Posts tagged with CCSS

Making recall tasks complicated is not “complexity”

October2

Proving a point I’ve been trying to make for a while about CCSS ELA, Tom Hoffman takes a look at his daughter’s homework: Of course, the right answer is “Was that there yesterday?” which you’d know if you read the text. Really the problem is just that the question does not refer specifically to the […]

Week in Class: Week 33 Primary Documents

May17

Since we’ve finished with our Language Arts text for the year, I’ve been trying to implement a “replacement” unit for Common Core featuring closed readings. The examples modeled centered on short stories or poetry, but I’ve opted to use primary documents. One of the best resources I’ve found is an older compilation of “essential” speeches, […]

Richard Dawkins loses the argument, while Neil deGrasse Tyson persuades…

May12

One of the questions that comes up with CCSS-ELA writing is,  “What the heck is ‘argumentative’ writing, and is that just a new buzz-word for persuasive writing?” We’re assured that NO, it is not the same thing, and as with reading, will require that one sticks to the facts because (according to some) no one cares […]

Common Core Mathematics

March24

This is in response to Mercedes Deutsch’s call for input from teachers on our experience with Common Core Mathematics

Human Rights lesson done right…

March14

So way back, in the dim mist of time (before winter break), I finished a unit on human rights loosely based on an idea from a really poorly executed unit that I first heard about here. The unit had students reading the novel Esperanza Rising, while looking at her life through the lens of a legal […]

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