Teachers and school leaders have a sense of urgency in understanding and implementing the Common Core. We share the experiences of teachers as they wrestle with new definitions of persuasive writing in the Common Core and build their nonfiction libraries. We include many resources from literacy coaches and school leaders as they bring together teachers to discuss and try out the Common Core in their classrooms. Whether it's one teacher working with a few students, or a district looking to coordinate resources across hundreds of classrooms, we've got the materials you need to figure out how to integrate standards into your work while maintaining the integrity of your beliefs about literacy instruction.
Melanie Meehan finds that a flexible conventions checklist that students develop according to their own needs is the best way to ensure conventions are taught in the context of authentic student work.
Maria Caplin explains how read alouds do double duty in her fifth-grade classroom, as they help build a love for story and help students master key literacy and content area standards.
Kim Campbell suggests activities and prompts to energize narrative writing with teens.
Christy Rush-Levine finds the best way to help her middle school students learn to read closely for literary analysis is through student writing. They begin with analyzing student exemplars from the Common Core, and then move to shared texts as they hone their skills.
Katherine Sokolowski uses a fascinating picture book to build close reading skills with her fifth graders. The key is selecting a text that holds up well through multiple readings.
Christy Rush-Levine makes links between standards, video clips, and close reading.
Christy Rush-Levine finds she has to rethink learning targets for her middle school students if she wants students to pursue complex and lifelong reading goals.
Andrea Smith explains why infographics are more useful than ever in the age of the Common Core, and provides many links to free infographic resources on the web.
Suzy Kaback ponders the precociousness of two kindergarten readers.
Gretchen Schroeder has suggestions for using short texts and close reading to help students comprehend The Lord of the Flies.
Andrea Smith uses Explore Time with her fourth graders to build interest in nonfiction.
Katherine Sokolowski is assigning shorter research projects in her fifth-grade classroom as a way to help students acquire notetaking skills and understand the boundaries of plagiarism.
Propaganda, word clouds, and close reading engage students in Holly Mueller’s sixth-grade class.
Keri Archer writes about the importance of morning message for kindergartners.
This month’s literacy contract for middle school students focuses on nonfiction texts and growing independence in the classroom.
Mary Lee Hahn uses bracketology to help her fifth-grade students explore determining importance in short texts and close reading.
Mary Lee Hahn melds short texts with the Common Core in this first article in a two-part series.
Jeff Anderson concludes his series on explanatory grammar moves by exploring participles, included in the Common Core eighth-grade standard covering the use of verbals.
Linda Karamatic uses texts her second graders already know to build their inferring skills as they construct a chart together.
Megan Ginther and Holly Mueller focus their February Literacy Contracts on dystopias.
Gretchen Schroeder concludes her Shakespeare in the Age of the Common Core Series with activities to explore subtext in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Gretchen Schroeder continues her Shakespeare and the Common Core series on teaching the classics in high school, explaining how she uses Hamlet in creative ways to teach close reading strategies.
Can kindergartners do informational writing? Keri Archer finds the answer is yes, as she applies Common Core standards to inquiry work in her classroom.
Maria Caplin explains four changes she is making in her fifth-grade classroom with writing instruction because of the Common Core.
Gretchen Taylor finds streamlining research check-ins in her middle school classroom is easy to do when she uses a simple online tool to eliminate a mountain of paper.
Gretchen Schroeder launches a three-part series on Shakespeare in the Age of the Common Core. This week’s installment is a fresh take on teaching Macbeth to high school students.
Middle school teachers Megan Ginther and Holly Mueller focus on journeys and quests as the theme of their January Literacy Contracts in the latest installment of their year-long series.
Jeff Anderson continues his Explanatory Grammar Series with a feature on the power of right-branching sentences.
Middle school teachers Megan Ginther and Holly Mueller focus on winter in short texts as the theme of their December Literacy Contracts in the latest installment of their year-long series.
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