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Saturday, January 5, 2013

Common core advocates rebut idea that nonfiction replaces literature - courtesy of SmartBrief

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Common Core State Standards supporters are beginning to counter the idea that the new standards will push literature out of the classroom in favor of nonfiction texts, education reporter Catherine Gewertz writes in this blog post. "Contrary to reports, classic literature will not be lost with the implementation of the new standards," reads an e-mail blast from Jeb Bush's Foundation for Excellence in Education. Education Week/Curriculum Matters blog (12/28)

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Why read-alouds matter more in the age of the Common Core Standards - Courtesy of SmartBrief

This is  a great article and can be applied to students of all ages!

                                                                 Text Structures

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                                                                   Text Features 




                                                              Can be taught with read-alouds!
                                                   Don't forget the accompanying think-alouds!

"In addition to getting kids hooked on books, narrative read-alouds are an effortless way to help students acquire the academic language they will need to comprehend informational texts," write ASCD authors William Himmele and PĂ©rsida Himmele. In their ASCD Express article, the Himmeles make the case for carefully chosen read-alouds in a time of Common Core State Standards, emphasizing the crucial role this activity can play in building any student's lexicon "in contexts that are painless and meaningful." Read on.