Your students will love using the Quote It! graphic organizer! Find more graphic organizers, suggested text lists, and more in The Common Core Guidebook, 6-8: Informational Text Lessons available on Amazon.
I am a big proponent that the basic (less than 10) reading standards have to be introduced EXPLICITLY. I always stick with the I do, we do, you do model. My routine is pretty basic and repetitive. I use an anticipatory set or engaging intro, connect the skill to something the kids already know, then model how to use the… Read more →
There are two different skills included in the Word Play standard. The first deals with word meaning and the second deals with the impact of the word choice.The first skill for each grade level standard asks that students determine the meaning of words. This means that students need to have some instruction in context clues and the practice of noting… Read more →
Analyzing text is a concept that, in the past, has been reserved for advanced students or high school students. With Common Core, this has become the domain of the primary elementary school classroom as well. Reading Standards 5, 6, 7, and 8 demand a close analysis of text. If you are getting ready to tackle this task determining how this… Read more →
The 2012 Election season is reved up in full throttle right now. It is hard to turn on the television and not be overwhelmed with polictical advertisements, interviews, or election coverage of some type. This is a teachabe moment for students. Whether you are teaching English or Social Studies, this year the 2012 election will be a hot topic! With… Read more →