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7th Grade Visual Art- NCAS Unpacking Template

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The purpose of this template is to allow the user to unpack the 7th grade visual art National Core Arts Standards (NCAS) into task-specific or task-neutral learning targets that then can be used during instruction and/or within an assessment tool like a rubric. The Unpacking Process: 1. Take a look at the performance standard (7th grade) and pull out the nouns, or what students need to know. 2. Next pull out what students need to be able to do (the verbs). 3. Write learning targets or I can statements. When writing ask yourself, “What does this look like in student work?”

Material Type: Assessment, Full Course, Homework/Assignment, Lesson Plan, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Author: Emily Titterton

Blank Unpacking NCAS Template

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The purpose of this template is to allow the user to unpack the National Core Arts Standards into task-specific or task-neutral learning targets that then can be used during instruction and/or within an assessment tool like a rubric. The Unpacking Process: 1. Take a look at the performance standard* and pull out the nouns, or what students need to know. 2. Next pull out what students need to be able to do (the verbs). 3. Write learning targets or I can statements. When writing ask yourself, “What does this look like in student work?” *Grade level Performance Standards or Indicators will need to be added to the template prior to the first step. This is a blank template.

Material Type: Assessment, Full Course, Homework/Assignment, Student Guide, Syllabus, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Author: Emily Titterton

VA:Pr6.1.HSI-- Art Evidence Choice Matrix

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Evidence Choice Matrix HS Proficient Performance Standard VA:Pr6.1.HSI - Analyze and describe the impact that an exhibition or collection has on personal awareness of social, cultural, or political beliefs and understandings. This matrix can be used to provide students with some options as to the ways in which they can provide evidence of learning toward a grade level standard in art.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Assessment, Homework/Assignment

Author: Emily Titterton

Comic Creator

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The Comic Creator invites students to compose their own comic strips for a variety of contexts (prewriting, pre- and postreading activities, response to literature, and so on).

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Interactive

School Library Learning 2.0

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Welcome to School Library Learning 2.0. This tutorial is brought to you by the California School Library Association (CSLA) 2.0 Team. You will learn the tools of the new Internet: Web 2.0 tools that are bringing our kids in touch with the entire world through social networking, wikis, video, podcasting, and gaming sites. The exercises give you the background you need to understand the tools you're learning about.

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Author: Helene Blowers

Book Cover Guide

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Explore the parts of book covers and dust jackets with this online guide, designed to to allow users to review the content that appears on each portion of these artifacts.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Interactive

Essay Map

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The Essay Map is an interactive graphic organizer that enables students to organize and outline their ideas for an informational, definitional, or descriptive essay.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Interactive

Breaking the Rules with Sentence Fragments

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Though teachers usually caution students against using sentence fragments, Edgar Schuster's work demonstrates that professional writers often use fragments effectively. This lesson helps students understand that there are reasons that they can and should use sentence fragments to become effective writers.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Lesson Plan

Digital Citizenship by J. Beck & T. Combs (41.WCS)

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Students explore multiple forms of digital etiquette and citizenship. They research current events based around digital concerns and innovations. Eventually, they apply that knowledge to their own lives and use of technology to develop 5 top guidelines for digital device usage for their peers. Students share their presentations and projects in an exhibit-style venue. Using a survey, students vote for their top choices, eventually selecting one choice to implement.Standards:CCSS English Language Arts (Grade 8)Ohio Standards for Technology 

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Authors: Cathryn Chellis, Blended Learning Teacher Practice Network

Communicating About Continents

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In this seminar you will learn about the large land masses that cover planet Earth. We call these land masses continents. You will learn the names and locations of each continent. By the end of this seminar, you will be able to construct a map of the 7 continents.Standards7.1.4.B Describe and locate places and regions as defined by physical and human features.

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Authors: Bonnie Waltz, Tracy Rains, Deanna Mayers

Rockin Russian

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Rockin Russian is designed to give students exposure to the Russian language and culture through the medium of Russian music videos. Students are able to perfect their grammar while rocking out to music videos from Russia's pop stars. Based on Russian music videos from MTV Russia, Rockin' Russian is supplemented with exercise materials focusing on pronunciation, vocabulary development, grammar and cultural features. Parts of the videos are embedded into exercises in each category that students can revisit, strengthening their language skills.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Assessment, Homework/Assignment, Syllabus

Author: Garza, Thomas J.

Bio Cube

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Bio Cube is a useful summarizing tool that helps students identify and list key elements about a person for a biography or autobiography.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Interactive

Into the Book

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The "Into the Book" web site is designed to help elementary students practice eight reading comprehension strategies through playful interactive activities. The site focuses on eight research-based strategies: Using Prior Knowledge, Making Connections, Questioning, Visualizing, Inferring, Summarizing, Evaluating and Synthesizing. "Behind the Lesson," the teacher area of the site, provides information, lesson plans and other resources for teachers.

Material Type: Assessment, Interactive, Lesson Plan, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Author: Wisconsin Media Lab

Ethics, Equity, and Critical Information Literacy in the School Library

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While school librarians typically are well exposed to issues surrounding censorship and selection, less attention is paid to the ethics of librarianship and how those play out in the specialized context of school libraries. Attention to the ALA Code of Ethics and the ALA Bill of Rights set the foundation for careful reflection on the role of the school librarian, particularly in relation to the role of libraries in a democratic society.Issues of equity are [inherent] in library service and attention to the dimensions of meaning and implications of the word “equity” is warranted. This module situates equity in the context of educational equity, and the alignment of libraries as gateways to opportunity and education as the pathway to opportunity. School librarians may or may not have opportunities to explore the contexts of “intellectual freedom” in relation to equity.The codification of information literacy in the American Library Association Presidential Committee on Information Literacy Final Report in 1989 paved the way for information literacy to “become the predominant way to frame the educational role of libraries and librarians.” (Seale, 2013, “The Neoliberal Library” in Gregory and Higgins) As such, inquiring into the complexities and nuances of intellectual freedom and equal access to information is essential to understanding the school librarian’s role and responsibilities.Library and school library publications are increasingly recognizing the relevance of social justice to librarianship, as evidenced by a survey of library journals this past year. (example: “Equality vs. Equity” theme, Knowledge Quest, Volume 45, No. 3, January/February, 2017; “Social Justice Symposium” by Erin Hooper in VOYA, June 2017) Recognizing the power of the librarians to not only hold space for critical discourse but to also impact the shape and tenor of that discourse is the first step to fully owning the responsibility that comes with that power.A particularly relevant and useful resource is Information Literacy and Social Justice: Radical Professional Praxis, edited by Lua Gregory and Shana Higgins, Library Juice Press, 2013Learning Objectives:Participants will model, coach, and support "efficient and ethical information-seeking behavior"  (Standard 3: Information & Knowledge 3.1)Participants will support flexible, open access for library services and model and communicate the legal and ethical codes of the profession. (Standard 3: Information & Knowledge 3.2)Participants practice the ethical principles of their profession, advocate for intellectual freedom and privacy, and promote and model digital citizenship and responsibility. (Standard 5: Program Management and Administration 5.2)Participants will understand, model, and share how open education practice brings a transformative shift from a proprietary and industrial education model to a participatory education model. (ISKME: Leadership and Advocacy - Advancing Open Practice) 

Material Type: Module

Author: Kim Carter

Leadership Essentials: School Librarians and OER - How will you lead your school? Making the Leap.

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The School Librarian Program at Granite State College is based on the foundational belief that school librarians are essential, integral and transformational leaders.  The program focuses on preparing school librarians as catalysts for school change and learning for the digital age.  In addition to developing the requisite skill sets and knowledge base needed to perform at top levels, there is a focus on the development of dispositions and attitudes such as initiative, creativity, self-direction, resilience, flexibility and intellectual curiosity which are crucial in assisting learning communities to engage in continuous improvement, innovation and reflective practice.  The program emphasizes the convergence of these dispositions,  skills, knowledge and understandings in order for candidates to achieve and succeed with a strategic plan for schools to ramp up and redesign school library media programs to provide the requisite, robust environment and intentional opportunities for meaningful student engagement with content, ideas, information and technology.This module is intended to be completed over the course of a 12-week semester and is designed to develop understanding about becoming a more effective school library leader within the evolving contexts of the digital age – especially related to the assessment of leadership dispositions and competencies needed to ramp up and redesign school library programs to provide the robust, flexible environments and intentional opportunities for meaningful student and teacher engagement with OER content, ideas, information and technology. The module addresses five areas of focus — preparation (2 weeks), planning (2 weeks), organizational strategy and change (3 weeks), transformational learning (3 weeks) and reflection/synthesis (2 week).

Material Type: Module

Author: Susan Ballard