Monthly Archives: October 2014

PARCC Preparation: Tackling the Research Writing Task

In many schools where I work, they have opted to divide the responsibilities for mastering the PARCC writing tasks: the ELA teachers own the narrative and literary analysis tasks; the Social Studies/Science teachers own the research writing tasks. This post … Continue reading

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COMMON CORE READING: A Solid Resource for Texts and Materials!

People often ask me where they can find useful nonfiction and literary texts for use with their students. I am pleased to report that ReadWorks looks like an answer to that question. Here is the link: http://www.readworks.org/rw/about The resources are … Continue reading

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HOW TO PREPARE STUDENTS FOR PARCC WRITING TASKS

If you teach in a state that uses PARCC assessments, then you have probably already reviewed the PARCC Practice Tests, so you know that the writing tasks look like this: 6th grade ELA:LITERARY ANALYSIS TASK: Today, you will read and think … Continue reading

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FREE WORKSHOPS ON UNPACKING THE ELA COMMON CORE STANDARDS!!!

Next week I will be presenting FREE workshops at Barnes & Noble stores in Staten Island (NY), Eatontown (NJ), and Clifton (NJ).  The official title for these workshops is “Transforming Common Core Standards into RPM (Rigorous, Purposeful, Measurable) Units, Lessons, … Continue reading

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