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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Common Core W.CCR.2 Explained

W.CCR.2–that’s the 2nd College/Career Readiness anchor standard within the Writing strand of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for ELA / Literacy–reads as follows: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content. As far as importance goes, informative/explanatory writing is a […]

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8 Reasons I Embrace Arguments in my Classroom

While writing yesterday’s post about the first writing anchor standard (W.CCR.1), I began to list some reasons why arguments really were a highlight of my past school year’s English and world history classes. I didn’t think I’d do anything with the list so soon… . Until today. While I was outside in the driveway cutting […]

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Common Core W.CCR.1 Explained

W.CCR.1–that’s the 1st College/Career Readiness anchor standard within the Writing strand of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for ELA / Literacy–reads as follows: Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence. Before exploring the actual standard, let’s discuss the “specialness” of argument […]

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What Texts does the Common Core REQUIRE Students to Read?

Although the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are rife with suggested texts and text types, there are several parenthetical remarks within the grade-specific reading standards that aren’t examples; they are to be included. Required titles RI.11-12.9 — that is, the ninth standard within the Reading Informational texts strand for grades 11 and 12 — is an example of what I’m talking about: Analyze […]

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Common Core R.CCR.10 Explained

R.CCR.10–that’s the tenth (and final!) College/Career Readiness anchor standard within the Reading strand of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for ELA / Literacy–reads as follows: Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently. All right, let’s dive into this bad boy. It’s all about complex texts Grade-appropriate text complexity is a linchpin […]

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