Common Core English Language Arts in a Plc at Work: Grades 3-5

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  • Copyright: 2012-10-18
  • Publisher: Solution Tree

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The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are part of a decades-long state-led initiative to establish the fundamental educational learning targets that ensure all students are college and career ready in the 21st century. Common Core English Language Arts in a PLC at Work┐, Grades 3┐5 provides strategies and tips for 3┐5 teachers to integrate the Common Core State Standards for English language arts in their instruction, curriculum, assessment, and intervention practices. Additionally, authors Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey detail how to implement the CCSS within a powerful collaborative model: Professional Learning Communities at Work┐ (PLCs). Using critical chapter-opening questions to guide the discussion, the authors effectively demonstrate how 3┐5 teachers can use the CCSS to optimize student learning. Chapter 1 highlights the history of the CCSS and traditional teaching practices. Chapter 2 illustrates how to focus on reading┐how to analyze the Reading standards, examine and assess texts, and use foundational instructional strategies. Chapter 3 discusses instructional techniques to implement the Writing standards in regard to the three major writing types: narrative, informational, and persuasive. Chapter 4 explores how to implement the Speaking and Listening and Language standards in regard to producing academic language and vocabulary. Chapter 5 analyzes the use of high-quality formative and summative assessments and interventions and provides examples.

Author Biography

"I am confident this book, written by two respected colleagues, will provide you-my heroes working in schools and districts each day-with ideas, strategies, tools, and resources to help you bring the Common Core English language arts standards to life in your classrooms. The students entrusted to you deserve nothing less." - From the Foreword By Rebecca Dufour

Table of Contents

About the Authorsp. vii
Forewordp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Professional Development and Professional Learning Communitiesp. 3
Purpose of This Bookp. 4
Organization of This Bookp. 4
Using Collaborative Teams for English Language Artsp. 7
The Common Core State Standardsp. 11
Shift One: Focus on Reading and Writing to Inform, Persuade, and Convey Experiencesp. 12
Shift Two: Focus on Increasing Text Complexityp. 14
Shift Three: Focus on Speaking and Listeningp. 15
Shift Four: Focus on Text-Based Evidence for Argumentationp. 16
Shift Five: Focus on Academic Vocabulary and Languagep. 19
Purposes and Organization of the CCSS ELAp. 20
What Is Not Covered in the Standardsp. 22
Conclusionp. 24
Implementing the Common Core State Standards for Readingp. 27
A Collaborative Planning Team in Actionp. 28
Anchor Standards for Readingp. 29
Reading Standards for Literature in Grades 3-5p. 38
Reading Standards for Informational Text in Grades 3-5p. 48
Foundational Skills in Reading in Grades 3-5p. 55
Conclusionp. 60
Implementing the Common Core State Standards for Writingp. 61
A Collaborative Planning Team in Actionp. 62
Anchor Standards for Writingp. 64
Characteristics of Writersp. 66
Writing Standards for Grades 3-5p. 69
The Writing Processp. 88
Conclusionp. 95
Implementing the Common Core State Standards for Speaking and Listening and for Languagep. 97
A Collaborative Planning Team in Actionp. 98
Anchor Standards for Speaking and Listeningp. 99
The Power of Peer Learningp. 104
Speaking and Listening Standards for Grades 3-5p. 105
Anchor Standards for Languagep. 113
Language Standards for Grades 3-5p. 117
Conclusionp. 132
Implementing Formative Assessments to Guide Instruction and Interventionp. 133
A Collaborative Planning Team in Actionp. 134
The Role of Assessment and the Common Core State Standardsp. 134
Feed Up, Back, and Forwardp. 137
Formative and Summative Assessmentsp. 143
What to Do When Students Strugglep. 147
Assessment, Intervention, and Instructionp. 151
Conclusionp. 153
References and Resourcesp. 157
Indexp. 167
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