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Common Core for the Not-So-Common Learner, Grades 6-12
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Common Core for the Not-So-Common Learner, Grades 6-12
English Language Arts Strategies



August 2013 | 280 pages | Corwin
The implementation of the Common Core standards is already in full-swing in many of the US public schools. Educators must be trained in how to teach to the new standards for ELA and mathematics, which were designed to be more rigorous and to better prepare students for college and the workplace. For teachers who work with the millions of English learners, the shift to the common standards is even more daunting. This reader-friendly book (and its companion volume for K-5 educators) provides clear guidance on how to make the standards accessible to ELLs and other at-risk learners. The book is grounded in the four ELA strands and the authors offer clear explanations of the expectations of the CCSS as well as a range of essential instructional strategies educators will need to implement when they work with the not so common learner.
 
Chapter 1. Introduction
Who Are Our Not So Common Learners?

 
The Standards Movement

 
Common Core Advances

 
Application of the Common Core to Address Individual Differences

 
Student Diversity and Teacher Challenges

 
What Is Not Covered In The Common Core Document

 
Focus on Research-Based Strategies to Address Learning Needs

 
 
Chapter 2. Strategies for Academic Language Development
Why Diverse Adolescent Learners Need Explicit Instruction in Academic Language?

 
Core Language and Vocabulary Strategies

 
Conventions of Standard English

 
Knowledge and Application of Language

 
Vocabulary Acquisition and Use

 
Anticipated Outcomes

 
Instructional Challenges

 
Promising Classroom Practices

 
Common Core Standards—(Un)Common Reflection Questions

 
Key Resources

 
 
Chapter 3. Reading Strategies for Literature
Why Teaching Diverse Adolescent Learners Reading Strategies Promotes Comprehension of Literary Texts

 
Core Reading Strategies

 
Key Ideas and Details

 
Craft and Structure

 
Integration of Knowledge and Ideas

 
Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity

 
Anticipated Outcomes

 
Instructional Challenges

 
Promising Classroom Practices

 
Common Core Standards—(Un)Common Reflection Questions

 
Key Resources

 
 
Chapter 4. Reading Strategies for Informational Texts
Why Teaching Diverse Adolescent Learners Reading Strategies Promotes Comprehension of Informational Texts

 
Core Informational Reading Strategies

 
Key Ideas and Details

 
Craft and Structure

 
Integration of Knowledge and Ideas

 
Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity

 
Anticipated Outcomes

 
Instructional Challenges

 
Promising Classroom Practices

 
Common Core Standards—(Un)Common Reflection Questions

 
Key Resources

 
 
Chapter 5. Writing Strategies
Why Scaffolding and Explicit Skills Instruction Improves the Writing of Diverse Adolescent Learners

 
Core Writing Strategies

 
Text Types and Purposes

 
Production and Distribution of Writing

 
Research to Build and Present Knowledge

 
Range of Writing

 
Anticipated Outcomes

 
Instructional Challenges

 
Promising Classroom Practices

 
Common Core Standards—(Un)Common Reflection Questions

 
Key Resources

 
 
Chapter 6. Speaking and Listening Strategies
Why Speaking and Listening Skills Improve the Overall Academic Development of Diverse Adolescent Learners

 
Core Speaking and Listening Strategies

 
Comprehension and Collaboration

 
Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas

 
Anticipated Outcomes

 
Instructional Challenges

 
Promising Classroom Practices

 
Common Core Standards—(Un)Common Reflection Questions

 
Key Resources

 
 
Chapter 7. Key to Successful Implementation: Collaborative Strategies
Why Collaborative Practices Help Meet the Common Core

 
Core Collaborative Practices

 
Instructional

 
Curriculum mapping and alignment

 
Joint instructional planning

 
Parallel teaching

 
Co-developing instructional materials

 
Collaborative assessment

 
Co-teaching

 
Noninstructional

 
Joint professional development

 
Teacher research

 
Joint parent-teacher conferences and report card writing

 
Planning, facilitating, and participating in extracurricular activities

 
Anticipated Outcomes

 
Challenges

 
Common Core Collaborations—(Un)Common Reflection Questions

 
Key Resources

 

"This amazingly thorough text is one you will return to many times to get just one more idea. Addressing the challenges of designing instruction that is sensitive to the Common Core State Standards, the authors offer thought-provoking, engaging examples that illustrate how to motivate even the most reluctant learner.  Every educator or administrator who is trying to understand how to accommodate the needs of diverse learners in grades 6-12 will find this text an essential resource that supports accomplishing well articulated teaching points."

Diane Lapp, Distinguished Professor of Education
San Diego State University, CA

"Honigsfeld and Dove provide educators with research, insights, tools, and models for helping diverse students meet and exceed Common Core anchor literacy standards across disciplines. This book is a powerful guide for deepening classroom teaching practices and engaging in professional conversations that foster the enduring learning of content, language, and literacy."

Jeff Zwiers, Researcher
Stanford University, CA

"With this book the authors provide just the kind of resource that secondary teachers are yearning for as they navigate implementation of the Common Core State Standards. The emphasis on 'not-so-common' learners validates the unique needs these students bring to our schools and provides teachers with tools for assisting all students in becoming college and career ready. The specific ideas and strategies presented are invaluable!"

Jana Echevarria, Professor Emerita
California State University, Long Beach

"Any reader will gain a clear picture of how the standards are designed and how the expectations progress across the grade levels from this accessible but comprehensive guide. The anchor standards in each domain are explained and paired with engaging, realistic classroom strategies shared by educators from across the country. Collaboration is a main theme in this positive, practical, and energizing text that will give educators the confidence to approach the Common Core Standards while meeting the needs of our diverse learners in the classroom."

Elizabeth Gennosa, English Teacher
Sagamore Middle School, Holtsville, NY

"The Common Core State Standards have been adopted by many of the nation's states and it’s likely that more will join.  Honigsfeld and Dove provide us with a clear road map for how to make the Standards come alive in our classrooms and schools.  They also provide us with an important means to individually and collaboratively understand what is working and what needs improvement (a must in our work!).  Their latest book should be a core text and must-read for all of us."

Debbie Zacarian, Corwin Author
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