This is the second of three office hours hosted by David. View the first office hours here.
David Liben, of Student Achievement Partners, shares a wealth of tips and resources to help prepare your students for the Common Core ELA standards.
Reading Strategies and Close Reading
- “Rethinking Reading Comprehension Instruction,” by McKeown, Beck, and Blake, is a study that compared the effects of content instruction (using text-dependent questions) to the effects of strategies instruction, and found that content focused instruction had greater benefits.
- Cognitive Scientist Daniel Willingham’s Blog, presents research and describes the danger of excessive focus on comprehension strategies.
Examples of Rich Complex Text
- Appendix B of the Common Core State Standards (Text Exemplars & Sample Performance Tasks)
- Close Reading Model lessons from achievethecore.org give examples of rich, complex texts and lessons to help students access them.
- Achieve’s EQuIP Exemplars offer peer reviewed, Core-aligned lesson materials. (Scroll to the middle of the page and click the tab named “EQuIP Exemplars.”)
- CCSSO’s Navigating Tex Complexity website includes a list of exemplar texts as well as analysis of what makes them complex.
Examples of good questioning technique:
- Authors Fisher and Frey, describe the excellent “Note And Wonder” strategy. For more information, see for example, Rigorous Reading: 5 Access Points for Comprehending Complex Texts.
- EngageNY offers a free curriculum online. Their grades 3-8 materials were developed by Expeditionary Learning and offer good examples of questions and questioning techniques.
Using Basal Readers
- This lesson bank offers Common Core-aligned replacement lessons for basals published before the Common Core (pre-2010).
- To learn more about or join the group that created these lessons, the Basal Alignment Project (BAP), click here.
- There are lots of new resources that say they’re Common Core-aligned. Use the Publisher’s Criteria to evaluate whether they are really aligned to the Standards. If IMET is on atc we could use that as well.
- Model Read Aloud lesson for K-2 classrooms, based on the poem, The Wind, available here.
- K-2, teachers all over the country are also working to create Common Core-aligned Read Aloud lessons, through the Read Aloud Project. Access the resources they create or join the group through Edmodo, using the group access code: pkx52i
Volume of Reading and Vocabulary
- Long-term reading success depends on not just close reading, but also on volume of reading.
- This article by Marilyn Jager Adams in American Educator explains how a series of texts on related topics is the fastest way to grow the vocabulary needed to access complex text. She also cites research by Thomas Landauer showing the powerful relationship between volume of reading and vocabulary growth.
- “’Both And’ Literacy Instruction K-5,” is a new paper from Student Achievement Partners that explains how to use guided reading successfully with the Common Core.
- Literacy expert, Tim Shanahan’s blog talks about the value of complex text and the problems with leveled reading.
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Also, check out our post on 4 tips for aligning your ELA lessons to the Common Core and 3 tips for approaching close reading.