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11 Tips on Teaching Common Core Critical Vocabulary

11 Tips on Teaching Common Core Critical Vocabulary
Teaching vocabulary within the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) is an essential component of standards-based curriculum alignment. Making the critical words second nature to our students will enhance achievement on assessments and will be useful in college and career. To process and store the academic vocabulary of the standards, our students’ brains require an efficient automatic memory system. Following are 11 strategies, supported by education and memory research, for teaching critical CCSS words while keeping the cognitive verbs in mind: analyze, evaluate, compare, delineate, etc. Identifying the Best Words to Teach Find out which words are "your" words. Teach the words in the order they are presented in the CCSS. Vocabulary Exercises Supported by Educational and Memory Research Introduce a word and determine a definition or description with your students. How do you identify and teach vocabulary? Notes 1Payne, R. (2009). Related:  youggy504common core

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Activity 1 Writeup Common Core in Action: Writing for an Audience What is new and different in the Common Core? When it comes to the writing standards, a heavy emphasis on audience for one thing, and this is very good news. The "audience" for student writing was once the lone teacher sitting after school with her cup of coffee, a red pen, and a stack of essays or other writing projects. And sadly, she might have been the only one, besides the student writers, that ever read them! Let's take a look at the Common Core Anchor Standard in Writing that highlights audience. CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.4: Produces clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. When asked, many kids, and even adults, might tell you the main difference between "school" writing and real-life writing is that the latter has an audience and the other does not. Keeping It Real Back to anchor writing standard 4. So let's consider then some ways to engage students in real-life writing, starting in second grade:

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Activity 2 Writeup Easy Ways to Improve Grammar and Writing Skills One of my frustrations as a junior high teacher is using classroom time to work on basic grammar skills. With NoRedInk, I can set up practice lessons for students specific to the needs I’ve pre-assessed. I can target certain skills for either the whole class or specific students. Students can then work on them at home or when time allows. Students can personalize the sentences by choosing topics of interest. If they miss something, NoRedInk will provide second-chances and tutorials. A teacher developed this site, and it is continually growing and improving. If you are a tablet user, consider Tap to Learn’s Grammar App HD (99¢), with over 200 tutorials and 1000 questions. CC Connection: Sites and applications such as these will allow students to address and master the ELA standards in Language, specifically Conventions of Standard English1.

Graphic Organizers for Content Instruction One of our roles as ESL and bilingual specialists is to encourage mainstream teachers to employ teaching techniques which make content area information more accessible to second language learners. Content materials present text which is too dense for ELLs. Teach your students to use graphic organizers such as webs, Venn diagrams, and charts to help them better comprehend these texts. These are visual tools that help ELLs understand and organize information. They are like mind maps which promote active learning. One of our goals in teaching our English language learners is to help them summarize and interpret text. Download the PDF files listed below or try a customized graphic organizer at

Activity 3: Action ABC's: Learning Vocabulary With Verbs 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. More Teacher Resources by Grade Your students can save their work with Student Interactives. More Home › Classroom Resources › Lesson Plans Lesson Plan Student Objectives Session 1 Session 2 Session 3 Session 4 Extensions Student Assessment/Reflections Students will Gain or review knowledge of parts of speech by defining what verbs areAccess and expand their existing vocabulary by listing verbs for each letter of the alphabetApply their vocabulary and knowledge of parts of speech by using verbs in sentences that they then illustrate back to top Session 1 Session 2 Session 3 Session 4

Talking to Parents About the Common Core For K-12 educators, “back to school” means not only back to the classroom and students, but also back to the questions and concerns of parents. Educators in states adopting the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS) may encounter questions, apprehension, or even skepticism from parents about the new standards. Above all, parents will want to know how the new Common Core standards will impact their children. To help educators answer parent inquires, we’ve compiled a list of eight probable questions and potential answers to help you discuss the Common Core State Standards with parents. 1. Often, parents think educational standards are the same as curriculum; they may be concerned that standards dictate exactly what is taught and how it is taught every day. Educational standards are important because they provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn and know. 2. 3. 4. Check out one of my previous posts for more details on these consortia. 5. 6. 7. 8.

adv-freqbg Activity 3 Writeup 5 Online Tools That Help You Align Lessons to Common Core Standards Common Core, love it or hate it, if you're teaching in the United States there is a good chance that you'll have to work with it. If that describes you, take a look at these five tools that can help you create lessons aligned to Common Core standards. Teaching Objects is an online lesson planner that enables you to pull materials from your Google Drive and YouTube accounts into your lesson plans. As you write your lesson plans and organize your materials in your Teaching Objects account you can search for an identify the Common Core standards that align to each of your lesson plans. (To use Teaching Objects you do have to have a Google Account). Alchemy SmartBinder is a free service for creating, organizing, and sharing lessons. Common Curriculum is an online lesson planning resource that aims to help you align your lessons to Common Core standards. OpenEd is a site that claims to be the world's largest educational resource catalog.

These site has great tips on how to introduce CCSS words. It is very helpful, especially for new teachers. by jschweikardt Nov 3

This site has great tips for help in teaching the critical CCSS words. It will help teachers keep the cognitive verbs in mind: analyze, evaluate, compare, delineate, etc. along with activities to help you do it. by vickiekwiecinski Jul 6