Inside the Common Core Classroom Practical ELA Strategies for Grades 6-8

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  • Copyright: 3/11/2014
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An indispensable guide for all who teach in grades six through eight, as well as curriculum directors, reading specialists, literacy coaches, and school administrators, Inside the Common Core Classroom: Practical ELA Strategies for Grades 6-8 is the middle-grade volume of Pearson’s definitive new series on the Common Core State Standards. It provides essential information about the Common Core initiative, insights into the standards, practical classroom strategies, and vignettes from Common Core-aligned classrooms. Real-life instruction examples are included in every chapter, along with a variety of teaching strategies and applications. An interdisciplinary unit on climate change pulls the book together with discipline-specific teaching suggestions, sample lesson plans, an assessment and evaluation plan, a culminating activity, and a rich collection of additional resources.

Author Biography

Ma>is a professor of reading education at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania. She earned her doctorate in reading and language development at Boston University. Prior to her tenure at East Stroudsburg University, Maureen spent fifteen years as a classroom teacher, reading specialist, and department chair in a public school system.


Maureen was a member of the Board of Directors of the International Reading Association from 2005 to 2008, and she served as IRA’s president in 2013–2014. She was the recipient of IRA’s Jerry Johns Outstanding Teacher Educator in Reading Award in 2010. The author of numerous publications about the teaching of reading, reading comprehension, content area literacies, and the Common Core State Standards, Maureen recently published the second editions of Guided Comprehension in the Primary Grades and Guided Comprehension in Grades 38 (coauthored with Mary Beth Allen). In spring 2012, she published Guided Comprehension for English Learners. She is also the author of Content Area Reading: Teaching and Learning in an Age of Multiple Literacies (Allyn & Bacon, 2010) and co-author (with Brenda Overturf) of The Common Core: Teaching Students in Grades K – 5 to Meet the Reading Standards (IRA, 2013), The Common Core: Teaching Students in Grades 6 – 12 to Meet the Reading Standards (IRA, 2013), and The Common Core: Graphic Organizers for Teaching Grade K – 12 Students to Meet the Reading Standards (IRA, 2013).             


A frequent speaker at international, national, and state conferences, Maureen is a consultant to schools and universities throughout the world.

Table of Contents

Brief Table of Contents


Series Overview           Donna Ogle

Chapter 1         The Common Core English Language Arts: Grade 6 – 8

Chapter 2         Reading Comprehension

Chapter 3         Vocabulary

Chapter 4         Text Complexity

Chapter 5         Speaking and Listening

Chapter 6         Writing

Chapter 7         Curriculum

Appendix         Interdisciplinary Unit on Climate Change

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