Monthly Archives: December 2014

Literary Analysis Task: How to Infer Themes from a Text (CCS #2)

While working with teachers on how to prepare students for the PARCC Literary Analysis Writing Task (see my previous blog here), we realized that students were struggling with Common Core Reading Anchor Standard #2: “Determine central ideas or themes of … Continue reading

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PARCC Prep: Literary Analysis Writing Task

[The following post originally appeared in slightly different form on MiddleWeb, on Dec. 16, 2014:] As we all strive to help our students meet and exceed the Common Core Standards, one reality we also have to prepare them for is … Continue reading

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PARCC Prep: How to Unpack Reading Assessment Results

Many schools use interim assessments to track student progress and adjust instruction accordingly. This post offers a process for making sense of the results. Identify any standards where students scored below 65%. Use the RIT/RL Trajectory Analysis Chart(s) on TLC … Continue reading

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PARCC Prep: How and Why to Analyze Reading Questions

Tests are a genre. We don’t have to do test prep 24/7, but we do need to ensure that our students are familiar with that genre. One way to do this with PARCC reading comprehension questions is to analyze the … Continue reading

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User-Friendly PARCC Writing Rubrics!

Fans of this blog know that the most recent version of PARCC writing rubrics emerged on July 29, 2014 and I blogged about them here.  As you may have also noticed, their verbiage is a bit clumsy/wordy.  Today I streamlined … Continue reading

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