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Cutting to the Common Core: Disrupting Discourse

Kate Kinsella recommends launching an Academic Language Campaign to prepare diverse learners for the Common Core State Standards The Common Core State Standards (CCSS, 2010) rolling out in 46 states aim to graduate all U.S. high school students with 21st century communication and literacy skills, career and college ready. These new national standards signal a pronounced shift in how academic...

Cutting to the Common Core: Fostering Academic Interaction

Kate Kinsella offers an action plan to encourage second language learners to participate in constructive classroom discussionA primary goal of English language development and world-language coursework is to ensure that students develop the verbal and written language skills to communicate effectively in social and academic settings. To develop communicative competence, students at all grade levels and proficiency levels need...

Cutting to the Common Core with Lori Helman

Lori Helman shares her thoughts on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the teaching of English Language Learners (ELLs)Language Magazine:  How will implementation of the CCSS affect the teaching of ELLs?Lori Helman: The CCSS present a challenge similar to the one educators have faced in the past decade — how to take the diverse population entering schools and...

Cutting to the Common Core: Sticking to the Script

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Timothy Shanahan reassesses the role of handwriting in literacy developmentMy father, who had no more than an eighth-grade education, wrote in a beautiful Palmer hand. His one-room schoolhouse education did not promise to take him far, but it did allow him to place words on paper in an elegant and readable manner. And this skill had practical utility beyond...

Cutting to the Common Core: My Students Can’t Read So How Will They Write?

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Hillary Wolfe recommends building strategic scaffolds to assist adolescent writingOne of the biggest instructional shifts resulting from the Common Core State Standards is the increased emphasis on writing. Students will be expected to write in all content areas, for various purposes, and over varying lengths of time (Writing Anchor Standard 10). Argument writing has been elevated to a high...

Cutting to the Common Core: Changing the Playing Field 2

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In the second installment of a two-part article, Jeff Zwiers, Susan O’Hara, and Robert Pritchard present essential shifts for teaching Common Core Standards to academic English learnersThe transition to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) offers a window of opportunity to fortify what and how we teach. It also provides a chance to reflect on how our...

Cutting to the Common Core: Academic Language Development Network

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Susan O’Hara, Jeff Zwiers, and Robert Pritchard explain the mission of the Academic Language Development NetworkThe Academic Language Development Network (http://aldnetwork.org) is a collaborative project, co-housed at the University of California Davis and Stanford University. The Network focuses on research-based teaching and assessment practices for developing the complex academic language, literacy, and thinking skills that support the learning...

Cutting to the Common Core: Analyzing Informational Text

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Kate Kinsella tackles the particular challenges of preparing learners to be able to analyze and discuss complex informational textThe Common Core State Standards (CCSS, 2010) for reading focus heavily on students gathering evidence, knowledge, and insights from what they read. In fact, 80-90% of the reading standards in every grade require text-dependent analysis — being able to answer questions...

Cutting to the Common Core: Making Vocabulary Number One

Dr. Kate Kinsella offers strategies for prioritizing vocabulary for competent text analysis, discussion, and constructed responseShifts in Text Emphases and Response Tasks The Common Core State Standards (CCSS, 2010) call upon students to tackle increasingly complex informational and narrative texts and articulate their comprehension using academic register. Beyond the primary grades, developing readers must digest detailed concept- and data-driven passages...

Cutting to the Common Core: Decoding Complex Text

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Rebecca Blum-Martínez offers a strategy to help English learners cope with the more complex language requirements of the Common CoreThe adoption of the Common Core Standards (CCSS) by many states has brought the issue of complex texts to the forefront. The questions for teachers, administrators, and teacher educators have become "How does one revise the curriculum so that...