Tag Archives: Text Complexity

Presentation Materials from Bay Area CCSS Summit

As part of the Third Annual San Francisco Bay Area Common Core State Standards Summit, convened by the Contra Costa County Office of Education, educators worked through research and materials match to the CCSS and vetted through Washoe’s Core Task … Continue reading

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Common Core Learning Modules

We have gotten a lot of requests for the learning modules, matched to the Common Core and the Instructional Shifts, that were developed last summer. You can access them, if you have an Edmodo account, here. (If you do not … Continue reading

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Integrating Fluency and Syntax Instruction with Complex Text

In the video linked here, Dr. Timothy Shanahan describes the value of students developing fluency with “hard” text and its syntax. Although the video is short, it is includes a lot of good information including a short lesson demonstration of … Continue reading

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CTiP Year 2 Begins with a Close Look at Core Action 1

Elementary schools, that finished the first year of the Core Task implementation Project, started year 2 of this professional learning experience. The focus, of the first of four sessions, was on Core Action 1 from the Instructional Practice Guides. Educators … Continue reading

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The Limitations of Using Readability Scores

Relying on the quantitative features of text complexity can be limiting and misleading. This is nicely demonstrated in a video posted by Montgomery County Public Schools (here) in which viewers learn how changing two words in a passage lowers the … Continue reading

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Text Complexity and the Common Core

MetaMetrics recorded a webinar on Valentines describing the importance of text complexity and the Common Core. Specific topics that may interest readers have been marked below. Minute 6:45 The Crisis of Text Complexity High school textbooks have declined in all … Continue reading

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Finishing the Labor of Understanding before Talking Back

In a piece for Educational Leadership, professor of English Mark Bauerlein describes the importance of text complexity and the dispositions students will need if they are going to be successful with this outcome.  These include A Willingness to Probe The … Continue reading

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