Tag Archives: Main Idea

Another Helpful Reading Resource: Smithsonian TweenTribune

If you are looking for more resources to support nonfiction reading, The Smithsonian TweenTribune is a FREE online educational service offered by the Smithsonian for use by K-12 grade teachers and students. TTribune consists of daily news sites for kids, … Continue reading

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Professional Development Ideas to Support Literacy Instruction

This has been a particularly challenging year in our field. As teachers and school leaders continue to wrestle with how best to prepare students to meet and exceed the Common Core Standards, I would like to humbly submit some professional … Continue reading

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Common Core and PARCC Prep: More Reading Resources!

One of our biggest challenges in preparing students to meet and exceed the ELA Common Core Standards is finding appropriate texts as we revise curriculum. Here are two more Websites that offer helpful resources: Achievethecore.org is “full of free content … Continue reading

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COMMON CORE READING: Another Great Resource for Nonfiction Texts!

If you haven’t seen it yet, Newsela.com is a great resource for nonfiction texts (and quizzes). It’s FREE and it presents articles on a range of topics: War and Peace Science Kids Money Law Health Arts Sports You can filter … Continue reading

Posted in Comprehension, Curriculum, ELA Common Core Standards, Lesson-planning, Main Idea, Nonfiction, PARCC, Reading, Reading Informational Text, Resources, Test Prep, Text Selection, Unit-planning | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Annotation, Argument, Assessment(s), DBQ Approach, ELA Common Core Standards, Evidence, Explanation, Genre, Main Idea, Media Literacy, Nonfiction, PARCC, Research Writing, Resources, Rubrics, Skimming, Test Prep, Thesis Statements, Topic Sentences, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 13 Comments

OUTLINING YOUR FIRST UNIT

Recently I received an Email message from a reader who wanted to know what to include in an “ideal” first unit. In my new book, Literacy and the Common Core, I offer a sample 5th-grade unit that can be adapted … Continue reading

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FREE Workshop on “Connecting Reading, Writing, and Test-Prep Instruction”!

If you live in Northern New Jersey or New York City, you might want to attend the free workshop I will present at the Springfield (NJ) Barnes & Noble, on April 17, from 5:00-7:00pm.  The topic is “Connecting Reading, Writing, … Continue reading

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Punchy Insights, or How to Avoid Writing Like a Robot*

If you think about why we READ books, magazines, newspapers—really, anything other than a grocery list—it’s because we want to learn something.  We want to understand something we didn’t grasp before, or we want to know more about something, know … Continue reading

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APPROACHES TO THE COMMON CORE: Quadrant Analysis as a Way to Boost Comprehension

They say a picture is worth a thousand words.  They should also add, “And it’s a great way for students to practice comprehension skills, build background knowledge, and become inspired through inquiry.”  If you’re looking for a simple, straightforward, fun … Continue reading

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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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