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ASCD Transitioning to the Common Core State Standards: Making Your Efforts Effective Through a Focus on Text Complexity Demands
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How do the Common Core English language arts standards differ from their ...

How do the Common Core English language arts standards differ from their predecessors? What do they emphasize? What are logical focus points for early implementation? The English and language arts standards depart radically from their predecessors with their insistence on text complexity and close reading skills.

This session, presented by David Liben from Student Achievement Partners, offered a look at various aspects of text complexity: how it is defined by the standards, as well as a range of measurement tools—including some newly developed and tested by the Race to the Text project—and how to use the tools for professional development. The focus on text complexity, close reading, and informational text has clear education implications as well. The presenter will examine some strategic focus areas for literacy instruction and explore ideas for bringing all constituencies to a fuller understanding of the Common Core standards and the features that make text complex.

Subject:
Education
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Lecture
Reading
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
ASCD
OER Commons
Provider Set:
Common Core Reference Collection
Author:
Meredith and David Liben
CCSS Text Selection Toolkit
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Preparing students for lifelong literacy requires their interaction with texts of appropriate ...

Preparing students for lifelong literacy requires their interaction with texts of appropriate type and complexity. This text selection toolkit includes: 1) a Text Selection Guideline that offers educators guidance on selecting appropriate texts for teaching and assessing specific ELA Reading standards and bundles of standards for Grades 3-12; and 2) CCSS Text Suitability Review Form that helps educators analyze specific texts according to the principles in the Guidelines. The review form guides educators through CCSS analysis to determine what instructional purposes texts will support. It also captures analysis, codings, and recommendations in a standardized format to facilitate collaboration across networks of educators.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Reading Informational Text
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Unit of Study
Provider:
Odell Education
OER Commons
Provider Set:
Common Core Reference Collection
The Common Core State Standards: Supporting Districts and Teachers with Text Complexity
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Resources on this site are from a Council of Chief State School ...

Resources on this site are from a Council of Chief State School Officers webinar in which tools and resources to support teachers and districts on text complexity were shared. Resources on the site include: Informational Text Qualitative Rubric; Literary Text Qualitative Rubric; Reader and Task Considerations; Text Complexity - Text Title Chart; Measures of Text Complexity.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Reading Informational Text
Material Type:
Assessment
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
Council of Chief State School Officers
OER Commons
Provider Set:
Common Core Reference Collection
Creating Text Sets for Whole-Class Instruction
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Students are more likely to meet Common Core expectations for reading, writing, ...

Students are more likely to meet Common Core expectations for reading, writing, speaking and listening, and language if they are working with texts on a regular basis. Organizing a curriculum around a series of text sets can provide those opportunities for students. This organization is supported by the PARCC Model Content Frameworks.

Subject:
Speaking and Listening
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
Louisiana Department of Education
OER Commons
Provider Set:
Common Core Reference Collection
Flows of Reading: Engaging With Texts
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While common usage of the word, text, often refers to written or ...

While common usage of the word, text, often refers to written or printed matter, literary and cultural theory extends the term to refer to any coherent set of symbols that transmit meaning to those who know how to read them. In an age where ideas may take many forms and be expressed across different media, texts and reading take on new implications.One goal of the Flows of Reading project is to inspire teachers and students to reflect on what can be considered as reading and what kinds of reading they perform in their everyday lives. Flows of Reading introduces an expanded concept of the term, text, and models a new type of readerĺ䁥ŕone who reads across different media and who understands reading as an activity of sharing, deconstructing, and making meaning.We have created a rich environment designed to encourage close critical engagement not only with Moby-Dick but a range of other texts, including the childrenĺ䁥_s picture book, Flotsam; Harry Potter; Hunger Games; and Lord of the Rings. We want to demonstrate that the bookĺ䁥_s approach can be applied to many different kinds of texts and may revitalize how we teach a diversity of forms of human expression.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Material Type:
Reading
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
OER Commons
USC Annenberg Innovation Lab
Provider Set:
Common Core Reference Collection
Author:
Erin Reilly
Henry Jenkins
Ritesh Mehta
Got Text Complexity?  Selected Literature for Common Core Standards in English Language Arts
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This bibliography was developed to highlight some of the outstanding trade books ...

This bibliography was developed to highlight some of the outstanding trade books published for older children and teens that can be used for the text complexity component of the CCS in grades 6-12.* All of the books have been selected based on their literary quality and other components of qualitative evaluation. Many of the books offer sophisticated narrative structures and other characteristics factored into quantitative evaluation. And the list as a whole offers a wide variety of books reflecting diversity of subject matter and style, allowing for a range of choices in matching reader to text and task.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Literature
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
OER Commons
University of Wisconsin
Provider Set:
Common Core Reference Collection
Author:
Megan Schliesman and Merri V. Lindgren
Implementing the CCSS for Mathematics: CCSS Curriculum Materials Analysis Tools
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This webinar provides an overview of Curriculum Materials Analysis Tools recently developed ...

This webinar provides an overview of Curriculum Materials Analysis Tools recently developed by a committee led by Bill Bush at the University of Louisville. The set of three tools can assist textbook selection committees, school administrators, and K-12 teachers in the selection of curriculum materials that support implementation of the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics. The tools are designed to provide educators with objective measures and information to guide their selection of mathematics curriculum materials based on evidence of the materials' alignment with the CCSSM including the Standards for Mathematical Practice, grade level content, equity, technology, and assessment.

Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Reading
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics
OER Commons
Provider Set:
Common Core Reference Collection
Measures of Text Difficulty: Testing their Predictive Value for Grade Levels  and Student Performance
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The Common Core State Standards draw attention to the need for students ...

The Common Core State Standards draw attention to the need for students to engage with texts of appropriate complexity throughout schooling. This goal requires valid and reliable measures of text complexity that can guide curriculum decisions, assist assessment development, and support the efforts of educational publishers to meet complexity guidelines. This report addresses the extent to which current measures of text complexity meet this requirement.

Material Type:
Reading
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
Council of Chief State School Officers
OER Commons
Provider Set:
Common Core Reference Collection
Measuring Text Complexity
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Rather than focusing exclusively on literacy skills, the Common Core State Standards ...

Rather than focusing exclusively on literacy skills, the Common Core State Standards set expectations for the complexity of texts students need to be able to read to be ready for college and careers.

This resource outlines three steps that will help teachers choose texts that are on grade level for the CCSS.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
OER Commons
Student Achievement Partners
Provider Set:
Common Core Reference Collection
What Does Text Complexity Mean for English Learners and Language Minority Students?
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This paper addresses the implications, for ELLs, of the new standard's requirement ...

This paper addresses the implications, for ELLs, of the new standard's requirement that students be able to read and understand complex, informationally dense texts. The authors discuss the types of supports that learners need in order to work with complex texts. They also provide a sample of what academic discourse involves, using an excerpt from Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Letter from Birmingham Jail. They demonstrate how English learners can be provided with strategies for accessing complex texts, such as closely examining one sentence at a time. The authors argue that instruction must go beyond vocabulary and should begin with an examination of our beliefs about language, literacy and learning.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Language Education (ESL)
Reading Informational Text
Material Type:
Reading
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
Stanford University School of Education
Provider Set:
Understanding Language
Author:
Charles j. Fillmore
Lily Wong Fillmore