Draft of the Close Reading Exemplar “Farewell Speech” Now Available

Third and fourth grade teachers in the Core Task implementation Project (CTiP) worked on a grade 4 close reading exemplar matched to Lou Gehrig’s “Farwell Speech.” Cathy Schmidt (Scoop.it! page here) edited the piece and you can find a draft of the work here. If you have any feedback, please share. Teachers are currently piloting the piece and we’ll be posting a final version in the next few weeks. (And if you can get rid of the pesky extra page, please tell us how!)

Educators who worked on the draft included: Jennifer Burmer, Erin Dawson, Naomi Frazier, Sarah Roggensack, Megan Tilton, Mickey Cutler, Sara Davis, Megan Delossantos, Kitty Gillette, Revae Henry, Katrena Kalleres, Clarisse Mayer, Angie Reeder, Troy Reinhardt, and Kate Ferro.

About Aaron Grossman

I am a 5th grade teacher at Roy Gomm Elementary in Reno, Nevada. I started working with elementary students as part of the Montana Reads program and AmeriCorps. In 2001, after graduating from the University of Montana and moving to Reno, Nevada, I student taught at Rita Cannan Elementary before receiving a 6th grade position at Veterans Elementary. I moved out of the classroom to be a Literacy Coordinator, then an Instructional Coach, and finally a School Improvement Program Coordinator. In 2011, I began working on the Nevada Academic Content Standards in the district’s Curriculum & Instruction Department. I returned to the classroom for the 2015-2016 school year to teach 4th grade at Huffaker Elementary. Before returning to the classroom, I helped develop the Core Task Project that has been featured by National Public Radio, the Gates Foundation, American Radio Works, Eduwonk, the Fordham Institute, Vox, and the Center for American Progress. In 2014, I received the Leader to Learn From Award for my teacher-centered initiative and work to bring college, career, and civics ready outcomes into Northern Nevada classrooms (here). In 2015, I was appointed by Governor Sandoval serve on the Statewide RPDP Council. The same year, Nevada’s State Superintendent of Public Instruction Steve Canavero placed me on the state’s State Improvement Team. This year I will be part of the National Council on Teacher Quality’s Teacher Advisory Group. I am Google Certified Educator and a Nevada Teacher Ambassador. I believe strongly that teaching content is teaching reading and I make sure my students have ample opportunities to work with social studies, history, science and art outcomes. I do what I can to blend the learning for my students and this blog is part of that effort. You can contact me at coretaskproject@gmail.com
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