Tools and Insights for Meeting and Exceeding the Common Core Standards Literacy and the Common Core offers K 12 teachers clear guidance on how to design units, lessons, and objectives to meet the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts; it s filled with practical strategies that teachers can use immediately to target key standards; and it describes how to analyze the standards to support instructional planning and curriculum development. This book aims to make life a little easier for everyone teachers, school leaders, parents, and students as we all strive to prepare students for college and the careers they most desire. The book includes practical tools, templates, and rubrics ready to be downloaded and customized to meet your needs. Additional resources may be found on the companion site, www.literacycookbook.com.
Here are just a few of the essential topics addressed: Which standards to start with and how to tackle them How to bridge the gap when students are not on grade level How to engage and support parents How to teach students to write effectively How to translate the standards for actual use Take the recipes in this book, make them your own, and enjoy your new Common Core Master Chef status!
SARAH TANTILLO, author of The Literacy Cookbook: A Practical Guide to Effective Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening Instruction, consults with schools on literacy instruction, curriculum development, data-driven instruction, and school culture-building. She has taught high school English and Humanities in both suburban and urban public schools, including the high-performing North Star Academy Charter School of Newark.
CD Contents ix Acknowledgments xiii About the Author xv Preface:Why I Felt Compelled to Write This Book xvii Introduction: What Problems This Book Attempts to Solve, and How 1 PART ONE Basic Ingredients ONE Strategic Planning to Strengthen Curriculum 7 Strategic Action Planning: How to Make Things Happen 7 How to Keep Track of the Standards 9 Curriculum Resources 11 Endnotes 13 TWO Schoolwide Approaches to Reading 15 What to ConsiderWhen Selecting Texts for K 12 15 Human Resources:The Varsity Reading Coach 18 Strategic Reading andWriting Class 24 Strategic Reading andWriting: Curriculum Overview Map 34 How to Get TwoThousand Students to Fall in Love with Reading 36 Endnotes 41 THREE Bridging the Gap When Students Are Not on Grade Level 45 What You Need to Know about Text Complexity 46 A Strategic Approach 47 How to Engage and Support Parents 49 Low-Hanging Fruit: Classroom Discourse and Vocabulary Instruction 51 Why and How to Maximize Cross-Content Connections 53 AWord to School Leaders 54 Endnotes 55 FOUR Unit Planning 57 The Big Picture 57 Annotated Curriculum Overview Map 60 Sample Curriculum Overview Map 61 Annotated Unit Plan Template 62 Sample ELA Unit Plan 65 From-Units-to-Lessons Logistics 69 Endnotes 71 FIVE Lesson Planning 73 Why Lesson Planning Habits Matter 73 Annotated Lesson Plan Template 74 How to Avoid Kidnapping Your Students: Rigorous, Purposeful, Measurable (RPM) Objectives 76 Objectives and Lesson Planning with the Metaphor of Your Choice 82 Designing Effective Do Nows 84 Using Do Nows to Strengthen the Four Key Critical Reading Skills 85 Some Truths about I Do,We Do, You Do 90 Exit Tickets 92 A Few Thoughts on Homework 93 Endnotes 96 PART TWO Appetizers SIX First Bites of the Common Core 101 Which Standards ShouldWe StartWith? 101 Tasty Morsels for Staff Training 102 Outlining Your First Unit 104 Endnotes 106 SEVEN Close Reading Strategies 107 Quadrant Analysis as aWay to Boost Comprehension 108 Annotation Revisited:Why and HowWe Read 109 The Overlooked Skill of Skimming 111 What Text Dependent Really Means 114 The Most Important Skill You Could Possibly Teach 115 More Bites at Inquiry 124 Endnotes 126 PART THREE Entrees EIGHT Argument versus Evidence: The Big Picture and Six Essential Steps 131 Argument versus Evidence: Step 1 133 Argument versus Evidence: Step 2 135 Argument versus Evidence: Step 3 136 Argument versus Evidence: Step 4 140 Argument versus Evidence: Step 5 142 Argument versus Evidence: Step 6 143 Endnotes 144 NINE Quote Sandwiches 147 The Recipe for Quote Sandwiches 147 Examples and Non-Examples of Quote Sandwiches 148 Drawing a Picture of Context 150 Endnote 151 TEN Open-Ended Response Writing 153 Common Problems and Solutions 153 What Is RACER ? 154 A Handy Open-Ended ResponseWriting Rubric 155 Endnotes 157 ELEVEN Document-Based Questions for One and All 159 Topic-Driven Assignments versus Question-Driven Assignments 159 How andWhy to Take the Document-Based Question Approach 160 Endnote 162 TWELVE How to Translate the ELA Common Core Standards for Actual Use 163 Step 1: Trajectory Analysis 163 Step 2: Unpack Standards and Design Objectives and Activities to MeetThem 166 Step 3: Compare and Contrast Standards for Literature and Informational Text 168 Models of Unpacked Standards: K 2, Grades 3 5, Grades 6 8, and Grades 9 12 170 Endnotes 179 PART FOUR Desserts THIRTEEN Appendix 183 Strategic Reading Time (SRT) Users Manual 184 Trajectory Analysis Charts for Reading Informational Text (RIT) Standards 233 Endnotes 243 Index 245 How to Use the CD 255 How to Use The Literacy CookbookWebsite 257