Monthly Archives: September 2012

Approaches to the Common Core: ARGUMENT VS. EVIDENCE, Step 6*

We now resume our Big Picture discussion of ways to use argument and evidence.  Remember, Step 5 was “Generate your own questions that warrant research and debate.”  In Step 6, we move dramatically further down this road: “Generate your own questions, … Continue reading

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Approaches to the Common Core: SHIFTS IN WRITING INSTRUCTION

Every once in a while, someone writes something that I wish I had written.  In this case, it’s a piece by Peg Tyre in The Atlantic about how the teachers at New Dorp High School changed their writing instruction and … Continue reading

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We Just Downloaded Our NJ ASK Results: NOW WHAT?

School leaders in NJ have just received access to more complete NJ ASK results for their students, and no doubt many are trying to make sense of this information.  It’s a bit of a Good-News-Bad-News-Good-News scenario.  The Good News is … Continue reading

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Approaches to the Common Core: ARGUMENT VS. EVIDENCE, Step 5*

If you’ve been following our ongoing “Argument vs. Evidence” series, you already know that Step 5 is “Generate your own questions that warrant research and debate.”  In other words, students need to learn how to ask their own research- and debate-worthy … Continue reading

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Approaches to the Common Core: ARGUMENT VS. EVIDENCE, Step 4

By the end of our previous post, I hope you noticed that we have reached a point where it becomes clear how reading and writing are two sides of the same coin.  You need to be able to identify topic … Continue reading

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Approaches to the Common Core: ARGUMENT VS. EVIDENCE, Step 3

Once students have had some practice in distinguishing between argument and evidence and in matching arguments with RELEVANT evidence, you can move on to Step 3: Given arguments, students must support them with their own relevant evidence and explanation. Although students … Continue reading

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Approaches to the Common Core: ARGUMENT VS. EVIDENCE, Step 2*

In the previous post, we looked at how to teach students to distinguish between argument and evidence.  In Step 2, when given a list of statements, students must identify arguments and their relevant evidence.  Though this may sound easy and … Continue reading

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Approaches to the Common Core: ARGUMENT VS. EVIDENCE, Step 1*

As noted in my previous post (ARGUMENT VS. EVIDENCE, THE BIG PICTURE), Step 1 is to ensure that when given a list of statements, students can distinguish the arguments from examples of evidence. First, it’s important to clarify that in this … Continue reading

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