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Beyond the Common Core Standards

As I mentioned in the first post on Teaching the Core, I’ve never been a fan of teaching standards; in fact, “standards” is a word that I happily deleted from the Tagxedo word cloud that I created out of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) ELA & Literacy document. A ton of things attracted me to becoming […]

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R.CCR.3 Common Core State Standards in reading

Common Core R.CCR.3 Explained

R.CCR.3 — unabbreviated, that’s the third College/Career Readiness anchor standard within the Reading strand of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for ELA/Literacy — reads as follows: Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text. Within this standard, I see a lot of questions we could ask […]

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The 2nd CCSS reading anchor standard is about central themes

Common Core R.CCR.2 Explained

R.CCR.2 — or, in regular people’s language, the second College/Career Readiness anchor standard within the Reading strand of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for ELA/Literacy — reads as follows: Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas Within this standard, I see several skills. […]

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R.CCR.1 Common Core State Standards anchor standard in reading is about close reading

Common Core R.CCR.1 Explained

R.CCR.1 — or, in regular people’s language, the first College/Career Readiness anchor standard within the Reading strand of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for ELA/Literacy — reads as follows: Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions […]

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What’s the Big Deal about Text Complexity?

In case you haven’t noticed, the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for ELA and Content Area Literacy place a heavy emphasis on text complexity (R.CCR.10). In short, the developers of the CCSS believe that college and career ready (CCR) students are able to read and make use of complex texts independently. Why the Obsession with […]

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5 Principles in Developing the Common Core

If you’re wondering how the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) were developed, this YouTube video featuring David Coleman begins to answer the question. It does not go into great depth, but it does provide some interesting food for thought. Principle #1: College-and-Career Readiness (CCR) When students aren’t ready for college-level work, colleges place them in […]

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3 Ways to Start Implementing the Common Core Today

It’s not fun to learn that you’ll soon be expected to transform your curriculum to align with a 66-page document that you had no part in creating. And, although the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are a lot less unwieldy than the state standards I’ve taught under so far in my career, that doesn’t mean […]

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