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Your Literacy Standards Companion, Grades 3-5

Your Literacy Standards Companion, Grades 3-5
What They Mean and How to Teach Them

  • Leslie Blauman - National and International Literacy Consultant
  • Jim Burke - Burlingame High School, Burlingame, CA

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Elementary English | Literacy

© 2017 | 392 pages | Corwin

Standards-based learning just got a lot easier

In this resource, the authors provide 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 for implementing the standards, translating each and every standard for reading, writing, speaking and listening, language, and foundational skills into day-to-day “what you do”—lesson ideas, best literacy practices, group configurations, adaptations for ELLs, and more.

It’s all here, page by page:

  • The standards for literature and informational texts put side by side for easier planning
  • Teaching ideas for each standard, with adaptations for ELLs
  • Recommendations on how to cultivate the habits of mind that are critical to meeting the standards including interpersonal skills, collaboration, and perseverance
  • A glossary of academic language for each standard
  • An online bank of graphic organizers, student reproducibles, sample classroom charts, and rubrics
  • Reproducible planning template for each standard to help you map out lessons, select books, generate key questions, and more

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. 

Introduction: Turning Standards Into Daily Teaching
Key Principles and Additional Teaching Strategies for English Language Learners 3–5
Quick Reference: Common Core State Standards, K–12 English Language Arts
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 media and formats  
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  
Part 5. Reading Standards: Foundational Skills
Phonics and Word Recognition
3. Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words  
4. Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension  
Resource A. Common Core Recommended Reading Lists
Resource B. Text Complexity Tool
Resource C. Planning Calendar Templates

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