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Common Core FAQs

Below are some of the most common questions that I hear related to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Check them out. And if I missed a question you have, ask it in the comments, on Facebook, or via Twitter!

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What is Close Reading?

  • Here’s Patricia Kain’s seminal document out of Harvard: “How to do a Close Reading.”
  • Here’s Tim Shanahan’s take on close reading.
  • Here’s a freaking awesome Teaching the Core post and an Erica Beaton Prezi.
  • An exercise that allows for frequent close reading practice and the accrual of background knowledge: Article of the Week.

What is college- and career readiness (CCR)?

Where can I find Common Core resources for world history teachers?

Where can I find Common Core resources for US history teachers?

  • Reading Like a Historian: Teaching Literacy in Middle and High School History Classrooms, by Sam Wineburg, Daisy Martin, and Chauncey Monte-Sano
    • This book’s pedagogy applies to all areas of history, but its examples are specifically US history examples, hence why I include it here.
  • Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong, by James Loewen
    • This is a great book for discovering controversy and how to handle it in US history. Obviously, there’s a boatload of argumentative writing (W.CCR.1) or informative/explanatory writing (W.CCR.2) prompts waiting to be drawn out of this book. Loewen opened my eyes to how fun and deep teaching history can be.
  • A History of US: 11-Volume Set, by Joy Hakim
    • No matter what level of US history you teach, you’ve got to check out Hakim’s historical writing. This set is filled with model explanatory texts, and it also makes ample use of primary documents (not to mention that it’s final book is simply a book of primary sources). In Loewen’s survey of US history textbooks (found in Lies, above), Hakim’s gets pretty glowing reviews. It’s accessible to 5th graders but engaging reading for all ages.

What are the new social studies national content standards?

Do you have any other posts that are geared toward social studies teachers?

Why yes, I do:

Where can I find Common Core resources for ELA / Content-area Teachers?

What are your thoughts on choice reading?

Do you have any Common Core resources for math teachers?

Where can parents go for Common Core help?

How / where do you host this blog?

  • I host at Bluehost.com (affiliate link) — it’s an easy set-up, they have awesome customer support, and I still get to use WordPress.

Do you have any other cool resources?

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