Inside the Common Core Classroom Practical ELA Strategies for Grades K-2

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2014-07-30
  • Publisher: Pearson

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An indispensable guide for all who teach in grades K-2, as well as curriculum directors, reading specialists, literacy coaches, and school administrators, Inside the Common Core Classroom: Practical ELA Strategies for Grades K-2  helps teachers see ideas in action in this insightful look at the key aspects and fundamental shifts of the ELA Common Core Standards for grades K-2. Each standard is accompanied by a comprehensive look into a kindergarten, first grade, or second grade classroom as well as valuable, practical tips for teachers and lesson plan ideas that can be put to immediate use. Classroom vignettes complete with specific teacher-and-student dialogues help readers picture how to implement each standard in their own classrooms. 

Author Biography

Lesley Mandel Morrow is a Distinguished Professor of Literacy at the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Her research deals with early literacy development and the organization and management of language arts programs. Dr. Morrow has published more than 300 journal articles, chapters, and books, and her work has been recognized with awards including the Outstanding Teacher Educator of Reading Award from the International Reading Association (IRA). She also received the William S. Gray Citation of Merit from the IRA and the Oscar S. Causey Award from the Literacy Research Association–both awards for outstanding contributions to the field of literacy through research and scholarship. Dr. Morrow is a Past President of the IRA and a member of the Reading Hall of Fame.

Erin Kramer is a recent graduate of the Reading Specialist Certification master’s degree program at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. She also teaches second grade in the Morris Plains School District in Morris Plains, New Jersey, where she was honored as Teacher of the Year for 2011—2012.

Amy Monaco has a master’s in literacy from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey and holds a Reading Specialist certification. She previously taught first grade in the Monroe Township School District and is currently the K—4 Supervisor of Language Arts and Social Studies in the Montgomery Township School District in Montgomery, New Jersey.

Table of Contents

Brief Table of Contents

Introduction: Donna Ogle

Chapter 1- Speaking, Listening and Language Development

Chapter 2 - Foundational Skills

Chapter 3 – Reading Standards: Comprehending Literature

Chapter 4 – Standards Comprehending Informational Text

Chapter 5 – Writing and the Common Core Standards


Chapter 6- Healthy Food and Healthy Bodies: A Science Unit Using Language Arts/Literacy: Common Core State Standards


Chapter 7 - Using the CCSS throughout the School Day

Appendix: Common Core State Standards for Kindergarten through Grade 2

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