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Common Core. How will it look at in Mrs. Hale’s Language Arts Class?. Our common goal …. Reading like a detective …. … and writing like an investigative reporter!. The Major Shifts – not as major as you might think. Many of these things we do already.

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common core

Common Core

How will it look at in Mrs. Hale’s Language Arts Class?

our common goal
Our common goal …

Reading like a detective ….

… and writing like an investigative reporter!

the major shifts not as major as you might think many of these things we do already
The Major Shifts – not as major as you might think. Many of these things we do already.
  • Shift to higher-level thinking skills – students will be asked to think critically and analyze more as we read literature and informational texts. Why? and How? more than What? And When?
  • Increasing focus on informational text – we will read a nice blend of fiction and non-fiction, taking a deeper look at both.
  • Not coverage, but depth and focus: RIGOR. Instead of quantity we are concerned with quality. Not how many stories or texts can we read, but how deeply can we look into the texts.
  • Writing EVERYDAY! Writing about texts, citing sources, always proving our ideas with evidence from the text.
academic vocabulary you will be hearing daily
Academic Vocabulary you will be hearing daily …
  • Citing evidence from the text
  • Close reading
  • Objective summarizing
  • Comparison and Contrast
  • Supporting Arguments
  • Rubrics and Scales
  • Critical Analysis
a balance of literary and informational text
A Balance of Literary and Informational Text
  • Informational text will now have same weight as narrative text
  • All teachers teaching reading strategies
  • Students write frequently about what they are reading and learning
  • Activities which strengthen students speaking and listening skills

You will see

You will not see

Only literature used during the reading block

No connection between the reading and writing assignment

One text for all reading assignments

Reading strategy instruction only in Language Arts

content area literacy
Content Area Literacy
  • ALL students engaged in grade level high quality text
  • Students thinking critically about the text
  • Students engaged in close reading
  • Students reading from many different texts

You will see

You will not see

Students always given different levels of text based on reading ability

Students given a summary of the text prior to reading it

No support for students reading below grade level

the highest priority for common core

“…read closely and gain knowledge from texts.”

close reading
Close Reading
  • Students will have to analyze the text and provide evidence to back up their claims
  • Questions that require students to make inferences from the text
  • Students explore how words and details add meaning to a text

You will see

You will not see

Low level questions which can be answered by listening to the teacher

Questions centered on a student’s background or experience

Students do not have to make connections to the text to answer questions

goal of close analytic reading
Goal of Close, Analytic Reading

…be able to discern and cite evidence from text to support assertions.

Analytic Reading + Analytic Writing = Analytic THINKING



  • Use clues / evidence from text
  • Make non-trivial inferences based on that evidence
  • Use information from multiple sources within or between text to make arguments
focus on writing arguments from sources
Focus on Writing Arguments from sources
  • Students required to use more than one source for their writing
  • The majority of writing will use evidence to inform or make an argument
  • Evidence from text required in writing assignments and oral discussions

You will see

You will not see

Writing only in Language Arts

Writing assignments that are not tied to reading

Writing that is not routine and continuous in every discipline

  • Instruction on using context clues
  • Focus on words which are prevalent across the content areas as well as those that are content specific
  • Students expected to apply academic vocabulary in writing and in discussions

You will see

You will not see

Vocabulary that is limited to students copying words from the dictionary

Vocabulary tests which requires students to simply match a word to the definition

Vocabulary which is not connected to the content studies

to focus on the standards


Develop/refine and implement teacher/District Formative Assessments and End of Course Exams to inform instruction and measure student learning

This means…your child’s assessments will look different than they did in the past

your child will
Your child WILL
  • Be able to identify his learning goal in each classroom
  • Identify standards which he/she has mastered or those on which he/she has to work
  • Be able to explain what strategies he/she is using to read closely
  • Write every day in every classroom
  • Read more informational text
  • Do more research
  • Wrestle with thinking critically
how to be in the know about language arts class
How to be in the know about Language Arts class…
  • Check Edmodo – I try to update all classes daily. There are also copies of most necessary documents, worksheets, notes, and instructions. Also links to very helpful websites. For parent access I would recommend you know your student’s user name and password so you can always access all information.
  • Still have questions - Email is always best – I will get back to you ASAP.