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Fifty shades of the common core

Fifty Shades of

The Common Core

NC Reading Conference

March 10, 2013

by Jennifer Jones

K-12 Reading Specialist

Lake Myra Elementary School

Wake County Public School System

Follow along at:

The common core literacy model

The Common Core literacy Model





Ela Standard




Building knowledge

Through content

Rich non-fiction and

Informational text.

Reading, writing and

Speaking grounded in

evidence from the text

Regular practice with

complex text and

its academic







Speaking & Listening





Based on the Common Core ELA

Anchor standards for reading literary fiction

Anchor Standards for Reading

Literary Fiction & Informational Non-Fiction

1 1

Text-based understanding & comprehension

2 2

Central message/theme/BIG ideas

3 3

Characters/individuals across the text

4 4

Author’s Word Choice (syntax, figurative language use)

5 5

Close Analysis of Text (structure, features)

6 6

Point of View/Purpose

7 7

Content integration – Read & Research

8 8

Evaluate the Claims & Arguments of the Author (NF only)

9 9

Text to Text Comparison

10 10

Text Complexity

Key Ideas & Details Craft & Structure Integration of Ideas

Key ideas for the rest

Key Ideas for the REST

Writing– 3 Text Types: Personal Narrative, Informative & Argument

Speaking & Listening – Flexible Communication & Collaboration,

Text-Based Discussion Groups

Language – Grammar & Vocabulary: Nouns, Pronouns, Verbs,

Adjectives, Adverbs, Abstract Nouns, Verb Tenses, Simple, Compound

& Complex Sentences, Proper Nouns, Quotation Marks, Spelling

Patterns, Context Clues, & Shades of Meaning

Foundational Skills – Fluency, Phonics & Phonological Awareness

Concepts of Print, The Alphabet, Punctuation Marks, Prefixes &

Suffixes, Multi-Syllabic Words, Roots & Affixes, Rhyme, Blending,

Segmenting, Sound Spelling Patterns, Irregular Words, Sight Words

The 3 common core practices

The 3 Common Core Practices

Text Split

Building knowledge through content-rich non-fiction and

informational texts.

Text Based Reading and Responding

Reading, writing, and speaking (orally or written responses)

grounded in evidence from the text including text based

questions, text based answers around text based conversations

with the TEXT as the common denominator.

Text Complexity

Regular practice with complex text and its academic vocabulary.

What the standards do value in reading

What the

Standards Do

Value in Reading


Close attentive reading critical reading

“close, attentive reading”…”critical

reading”… “reasoning and use of

evidence”… “comprehend, evaluate,

synthesize”… “understand

precisely…question…assess the

veracity” …. “cite specific evidence”

… “evaluate others’ point of view”…

“reading independently and


What the standards don t value in reading

What the


Value in Reading


These phrases are not in the common core make

These phrases are NOT in the

Common Core…

make text-to-self connections,

access prior knowledge, explore

personal response, relate to

your own life…

In short the common core standards deemphasize

“In short, the Common

Core standards

deemphasize reading as

a personal act and

emphasizes textual

analysis.” – Pathways to the Common Core

So what does this all mean for my school

So What

Does this

all mean


My School?

Partnership for 21 st century education

Partnership for 21st Century Education

Clearly understanding lower vs higher level

Clearly Understanding

Lower vs. Higher Level Thinking

the answer is already known

And communicating this language with students

..and communicating

this language WITH


Followed by our evidence based thinking tells


by our




tells others



for our


First we must be critical thinkers


We must be Critical


Form an opinion

and justify it!

Agree or disagree.


Justifying our opinions

Justifying Our Opinions



Daily analogies

Daily Analogies

Analogy Poster

“Mrs. Jones, this is hard!”

“Mrs. Jones, this is hard!”

“I don’t know.”

“I don’t know.”

Creating a sense of urgency the relationship

Creating a Sense of Urgency

& the Relationship between Words & Learning

Making inferences with picture of the day

Making Inferences with…

Picture of the Day

You tube is informational text

You Tube *** * IS** Informational Text

4 th grade sample items

4th Grade Sample Items

National Assessments


Before we can be critical readers


We can be Critical



We must be Critical


You don’t have to believe

You don’t have to believe

everything you read in a book, you

everything you read in a book, you

have the right to question it and

have the right to question it and

judge for the reasons for yourself.

judge for the reasons for yourself.


Literary text or informational text






So What?

Critical reading is a way of looking at a book

Critical Reading

…is a way of looking at a book and

analyzing what the author is saying and

the methods the author [and

illustrator] are using to communicate a

message or idea. Your analysis is

complete when you have formed your

own interpretations of the

author’s intentions.

Text based starters text based entenders

Text Based Starters…

Text Based Entenders…

Image Sources:

Text based questions guided reading shared

Text Based Questions

Guided Reading, Shared Reading, Literature Circles

Look at the illustration on page 8, and

explain what the author’s purpose was for

writing “Sometimes [Grace] could get Ma

and Nana to join in, when they weren’t too


Why does Grace “keep her hand up” twice,

even though her friends continue to tell her

she can’t be Peter Pan?

When Grace told her mother what

happened at school, what

was Ma so angry about?

What did Nana want Grace

to learn by taking her to

the ballet that day?

Image Sources: Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman

Text based answers w tbe requires us to read

Text Based Answers…w/ TBE

Requires US to read it first…Allyia said…

“I infer thatStrength of Blue Horse is blindbecause….

•He was born “sick & frail”.

•“You were born with a dark

curtain over your eyes.”

•“Will I always have to live in

the dark?”

•“I can feel the morning.”

•“I could not see the rainbow

but I can feel its happiness.”

•“Rainbow is my eyes.”

Image Source: Knots on a Counting Rope by Bill Martin

Character analysis with text based evidence

Character Analysis

With Text Based Evidence


Text based responses



Tackle text complexity with read alouds

Tackle Text

Complexity with


Image: Gooney Bird Greene by Lois Lowry

Non fiction reading shift our thinking from what

Non-fiction Reading

Shift Our Thinking from… “What do want kids to KNOW?” to

“What do I want kids to get out of it?”



Evaluating non fiction text with two column notes

Evaluating Non-Fiction Text

with Two-Column Notes…all strategies at once

and reformatting how kids interact with text

Opinionated students blogging

Opinionated Students Blogging

Group learning

Group Learning

Cooperative Independent Book Clubs & Literature Circle

Higher level thinking independent projects

Higher Level Thinking

Independent Projects

Schoolwide research model for lmes remixed

Schoolwide Research Model for LMES – remixed by Leigh Pittman from the AGOPE & WISE research models

Are we communicating with students what

Are we




What it is

We expect

them to know,

do and


The take aways

The Take-Aways

Image: D. Garland

Thank you

Thank You!

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