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Your Literacy Standards Companion, Grades 6-8

What They Mean and How to Teach Them
By: Jim Burke
This new version of The Common Core Companion provides indexes for all states implementing state-specific ELA standards, allowing you to tap into the potency of standards-based teaching ideas.

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  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781506385532
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Series: Corwin Literacy
  • Year: 2017
  • Page Count: 432
  • Publication date: April 21, 2017

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Standards-based learning just got a lot easier

In this resource, Jim Burke provides indexes for all states implementing state-specific ELA standards. This index allows you to see and understand which page number to turn to for standards-based teaching ideas.

Beyond that? It’s the same great go-to guide putting the standards into daily practice across English Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects.

It’s all here, page by page:

  • Grades 6–8 standards side by side with key distinctions highlighted so teachers know what they must teach from grade to grade
  • All the different content-area versions of the standards arranged to facilitate easy reference and schoolwide collaboration
  • Explanations of each standard on corresponding pages, written in accessible language, along with prompts and questions to help students learn and apply each standard
  • Essential content to cover and lesson ideas for modeling the literacy skills behind the standards
  • Instructional techniques for each standard, based on Jim’s extensive teaching experience and current research on effective instruction
  • A complete glossary for each standard and adaptations for ELL students

With this book, you have what you need to bring about astounding clarity of expectations for what students are to learn, and what teachers can do to bring about the sustained literacy experiences students need to apply their learning.



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Jim Burke

A longtime English teacher, Jim Burke is the author of more than 20 books and senior consultant for the Holt McDougal Literature program. Jim has received several awards, including the 2000 NCTE Exemplary English Leadership Award. In 2009, he created the English Companion Ning—the largest online community of English teachers in the world. More recently, Jim has served on the AP English Course and Exam Review Commission and the PARCC Consortium.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Introduction: Turning Standards Into Daily Teaching

Quick Reference: Common Core State Standards, 6–12 English Language Arts

Quick Reference: Common Core State Standards, 6–12 English Language Arts in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects

Indexes Cross-Referencing Your State Standards

The Complete Common Core State Standards: Decoded

Part 1. Reading

Key Ideas and Details

1. Read closely for explicit meaning . . . make logical inferences . . . cite textual evidence

2. Determine central ideas . . . analyze their development . . . summarize key details

3. Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact

Craft and Structure

4. Interpret words and phrases as they are used . . . and shape meaning or tone

5. Analyze the structure of texts, including specific elements and sections

6. Assess how point of view or purpose shapes the content and style of a text

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas

7. Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse formats and media

8. Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims, including the validity

9. Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics

Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity

10. Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts

Part 2. Writing

Text Types and Purposes

1. Write arguments to support claims . . . using valid reasoning and . . . evidence

2. Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas

3. Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events

Production and Distribution of Writing

4. Produce clear and coherent writing

5. Develop and strengthen writing . . . by planning, revising, editing, rewriting

6. Use technology . . . to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate . . .

Research to Build and Present Knowledge

7. Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects

8. Gather relevant information from multiple . . . sources . . . avoiding plagiarism

9. Draw evidence from . . . texts to support analysis, reflection, and research

Range of Writing

10. Write routinely . . . for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences

Part 3. Speaking and Listening

Comprehension and Collaboration

1. Prepare for and participate in . . . conversations and collaborations

2. Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats

3. Evaluate a speaker’s point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric

Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas

4. Present information, findings, and supporting evidence

5. Make strategic use of digital media and visual displays of data

6. Adapt speech to a variety of contexts . . . demonstrating command of formal English

Part 4. Language

Conventions of Standard English

1. Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage

2. Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling

Knowledge of Language

3. Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions

Vocabulary Acquisition and Use

4. Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown . . . words and phrases

5. Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships . . . nuances

6. Acquire and use . . . general academic and domain-specific words and phrases


Resource A. Common Core Recommended Reading Lists

Resource B. Text Complexity Tool

Resource C. Planning Calendar Templates

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