Five Strategies to Infuse Common Core State Standards with Social Studies Instruction Posted by Herff Jones | Nystrom on Friday, June 28, 2013 · 3 Comments The Common Core State Standards are here. According to the Common Core website, there are only five states that have not yet adopted the new standards. So, what exactly, makes the Common Core standards so compelling? Well, the English Language Arts standards are organized around a series of “shifts” in thinking about pedagogy that attempt to increase the complexity of student understanding. Consider the following ideas: Shift 1: Balancing Informational Text and Literature Shift 2: Building Knowledge in the Disciplines Shift 3: Staircase of Complexity Shift 4: Text Based Answers Shift 5: Writing from Sources Shift 6: Academic Vocabulary These shifts have direct implications for the social studies classroom. Strategy 2: Spend Time Helping Students Grapple with Text Another tenet behind the English Language Arts standards is the idea that students need multiple opportunities to struggle with text. See? References
10 truths about Europe’s migrant crisis | UK news When you’re facing the world’s biggest refugee crisis since the second world war, it helps to have a sober debate about how to respond. But to do that, you need facts and data – two things that the British migration debate has lacked this summer. Theresa May got the ball rolling in May, when she claimed on Radio 4 that the vast majority of migrants to Europe are Africans travelling for economic reasons. The media has followed suit, one example being the Daily Mail’s unsubstantiated recent assertion that seven in 10 migrants at Calais will reach the UK. Foreign secretary Philip Hammond this week not only repeated May’s claims about African economic migrants, but portrayed them as marauders who would soon hasten the collapse of European civilisation. Hammond, like many people, could do with some actual statistics about the migration crisis. Far from being propelled by economic migrants, this crisis is mostly about refugees. 1.2 million €11bn
4 Tools for Building Academic Vocabulary “4 Tools for Building Academic Vocabulary” by Susan Oxnevad was originally published on gettingsmart.com There is a wealth of research to suggest that vocabulary knowledge is the single best predictor of student academic achievement across all curriculum areas. Experts agree, if given the opportunity to receive effective vocabulary instruction, most students can acquire vocabulary at rates that will improve their comprehension and also their chances for success in school. Why Vocabulary and Tech? Technology is an effective and engaging tool that can be used to improve vocabulary acquisition for all learners and engage them in the learning process. 1. Wallwisher is a free and user friendly digital tool that allows users to create a digital wall of multimedia sticky notes which can include text, images, links and videos. 2. ThingLink is a tool for creating interactive images that supports a variety of multimedia. 3. 4.
English Adjectives for Describing Physical Appearance - Vocabulary for Talking About How People Look attractive - a person who is very good looking. (men and women). Attractive is a word you might use to describe someone who is very nice to look at, but who is not stunningly beautiful or strikingly handsome. Example sentence: - "Princess Diana was a very attractive woman." bald - As soon as possible. A.S.A.P. is an informal expression that is used to indicate when things need to be done really quickly. Example sentence: - "Could you finish that report for me today, please? beautiful - abbreviation for the English preposition 'before'. Online chat abbreviation for the English word 'before', a word we often use to talk about things that happened earlier than other events. We also use the word 'before' to talk about things we expect to happen sooner than other future events that are likely. blonde - textspeak for the expression 'bye for now'. 'Bye for now' is a slang expression that we use when we are saying goodbye to people we expect to see or speak to again in the near future. short - you.
What’s So Hard About Research? We are told that the students that we teach are “digital natives.” This term implies that from the time they were born, technology has played such a large part in students’ lives that they know no other way. Also, it has been noted that digital natives have an aptitude for technology that is significantly different from the older generations (who have been dubbed “digital immigrants”); the joke goes that if you give a digital native and a digital immigrant a new digital camera, the native will be taking pictures before the immigrant has finished reading page two of the manual. However, as we wrote about in another article for Scientific American , just because students are digital natives, does not mean that they have skills to figure out all technology, or to use technology in a purposeful way. Students can find out basic names, dates, and facts through online research. What about online research is challenging to students? Teacher: “Ok, show me what sites you’ve used.” So what?
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10 Dos & Don'ts For Teaching Vocabulary In Any Content Area 10 Dos & Don’ts For Teaching Vocabulary In Any Content Area With the Common Core adoption in the United States, teaching vocabulary is no longer strictly the domain of the English-Language Arts classroom. While Robert Marzano has been promoting the instruction of academic vocabulary for years–and many school literacy plans have included reading and writing across the content areas for years–it is now a matter of standard and law. Which makes it kind of a big deal. And while a small portion of non-ELA teachers may wonder (sometimes out loud) why they have to do “ELA teachers’ jobs and their jobs too,” this is a change that’s been a long time in coming.
English Vocabulary Lexile-to-Grade Correspondence There is no direct correspondence between a specific Lexile measure and a specific grade level. Within any classroom or grade, there will be a range of readers and a range of reading materials. For example, in a fifth-grade classroom there will be some readers who are ahead of the typical reader (about 250L above) and some readers who are behind the typical reader (about 250L below). MetaMetrics® has studied the ranges of Lexile reader measures and Lexile text measures at specific grades in an effort to describe the typical Lexile measures of texts and the typical Lexile measures of students of a given grade level. The tables below show the middle 50% of reader measures and text measures for each grade. Typical Reader Measures, by Grade Data for the first column of text measures came from a research study designed to examine collections of textbooks designated for specific grades (MetaMetrics, 2009). Typical Text Measures, by Grade
Literacy in Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects: Scaffolding Levels of Text Complexity (With Discipline-based Texts) Today’s standards in Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects require that students comprehend and analyze complex texts and write arguments or informational papers focused on discipline-specific texts. This one-hour on demand web seminar describes strategies piloted among teams of interdisciplinary teachers, grades 6-12, who implemented reading strategies for complex texts, including primary sources, and facilitated students in conducting research to answer a question, citing evidence to make their claims. Glimpse a few activities that motivated teachers to use geoscience texts that moved from simple graphics (such as a representation of fracking fluids) to a highly scientific article on methane contamination. Discuss the role of a content specialist (geoscientist) in providing context for the readings, understanding the organizational patterns of writing for science, and approaching writing inductively. Expected Outcomes:
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