Tag Archives: Common Core

Fiction Is to Nonfiction As Food Is to Water

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“Fiction invites me into an imagined world; nonfiction tells me about my world. Both teach.” – Bob Probst[1] The great debate is still raging.  Fiction or nonfiction?  Literary or informational texts?  How much of each?  Which courses call for more … Continue reading

Differentiating Process: Modifying How Students Negotiate Text

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One of the most challenging aspects of the Florida Standards (as well as the strikingly similar Common Core State Standards) is the return of text complexity.  I use the term return as a reminder that the canon once, decades ago, … Continue reading

Taking a Look at the New Writing Rubrics and a Training PowerPoint

Writing Rubric Checklist

I am teaching 8th grade language arts and reading in the state of Florida this year. We are one of those states that has created its own set of standards, although they are incredibly similar to the Common Core State … Continue reading

The Technical Writing Prompt: Rich with Purpose

Divergent Technical Writing Prompt

Many students dread, and resist, any request to write. This can have many causes, from unpleasant previous experience, to gaps in writing mechanics, to a belief that none of what they are asked to write is meaningful or rewarding. 

Using a Targeted Intervention Lesson

Critical Thinking Connection

The Challenge Your students loved the Catfishing High-Interest Article, “REALing Them In.”  They are engaged in the topic and they enjoyed taking on the persona of one of the people in the article in the First Person Play reading strategy … Continue reading

Five Resources for Teaching Catfishing

Warning Signs of a Catfish

If you’re planning to teach the Teengagement® Unit of Study Catfishing, here are five companion resources you can use to engage students and extend their knowledge.

Targeted Intervention Lessons (TILs)

Teengagement TILs

“Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.” –unknown Ask any teacher and he/she will tell you that failure to prepare students for what they will be tested on is an unacceptable proposition. Does it mean that teachers must teach to … Continue reading

Validity and Reliability & Context Clues Lessons: Busting Up Bullying 1100L


In their reading for my class, students must be able to determine the validity of reasoning and reliability of the evidence presented in the text and use context clues in order to determine meaning. I teach classes of 7th and 8th … Continue reading

Is Common Core Alignment a Sham?

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The shift from state-based standards to Common Core State Standards in many states has not only made administrators and educators closely evaluate their practices and curricula, it has provided a unique challenge for curriculum providers in meeting the new needs … Continue reading

Teaching Reading from a 1969 Perspective

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As we enter into assessment season and the talk steers toward student growth, school grades and value-added portion of evaluations, the teachers at my school begin to stress. And once again I am frustrated with a system that creates such … Continue reading