Common Core State Standards for ELA
District Faculty Meetings
March 13, 2013:
At this meeting, grade levels will have an opportunity to discuss the successes and challenges of the close reading activity that they planned at the February 6th District Faculty Meeting. We will also begin to introduce writing within the Common Core.
The meeting will focus on: 1) reviewing the three types of text included in the CCSS for writing, 2) discussing the importance of writing fluency (grades 1-6) and 3) planning a writing activity.
Copies of the agendas for the meeting can be found below:
February 13, 2013 :
At the meeting, grade levels had an opportunity to discuss the successes and challenges of the close reading activity that they planned at the January 9th District Faculty Meeting. The meeting will focus on: 1) revisiting/clarifying the concept of text complexity, 2) reviewing the alignment of text dependent questions with the complex parts of the text to support students' comprehension and 3) introducing annotation strategies.
The agenda for the meeting can be downloaded here. Handouts for the meeting can be found on this page (right hand column)
January 9, 2013 :
At the meeting, grade levels had an opportunity to discuss the successes and challenges of the close reading activity that they planned at the December 12th District Faculty Meeting. Grade levels also had a chance to plan for the next close reading activity.
Handouts and reference material for the meeting can be found on this page (right hand column). The agenda for the meeting can be downloaded here.
December 12, 2012:
At this meeting, grade levels met to review and plan for a close reading activity using a text that you will be using with your students within the next few weeks. Handouts for the meeting can be found on this page (right hand column).
Follow-Up: Close Reading
At our November site faculty meeting, K-6 teachers viewed video segments of lessons structured around close reading:
To access the video segments, go to the America Achieves Common Core website. To view these videos and others available on the website, you can sign-up for an account.
CCSS ELA Workshop
Teachers in grade level clusters (K-1, 2-3, 4-8) participated in the CCSS ELA Workshop on November 1 and 2, 2012. The workshop focused on text complexity and text dependent questions. The sessions were designed to:
The video segment below from the Doug Fisher and Nancy Frey YouTube Channel shows a teacher introducing "Power Writing" as an instructional routine with her students.
You can download the presentation slides from the CCSS ELA Workshop and follow-up sessions below.
Text-Dependent Questions with Kindergarten Examples
Writing within Common Core
Qualitative Features of Text Complexity
Rubric for Determining Text Complexity
Qualitative Values (graphic)
Text Dependent Questions:
Progression of Text Dependent Questions
Text Dependent Questions Handout
Brief Guide to Creating Text Dependent Questions
Long Guide to Creating Questions for Close Analytic Reading
A Primer on Close Reading
Close Reading in the Primary Grades
Basal Alignment Project Lesson for James Forten (Fifth Grade)