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Common Core ELA Shift Song

Shawn Leer, an Implementation Specialist in Area 5, has written and recorded the following song about the Common Core. Titled, “You Gotta”, Shawn has cleverly managed to describe the instructional shifts and the Instructional Practice Guides (IPG) in lyrical form. … 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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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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School Psychologists Review Shift 1

School district psychologist learned more about the “instructional shifts” with specific attention to shift 1—building a coherent body of knowledge with rich non-fiction text. The videos, which included a review of a MetaMetrics study and a presentation by Robert Pondiscio, … Continue reading

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Award Winning Nonfiction Books

The National Council of Teachers of English through the Committee on the Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children shares an annual award for nonfiction writing. For those looking for quality informational text in the elementary grades, this is … Continue reading

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The impact of CCSS on Instruction

Carol Jago, former president of the National Council of Teachers of English and current AP Literature content advisor for the College Board, shares insights into the Common Core and the impact they will have on instruction. Key points are addressed … Continue reading

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The Role of Fiction and Literature

The role of fiction and literature in the CCSS is addressed in this Huggingtonpost. In this case, some are misreading the standards and concluding that 70% of what is read in an English classroom should be non-fiction. The post makes … Continue reading

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