W.CCR.9 is a Research Writing Anchor Standard

Common Core W.CCR.9 Explained

All right, we’re almost done pwning these writing anchor standards. And just so we’re clear, pwn is pronounced “pown” which rhymes with own, and it essentially means domination. My little brothers (high schoolers) taught me the meaning of this word on a recent road trip we shared: Now then. Let’s pwn this. W.CCR.9–that’s the 9th College […]

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W.CCR.8 - A Research Anchor Standard in the Common Core

Common Core W.CCR.8 Explained

W.CCR.8–that’s the 8th College and Career Readiness anchor standard within the Writing strand of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for ELA / Literacy–reads as follows: Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, assess the credibility and accuracy of each source, and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism. This standard is the second part of […]

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Common Core W.CCR.7 Explained

W.CCR.7–that’s the 7th College and Career Readiness anchor standard within the Writing strand of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for ELA / Literacy–reads as follows: Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation. This standard is part of a trio of “Research to Build […]

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Common Core W.CCR.6 Explained

W.CCR.6–that’s the 6th College and Career Readiness anchor standard within the Writing strand of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for ELA / Literacy–reads as follows: Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others. Though I often see CCSS alignment synonomized with buying technology, there are actually very […]

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Is the Common Core all about Technology?

At a recent gathering of educators, I heard an individual bragging about his district’s move toward aligning curriculum with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). This is what the educator said (roughly): Our elementary classrooms are all getting iPads. This kind of thinking isn’t unique. I frequently see the CCSS being synonymized with classroom tech. […]

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Common Core W.CCR.5 Explained

W.CCR.5–that’s the 5th College and Career Readiness anchor standard within the Writing strand of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for ELA / Literacy–reads as follows: Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach. An easy way to sum up W.CCR.5 is this: effective writing is so much more […]

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Common Core W.CCR.4 Explained

W.CCR.4–that’s the 4th College and Career Readiness anchor standard within the Writing strand of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for ELA / Literacy–reads as follows: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. To me, W.CCR.4 is all about the brain of writing itself; it’s […]

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Common Core W.CCR.3 Explained

W.CCR.3–that’s the 3rd College and Career Readiness anchor standard within the Writing strand of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for ELA / Literacy–reads as follows: Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences. This is the final mode of writing within the big three (the […]

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Why I Moved to TeachingtheCore.com

Hello readers of TeachingtheCore.wordpress.com — welcome to the same exact site, minus the “.wordpress” part! Since starting Teaching the Core back in the spring, I’ve wanted to make the site a place where I could learn alongside likeminded educators about both the Common Core State Standards and teaching in general. After only a few short […]

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7 Great Common Core Resources for History AND ELA Teachers

I just added and annotated 7 great resources for both US and world history teachers in the Resources page of Teaching the Core.  (For the sake of convenience, I’ve copied the list of resources below.) These books weren’t written specifically with the Common Core in mind, but they all offer bountiful tie-ins to numerous CCR […]

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Does the Common Core Allow for Creative Writing?

If you’re an ELA teacher, all of this talk about THE three forms of writing in the Common Core State Standards (argumentative, informative/explanatory, and narrative) and about the importance of college/career readiness might be a bit unnerving. After all, where is the love for the creative writing that led many of us (including me) to […]

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