Category Archives: Content Knowledge

The Arts and the Common Core State Standards

By serendipitous luck, I found the following blog that focuses on art outcomes in the elementary grades. Author Meg Riley, apart from having students engage in the production of art works, annotates how she connects a lesson to history, aesthetics, and criticism. It … Continue reading

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Coherent Body of Knowledge Presentation Materials

Educators gathered to review the research and the opinions that have helped inform Washoe’s decision to focus on building a coherent body of knowledge using rich non-fiction. This included editorials by Deborah Meiers and Robert Pondiscio, research by cognitive psychologist … Continue reading

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A Closer Look at Text Complexity and Using Rich Nonfiction

The Melton Elementary staff reviewed evidence describing why all students should be working with complex texts and rich nonfiction. This included looking at the MetaMetrics study on Lexiles and Dr. Tim Shanahan’s review of the ACT study, “Reading Between the … Continue reading

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OSP Review of Core Knowledge Implementation

The Office of School Performance reviewed the current implementation of Core Knowledge. The 15-minute presentation focused on current supports and conditions for success. You can review the PowerPoint that was shared here.

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110 Core Knowledge Teacher Created Supplements Added to 63000resources.com

If you are implementing Core Knowledge, consider visiting the Core Knowledge section, from the ELA tab, at http://www.63000resources.com. These are the resources currently in the Edmodo group but feedback, from Core Task implementation Project sessions, consistently included a request to … Continue reading

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Broad Knowledge Drives Literacy

In a piece (here) included in the The Herff Jones Achievement Series, the case is made for how a “broad academic knowledge base” leads to strong literacy development. To make the point, the following example is shared: If a hunter … Continue reading

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Free Resources to Build Foundational Skills and Content Knowledge

Finding materials that are free, vetted, and well-matched to the Common Core is a popular request. One set of free resources, that build content knowledge (shift 1) while simultaneously addressing foundational skills are the Beginning Reads, from http://www.textproject.org. There are … Continue reading

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