Category Archives: Genre

How to Pace PARCC Writing Preparation

Regardless of how one might feel about the PARCC assessments, they are a reality many of us must confront. To this end, I have some suggestions for how to prepare students efficiently and effectively for the PARCC ELA writing tasks. … Continue reading

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PARCC ELA Prep Checklist

As a former high school English teacher who loves literature and loves to write, I do not believe in doing test prep 24/7. I believe tests are a genre, the same way that drama is a genre and poetry is … 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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PARCC Prep: How to Approach the Narrative Writing Task

While some folks might gloss over preparation for the PARCC Narrative Writing Task (thinking perhaps, Students know the elements of short stories and they know how to write a story; this should be relatively easy for them), this task is … Continue reading

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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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Approaches to the Common Core: MORE THOUGHTS ON ANNOTATION

My previous entry on annotation may have oversimplified things.  Although annotation is important, that doesn’t mean it’s EASY.  Students often struggle with it, for several reasons which we need to address: We fail to establish the rationale for annotating.  In … Continue reading

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Approaches to the Common Core: OUTLINING YOUR FIRST UNIT

If you have done the work of paraphrasing the RIT standards and brainstorming on ways to teach them (and assuming you don’t have a curriculum that is already aligned, which is true for most people), start mapping out your first … Continue reading

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