to your brain. However, when I opened my textbook it was unlike anything I had read in high school. I shrugged, pulled out my highlighter and started highlighting. I quickly realized that I had no real game plan for reading this complicated textbook. Flash forward to my first few years of teaching. Last fall, I attended an AVID workshop about critical reading strategies. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. · Ask questions.

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Every Teacher's Checklist for Struggling Readers. Students of all ages fall into the category of "struggling readers" and for a variety of reasons. Some students struggle with word analysis, others have difficulty with vocabulary, and comprehending text independently is a hurdle for some. As their teacher, it is often hard to know which reading strategies for struggling readers you should be using, because it is difficult to know exactly where their reading breakdowns are occurring. This simple checklist can be used at a variety of grade levels as an informal, formative assessment.

Comprehension Strategies: Annotation Made Simple We most often associate note-taking while reading as lifting key words and phrases from the text and jotting them on separate paper or a graphic organizer. However, another skill students need is how to annotate a text. It's a form of "talking" to the text while reading it. Although the reader isn't speaking out loud, he is recording his own unique thoughts and questions right on the passage itself. Beyond simply highlighting, this kind of text interaction can include various marks and codes. UNDERLINING: Underline (or highlight) all unfamiliar words.

Ten Things Parents Should Know About the Common Core State Standards Here are answers to questions you might have about the standards and what they might mean for your children. A list of recommended resources is included at the end of the article. This article is also available in Spanish. Frequently Asked Questions Three Questioning Strategies for Any Lesson Teachers know—questions play a different role, depending on when they're used. Questions are a way to motivate, set goals, stimulate thinking, convey purpose, and create a positive learning environment. Questions inspire thinking and reflection, allow students to review what they're learning, involve students in evaluating their understanding of implicit and explicit learning, and encourage students to think ahead – to predict, anticipate, problem solve, and identify trends and patterns. Questions prompt students to summarize what they learned, make analogies, reflect, draw conclusions, incorporate new learning with prior learning, and extend learning. In her ASCD Annual Conference session, Sandra Page presented several questioning strategies that can be used at all stages of a lesson:

Common Core State Standards » TextProject The Common Core State Standards is the first effort by American states (43 to date) to set the same goals for student learning. Within the standards, explicit text levels are given across the grades to ensure that high school graduates are college and career ready. Beginning with the grade 2-3 band, target text levels have increased from previous recommendations. The Standards provide little guidance, however, on how to support the many students who struggle with current grade-level texts. TextProject has responded rapidly to this need with research-based resources that will guide and inform educators, parents, and community leaders.

Using the RAFT Writing Strategy Contribute to ReadWriteThink / RSS / FAQs / Site Demonstrations / Contact Us / About Us See more like this Our lesson plans are written and reviewed by educators using current research and the best instructional practices and are aligned to state and national standards.

The A-List: Verbs to Live By by Jim Burke We are all working hard to help our students succeed in school now and life later (or, as Carol Jago says, “to make a living and make a life” for themselves). So much talk about academic vocabulary these days, some of it more useful and effective than others. We asked ourselves at my school what words are central to all subjects, common to all assignments and assessments, but also aligned with or referenced in the Common Core. I spent much of last week working on this question and arrived at the following list, which I am calling “The A-List.”

Performance Assessments ** These performance assessments were created by the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project for NYC Department of Education and some are owned by NYC Department of Education. The NYC Department of Education has agreed to allow Teachers College Reading and Writing Project to post the performance assessment online to support your students' academic progress. You must obtain permission from the NYC Department of Education for any other use of the assessments. ** A quick overview of the Hero’s Journey » Jordan McCollum Planning out a novel? Be sure to join my newsletter for a FREE plotting/revision roadmap, and check out the full series on plotting novels in a free PDF! Over the last two weeks, we’ve looked at two plotting methods. One helped us parse our story into parts, the other helped us grow it from an idea.

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Comprehension Toolkit Series What’s New in the Second Edition? The new 2016 edition of the series includes everything from the original edition plus a new teacher’s guide, new online resources, and a new book, Content Literacy: Lessons and Texts for Comprehension Across the Curriculum; many new lessons integrate the strategies with science and social studies curriculum. Strategy and Lesson Books: The updated strategy books contain the same content and lessons from the original edition with an improved design and organization to make the teaching of comprehension more accessible and easier to integrate across the curriculum. Purposeful Annotation: A "Close Reading" Strategy that Makes Sense to My Students - Dave Stuart Jr. Mmm… tortilla chip crumbs. (It’ll make sense later.) If you look at my original close reading post, you’ll see I was basically using the phrase “close reading” to refer to annotation. It took me a year or more to realize that I was saying one buzzwordy thing to mean a lot of explicit, less confusing things that readers do when grappling with a text. I blame my error on allowing myself to get sucked into the unfortunate vortex that was the buzzwordification of close reading. If you’re new to the blog though, keep in mind while I do try not to take the educational establishment too terribly seriously (instead opting to occasionally poke fun at us), when it comes to helping students flourish in the long-term, I’m dead serious.

Sample Items and Performance Tasks Smarter Balanced sample items illustrate the rigor and complexity of the English language arts/literacy and mathematics items and performance tasks students will encounter on the Consortium’s next-generation assessments. The sample items and performance tasks are intended to help teachers, administrators, and policymakers implementing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and preparing for next-generation assessments. They provide an early look into the depth of understanding of the CCSS that will be measured by the Smarter Balanced assessment system.

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