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Reading. Writing. Thinking. Sharing.

Reading. Writing. Thinking. Sharing.
Do you teach non-fiction text structures? Are your students familiar with the five most common text structures for non-fiction? In welcoming the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS), schools across the country are making big changes to their curriculum and instruction (K-12). The CCSS were designed with the end-goal of preparing all students for college and career success. The standards provide an academic road map for each grade-level and define expectations for higher levels of student achievement. New York State, among many other states, has adopted these standards, and is on the path toward aligning curriculum and content to integrate these higher levels of learning. A Focus on Non-Fiction: If you’re anything like me, you strive to stay fresh and up-to-date in your instruction each year. With the new Common Core ELA standards, non-fiction is becoming the primary focus, as students are expected to be proficient in reading complex informational texts. The Non-Fiction Text Structures:

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How Can We Make Assessments Meaningful? I think meaningful assessments can come in many shapes and sizes. In fact, to be thoroughly engaging and to draw the best work out of the students, assessments should come in different formats. Thankfully, with the Common Core standards exemplifying the 4Cs -- Creativity and Critical Thinking (through performance-based assessments), Collaboration, and Communication (through the use of interdisciplinary writing) -- we are looking at a more fluid future in testing formats. As long as the format itself is aligned with real-world skills, a meaningful assessment does not need to be lockstep with a particular structure any more.

Common Core State Standards: English Language Arts 1 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking. Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking. (show more) Print many upper- and lowercase letters. Use frequently occurring nouns and verbs. Form regular plural nouns orally by adding /s/ or /es/ (e.g., dog, dogs; wish, wishes). Understand and use question words (interrogatives) (e.g., who, what, where, when, why, how). Text Complexity: 7 Actions that Teachers Can Take Right Now Cover image © 2012 Galushko. All rights reserved. Used under license.

Cooperative Learning Strategies Global rating average: 0.0 out of Read articles that define and explain how to use cooperative learning strategies in the classroom. Includes cooperative learning lesson plans for a variety of subjects and grade levels. There are links to eThemes Resources Teaching Tips: Cooperative Learning for High School, Teaching Tips: Cooperative Problem Solving Tasks, and Teaching Tips: Team Building Activities for Elementary Students. Grades Links

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School Library Monthly Blog » Common Core Education Reform Movement Learns Lesson From Old Standards : NPR via kwout I was riding in the car this morning when I caught a teaser on NPR for a story about new standards coming to schools “near you,” so I had to keep listening to hear what Common Core State Standards news might be taking shape. So I listened on (through a story on what really constitutes “breaking news” for local stations) and learned . . . not all that much, really, except for some interesting statistics about state test scores. Getting HS Seniors to Love Reading I’ve always been a Nerdy Book Club member, but my passion for young adult literature really ignited last summer. On one of my many, many, MANY trips to Target, I popped in to the book section and bought The Hunger Games. I do that. I buy my books. Of course I quickly plowed through the entire trilogy.

186 Videos that will make you go Huh, Whoa, Wow, Ahhh, and Ha-Ha Follow @paulbogush An updated version of this post is here 286 Videos Four years ago I wrote a post simply called 99 Videos that will make you go Huh, Whoa, Wow, Ahhh, and Ha-Ha. I decided to reincarnate that post because many of the videos are no longer on the internet, some of the sites have gone under, and I have always wanted to get to an even 100. Videos play an important role in my class (well not so much this year, because of something I can’t write about here, but they will continue again next year They serve as much more than a time filler (ok maybe sometimes), they are played for more than just cheap laughs (although I am a big fan of cheap laughs), and they all usually have some point to them (maybe the snoring dog video has no point). Yes conversations can bond people, yes sharing personal stories can create a common bond between people…but so can video if used carefully and purposely.

Come See How To Buncee: Learn How To Create Holiday Ecards Yo buncee fam: It’s time for the holiday edition of “Come See How To Buncee!” On November 20th from 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm EST, the buncee team will be hosting a FREE webinar showing you how to create the best holiday ecards. With personalized photos, embeded videos, songs, and original audio recordings you can create a digital message that your family, friends, and Santa will love! With buncee, your holiday communication is made easy! Simply create and share.

An Interactive Image Report image You can report this image for abusive, violent or sexual content, and our staff will take a look at it. Add image to a channel Create a new channel Replace image Allows you to replace an uploaded image. Strategy for Reading Readiness By Brian ThomasJune 20th, 2013 7:00 am College and career readiness plays a prominent role in the Common Core standards. Examine the ELA Anchor Standards Grades 6-12 (p. 57 of pdf). How can the content areas, such as social studies, support these ten anchor standards? What resources can teachers put together to concentrate on the reading skills needed to uncover the rich content of their course?