Category Archives: Text-Dependent Questions

Teaching Annotation

Annotation seems to be a popular subject judging from the email I received asking for direction with this instructional approach. The following might help. In an article that appeared in The Reading Teacher, Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey describe a … Continue reading

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Anthology Alignment Project Update

If you haven’t signed up for the Anthology Alignment Project, and you work in grades 6th through 10th, it is worth a look. As the project leaders note, the AAP is a free “library of revised lessons for common Anthologies (6th-10th grades), each … Continue reading

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Sharing the Common Core with Parents

The World of Inquiry School has posted a video (here) of site educators moving parents through the Common Core State Standards. They start with having parents discuss page 7 of the introduction and then review two key learning targets: 1) … Continue reading

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Over 30 New Social Studies Close Reading Examples Available

Social studies teachers, Implementation Specialists, and personnel within Curriculum & Instruction have spent the last year creating, editing, vetting, and reediting close reading examples that match the expectations of the Common Core. You can access them on Edmodo using this … Continue reading

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Evidence Guides for CCSS Implementation

At the April 19th Administrative and Supervisory Meeting, district leaders explored the CCSS Guides for Planning and Practice. Developed by Student Achievement Partners, the guides aim “to provide concrete examples of what the Common Core State Standards for English Language … Continue reading

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A Parents Guide to the Instructional Shifts

In a piece for his blog View out the windshield, Geoff Belleau outlines the “instructional shifts” and the implications for parents. He notes that there is a lot of advice for teachers but not enough for caregivers. Consequently, he takes … Continue reading

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New Close Reading Exemplar Added

We completed a close reading exemplar for the poem, “The Story of Fidgety Philip” by Heinrich Hoffman. We have it fitted for the 3rd grade level. Some see the poem, written in 1845, as one of the first documentations of … Continue reading

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