Tag Archives: Hiebert

Vocabulary and Complex Texts

Dr. Freddy Hiebert, in a video webinar posted here, explains the importance of vocabulary in determining the complexity of text. Hiebert notes that ten percent of the words in text are considered complex with text, used to inform, having a … Continue reading

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Increasing Students’ Engagement with Complex Texts

If you have been looking for informational texts for elementary students, the following free resource might help. FYI for Kids is a collection of magazine articles to increases “students’ engagement and proficiency with complex text.” The digital collection features a menu … Continue reading

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How “Integration” Makes these Standards Different

Common Core State Standards work team member and CEO of http://www.textproject.org Dr. Elfrieda Hiebert takes two minutes, in the video here, to address the integration of CCSS into classroom practice. She describes a key difference between the CCSS and state … Continue reading

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In 77 Seconds: Accessible vs. Dumbed-Down Text

Dr. Freddy Hiebert takes literally 77 seconds to compare accessible and dumbed-down text. She notes that dumbed-down text relies on short sentences, bizarre topics , and phonetically regular words. This is contrasted with assessable text that Hiebert defines as complex … Continue reading

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Insights about the CCSS

In the December/January issue of Educational Leadership, educational experts share their opinions about the Common Core (graphic). Among the insights: The Common Core movement is not a reversal of NCLB, but the next step on a journey toward close, critical … Continue reading

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Text Complexity: 7 Actions to Take Right Now

Through the following webinar (here), Dr. Freddy Hiebert, researcher and member of the Common Core State Standards advisory committee, outlines seven actions educators can take to engage children with complex text. She draws the listeners’ attention to the consciousness of … Continue reading

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Guidance for the ELA Common Core

The International Reading Association recently released a document entitled “Literacy Implementation Guidance for the ELA Common Core State Standards” (here). The document was created to contend with “confusion” and “conflicting messages” governing the implementation of the CCSS. Among the recommendations: … Continue reading

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