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Pathways to the Common Core
Accelerating Achievement
Lucy CalkinsMary EhrenworthChristopher Lehman
Pub Date: 3/29/2012

“As challenging as it must have been to write and finesse the adoption of the Common Core State Standards, that accomplishment is nothing compared to the work of teaching in ways that bring all students to these ambitious expectations. The goal is clear. The pathway is not.”
—Lucy Calkins, Mary Ehrenworth, and Christopher Lehman

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The Common Core Writing Book, 6-8
Lessons for a Range of Tasks, Purposes, and Audiences
Gretchen Owocki
Grade: 6th - 8th
Pub Date: 2/26/2016

The practices you will find in this book have been used effectively by many teachers. Here they are altered and redesigned with special attention to the CCSS—in a way that maintains the potential for teacher control and decision making in the best interest of learners.

—Gretchen Owocki

Whether it’s developing arguments, writing informational... more

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Closer Readings of the Common Core
Asking Big Questions About the English/Language Arts Standards
Edited By: Patrick Shannon
Grade: K - 12th
Pub Date: 8/29/2013

“We open up the Common Core State Standards process and product, revealing that both are constructions—partial and value laden. With this understanding, we hope readers will step forward to take active roles in the discussion of why CCSS as well as how CCSS.”
—Patrick Shannon

Common Core is on everyone’s lips. We all want answers... more

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Common Core,  Unit by Unit
5 Critical Moves for Implementing the Reading Standards Across the Curriculum
Cheryl Becker Dobbertin
Grade: 6th - 12th
Pub Date: 8/9/2013

Will Common Core switch my focus from students to standards?
Will it make my best units obsolete?
Will my students be able to meet its ambitious aims?

Cheryl Dobbertin’s Common Core, Unit by Unit answers these concerns and many more. It lays out in black and white how to plan instruction that addresses Common Core... more

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Exceeding the Common Core State Standard

In this series, noted teacher—researchers Jeffrey Wilhelm, Michael Smith, and James Fredricksen tackle the three key modes of writing demanded by the Common Core State Standards. For middle-grades teachers they share classroom-proven strategies grounded in important research. All to support teaching and learning about informational, argument, and narrative writing.

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The Common Core Lesson Book, K-5
Working with Increasingly Complex Literature, Informational Text, and Foundational Reading Skills
Gretchen Owocki
Grade: K - 5th
Pub Date: 4/12/2012

“To reach their potential, children need an engaging environment and a reason to learn. This book is aimed at helping teachers implement quality Common Core instruction around this principle.”
—Gretchen Owocki

The quality of instruction is the most important factor in helping students meet the Common Core Standards. That’s... more
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Writing on Demand for the Common Core State Standards Assessments
Kelly SassiAnne Ruggles GereLeila Christenbury
Grade: 6th - 12th
Pub Date: 3/14/2014

What will students be asked to do when faced with the writing tasks on the Common Core State Standards assessments?  What are the instructional shifts teachers will need to make so that students can understand and master them?  Kelly Sassi and Anne Ruggles Gere unpack the PARCC and Smarter Balanced approaches to writing assessment, and provide... more

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The Common Core Reading Book, 6–8
Lessons for Increasingly Complex Literature, Informational Texts, and Content-Area Reading
Gretchen Owocki
Grade: 6th - 8th
Pub Date: 3/28/2014

“Working effectively with the standards requires the critical understanding that the teacher-not the standard or the program-is the most important variable affecting adolescents' achievement.”
—Gretchen Owocki

The Common Core Reading Book, 6–8 makes the reading goals of the standards doable for teachers in every content area.... more

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Units of Study in Argument, Information, and Narrative Writing, Grade 6
A Common Core Workshop Curriculum
Lucy CalkinsTeachers College Reading & Writing ProjectStacey FellAlexandra MarronKate RobertsKathleen TolanMaggie Beattie RobertsEmily Strang-CampbellAudra RobbGerrit Jones-Rooy
Grade: 6th - 6th
Pub Date: 6/13/2014

About the Grade 6 Units

Sixth-grade writing begins with Personal Narrative: Crafting Powerful Life Stories. This unit helps students draw on their lives, learning strategies to generate meaningful story ideas, manage pace, elaborate on important scenes, and deepen insights. This unit especially emphasizes the importance... more

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