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Common Core for the Not-So-Common Learner, Grades 6-12
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Common Core for the Not-So-Common Learner, Grades 6-12
English Language Arts Strategies



August 2013 | 280 pages | Corwin
The implementation of the Common Core standards is already in full-swing in many of the US public schools. Educators must be trained in how to teach to the new standards for ELA and mathematics, which were designed to be more rigorous and to better prepare students for college and the workplace. For teachers who work with the millions of English learners, the shift to the common standards is even more daunting. This reader-friendly book (and its companion volume for K-5 educators) provides clear guidance on how to make the standards accessible to ELLs and other at-risk learners. The book is grounded in the four ELA strands and the authors offer clear explanations of the expectations of the CCSS as well as a range of essential instructional strategies educators will need to implement when they work with the not so common learner.

 
Chapter 1. Introduction
Who Are Our Not So Common Learners?

 
The Standards Movement

 
Common Core Advances

 
Application of the Common Core to Address Individual Differences

 
Student Diversity and Teacher Challenges

 
What Is Not Covered In The Common Core Document

 
Focus on Research-Based Strategies to Address Learning Needs

 
 
Chapter 2. Strategies for Academic Language Development
Why Diverse Adolescent Learners Need Explicit Instruction in Academic Language?

 
Core Language and Vocabulary Strategies

 
Conventions of Standard English

 
Knowledge and Application of Language

 
Vocabulary Acquisition and Use

 
Anticipated Outcomes

 
Instructional Challenges

 
Promising Classroom Practices

 
Common Core Standards—(Un)Common Reflection Questions

 
Key Resources

 
 
Chapter 3. Reading Strategies for Literature
Why Teaching Diverse Adolescent Learners Reading Strategies Promotes Comprehension of Literary Texts

 
Core Reading Strategies

 
Key Ideas and Details

 
Craft and Structure

 
Integration of Knowledge and Ideas

 
Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity

 
Anticipated Outcomes

 
Instructional Challenges

 
Promising Classroom Practices

 
Common Core Standards—(Un)Common Reflection Questions

 
Key Resources

 
 
Chapter 4. Reading Strategies for Informational Texts
Why Teaching Diverse Adolescent Learners Reading Strategies Promotes Comprehension of Informational Texts

 
Core Informational Reading Strategies

 
Key Ideas and Details

 
Craft and Structure

 
Integration of Knowledge and Ideas

 
Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity

 
Anticipated Outcomes

 
Instructional Challenges

 
Promising Classroom Practices

 
Common Core Standards—(Un)Common Reflection Questions

 
Key Resources

 
 
Chapter 5. Writing Strategies
Why Scaffolding and Explicit Skills Instruction Improves the Writing of Diverse Adolescent Learners

 
Core Writing Strategies

 
Text Types and Purposes

 
Production and Distribution of Writing

 
Research to Build and Present Knowledge

 
Range of Writing

 
Anticipated Outcomes

 
Instructional Challenges

 
Promising Classroom Practices

 
Common Core Standards—(Un)Common Reflection Questions

 
Key Resources

 
 
Chapter 6. Speaking and Listening Strategies
Why Speaking and Listening Skills Improve the Overall Academic Development of Diverse Adolescent Learners

 
Core Speaking and Listening Strategies

 
Comprehension and Collaboration

 
Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas

 
Anticipated Outcomes

 
Instructional Challenges

 
Promising Classroom Practices

 
Common Core Standards—(Un)Common Reflection Questions

 
Key Resources

 
 
Chapter 7. Key to Successful Implementation: Collaborative Strategies
Why Collaborative Practices Help Meet the Common Core

 
Core Collaborative Practices

 
Instructional

 
Curriculum mapping and alignment

 
Joint instructional planning

 
Parallel teaching

 
Co-developing instructional materials

 
Collaborative assessment

 
Co-teaching

 
Noninstructional

 
Joint professional development

 
Teacher research

 
Joint parent-teacher conferences and report card writing

 
Planning, facilitating, and participating in extracurricular activities

 
Anticipated Outcomes

 
Challenges

 
Common Core Collaborations—(Un)Common Reflection Questions

 
Key Resources

 

"Honigsfeld and Dove's latest book recognizes the challenges that teachers of diverse secondary students face in implementing the CCSS. It offers timely, practical, research-based strategies for teachers of our often misunderstood student population to use so that all students are positioned to achieve under the new framework of the CCSS. Honigsfeld and Dove present a multifaceted vision for implementing the CCSS that draws upon the power of collaboration while recognizing the strengths and challenges diverse learners present in today's changing schools. With the CCSS, all teachers must become language teachers. This book offers essential strategies so that diverse students' teachers have tools to help these students develop the language they need to reach the new standards. I recommend this book to anyone who works with diverse learners at the grade 6-12 level."

Diane Staehr Fenner, President
DSF Consulting, LLC

"Educators can turn to this book for theoretically sound and eminently practical information about approaches and strategies to support English Learners' complex language use, critical thinking, and deep engagement with the Common Core."

Rita MacDonald, Academic English Language Researcher
WIDA Consortium

"From the first quote in chapter 1 to the final word, this book struck a chord. A veritable treasure trove of useful classroom practices and scaffolding techniques are identified and carefully explained by the authors, including solutions to help academically and linguistically diverse pupils meet the Common Core State Standards, as well as collaborative practices that help to create inclusive schools where educators share responsibilities to prepare students for college and careers. Student diversity creates challenges for teachers implementing the Common Core. The valuable information in this book provides the information teachers have been seeking to be successful at implementing the Common Core with their diverse, not-so-common, learners."

Susan Lafond, NBCT, ESL Teacher, Advocate
Common Core State Standards Initiative K-12 Standards Development Team

"Academic language is at the heart of effective content instruction for all children, and this book connects it to Common Core and other standards for easy classroom use.  In Common Core for the Not-So-Common Learner, Grades 6-12, Andrea Honigsfeld and Maria Dove supply educators with a valuable tool that helps school personnel meet academic language and content learner needs in all student populations in middle and secondary schools. This book, rooted in language theory and best practice, will be a hit among teachers and teacher trainers looking for strategies for teaching all students for content mastery!"

Christel Broady, Director
ESL Teacher Endorsement Program, Georgetown College, KY

"Honigsfeld and Dove artfully interweave a myriad of strategies derived from and related to the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts. For example, the features of academic language expressed at the word/ phrase, syntax, and text/discourse levels are skillfully matched to ways to enact the College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards. In bridging theory to classroom practice, the authors consider the characteristics of a spectrum of adolescent students who are challenged by the linguistic and conceptual expectations of these rigorous standards in hopes of directing them onto pathways to success."

Margo Gottlieb, Director
Assessment & Evaluation, Illinois Resource Center

"While the Common Core calls for greater text complexity, more advanced academic language, higher-level comprehension skills, and increased independence, the reality is that many of our students will struggle to meet these goals.  Despite all the rhetoric, teachers will continue to face the challenge of helping ELLs, students with disabilities, and other learners who just need a different approach to the same outcome.  Luckily for us, Honigsfeld and Dove combine their extensive experience and expertise to provide thoughtful ideas and solutions to having not-so-common learners in each and every classroom.  Targeted to the secondary classroom, the scaffolds they suggest will provide any teacher a vast repertoire of tools to choose from as they design the “just right” challenge for all of their learners.  My own practice will improve as a result of reading this thorough treatment of instruction for diverse learners.  Thanks, Andrea and Maria, for providing a much-needed resource for practitioners looking for support during these challenging times."

Judy Dodge, Educational Consultant, Coach, and Author

"Uncommon learners are more common in classrooms than you think.  These uncommon learners have the right to a high quality education, based on the Common Core State Standards, that ensures that they achieve success. Anything short of that compromises access to college and meaningful careers.  Thankfully, Honigsfeld and Dove show us the way.  They pave a path to high expectations that actually shows us how to get there.  Filled with examples and ideas, this book will contribute in significant ways the success that all learners have for decades to come."

Douglas Fisher, Professor
San Diego State University, CA

"Common Core for the Not-So-Common Learner offers teachers what few other books do: A coherent look at the Common Core State Standards through the lens of English language and other uncommon learners. Each chapter is logically organized with many instructional routines or approaches explained and described. Teachers and teacher educators will find that they can succeed with rigorous and relevant learning based on research with students who can most benefit from a nuanced and thoughtful approach to their needs relative to the Common Core.  I found the (Un)Common Reflection Questions especially useful as I think about teaching practices, and the examples provided by teachers who are working to implement the Common Core with diverse learners in their own classrooms contextualized the approaches, templates, and instructional routines so that others may implement them effectively."

Thomas DeVere Wolsey, Program Director
Literacy Specializations, Walden University, Minneapolis, MN

"For years, teachers who teach in grades 6-12 have had little to choose from in terms of ESL professional development, and little to nothing with regard to CCSS. This publication represents a significant advancement in the field on both counts. By combining research-based theory to specific classroom activities, the authors give their readers a comprehensive picture of the topic at hand with significant, usable strategies. This combination allows teachers to use their own professional judgment in adapting strategies to their own classroom needs—there is no one-size-fits-all strategy. The Anticipated Outcomes section in each chapter also gives teachers a great method of anticipating what these strategies will accomplish for them.  The sections on Instructional Challenges will help mainstream teachers see issues that might not be clearly visible in their native English-speaking population. Finally, the emphasis on collaboration is a key component. It has been said that it takes a village to raise a child, and if we are to be successful with the CCSS we must work together as professionals within our educational communities. As more and more responsibilities are heaped on our schools, teachers, administrators, and students, we must create successful collaborations within our communities that bring everyone’s skills to the fore to ensure the academic achievement of all our students."

N. Eleni Pappamihiel, Associate Professor/ TESL Program Coordinator/ELMS Project Director,
University of North Carolina Wilmington

"This is a must have resource for every teacher.  Andrea Honigsfeld and Maria Dove have 'connected the dots' between the Common Core State Standards and the tools to address the needs of diverse students in actual classrooms.  This brilliantly straightforward framework is exactly what teachers have been pleading for.  Building blocks and rigorous models are provided with clarity, thereby empowering teachers to build/adapt their own individual lessons.  Teachers are provided with both exemplars and checklists so they can be creative while knowing they are securely on the correct path.  I have yet to meet the accomplished teacher who didn’t embrace all the tools available to assist them in becoming a more intentional teacher. Common Core for the Not-So-Common Learner, Grades 6-12 is such a tool. "

Annette Shideler, President
A-Net Consulting Services, Ltd., Mt. Sinai, NY
Key features
(1) A reader friendly guide to making the Common Core State Standards for ELA accessible to the "not-so-common learner," i.e., English Learners, Nonstandard English Learners, and other at-risk learners.

(2) Grounded in the research on effective instructional strategies tied to the CCSS for EL's and other at-risk categories of learners.

(3) Addresses all four strands of the ELA standards (reading, writing, speaking, listening) and includes detailed examples of how to implement strategies across secondary grade levels.

(4) For each of the Anchor Standards, the authors have created a series of corresponding Anchor Performances -- skill sets that all students need to be able to do -- and suggest strategies to help diverse students build these skills in order to meet the Standards.

(5) Includes an array of tools and templates to support implementation of selected strategies.

(6) Acknowledges that literacy instruction is a shared responsibility across a school and includes explicit guidance on professional collaboration and co-teaching to promote literacy.

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