• Common Core Literacy Standards - Quick overviews
    You mean I really have to do this? The Writing Standards are for everyone!
    Math....Sample items just released on Augusts 20 from the PARCC high school assessment

    English Language Arts... PARCC Sample items

    PARCC will be here in 2 years
    Click here for a quick overview of the PARCC assessment, set to be administered at during the 2014-2015 school year.

    Finally, help is on the way... (goodbye segregating the 5 components of reading instruction & goodbye isolated skills work)
    • Electives are a great place to help students become stronger readers. The students already like your class! They are already interested in the topic!
    • Give kids anything to read, plus a highlighter and a pen. Students should highlight with 2 colors: One for what they already know and one for what interests them.
    • In the margins, students should write. Write what? Comments about how a section applies to their own life, connections to other things they have read or learned, questions they have, arguments with the author....anything they are thinking. That's it. Then collect, add a few comments, give a completion grade, and know that you've done the kids a huge favor.

    Writing in the Content Areas (The Importance of practice)

    40% 20% 40%
    Narrative Argument



    • Quick writes on any topic
    • Entry cards (ask anything!)
    • Mini-Research projects
    • Longer research papers
    • Quick personal responses to any topic (How does this topic relate to me/my life)
    • The story of a bicept
    • List taken from the PARCC website for grade 10 narrative writing: write a story, detail a scientific process, write a historical account of important figures, or describe an account of events, scenes, or objects.
    • Rick Reilly articles
    • Two Corners
    • Class face-off
    • Stop Everything and Write
    • He said / I say
    • Short writing pieces
    • Formal Argument writing (can be one page only or longer)
    • Articles from The Week

    Research Resources
    "The Special Place of Argument in the Standards"
    PersuasionArgument (Everything is Persuasion, not Everything is Argument)
    The parts of an argument:

    Claim: A girl simply must have a hair straightener!

    Evidence: Models in magazines all have straight hair; the girls at school have straight hair; girls who want to be in style must have straight hair.
    Counterargument: Taylor Swift is pretty cool, and she has curly hair.
    Refutation: It took my class 2 minutes to think of someone cool with curly hair, and all we came up with was Taylor Swift.
    Conclusion: Girls today need to have a hair straightener!
    Introduction to PowerPoint you can share with students - modify as needed
    A Vocaroo to quickly teach students the difference between argument & persuasion (Vocaroo is great for auditory learners)
    Turn & Talk
    Appendix A
    They Say/I Say:

    Debunking the grading myth


    The truth is, English teachers don't (or don't have to) correct and grade all those papers. And you don't have to either.

    Feedback is the buzzword of the year...what does it mean for you?

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