So, while some parents around my state of Louisiana were protesting the Common Core by keeping their kids out of school on Monday (you DO NOT want to get me started on that one), I spent two days this week at an SDE Conference on Common Core State Standards for Grades 6-12. Mwahahahaha. You see what I did there?
The conference was SO fabulous and I learned SO much that I am still synthesizing it all. For today, I’m going to tell you about 5 fabulous resources I learned about that YOU should know about, too!
Adlit.org is where you will find many resources that deal with adolescent literacy and teaching reading in grades 4-12. My favorite features of the site:
- Click “Common Core Classroom” on the left to view exemplar literacy lessons that are aligned with Common Core. The “magic” part is that you can view videos of teachers actually implementing these lessons!
- Click “Books & Authors” to watch exclusive video interviews with top YA authors. There’s also an Author Study Toolkit to help you use those videos. So, which authors will you find? There are MANY, but here are a few:
- Laurie Halse Anderson
- Lois Lowry
- Christopher Paul Curtis
- Gennifer Cholkdenko
- Rodman Philbrick
- Rick Riordan
- Jeff Kinney
- Kate DiCamillo
- Katherine Patterson
Alright. So this chick did the opening keynote at the conference, and I loved her instantly. She’s got a no-nonsense approach to giving advice for us teachers, and I love her for it. She began by telling us that she is the “Common Core Whore,” and I’m like, “What!” because *I* wish I had thought of it first. I highly recommend her Videos section (top right link) for some no-nonsense, cut-the-bull advice. I suggest starting with “Using Technology to Improve Literacy Skills.” While you’re there, go ahead and follow her on Facebook. You’ll be glad you did!
This website is actually the most important of the 5 I’ve listed here, so don’t let its middle placement fool you! Am I the only one who feels like I’m constantly defending the Common Core and having to explain it to family members and parents who have been misinformed by the paranoid conservative media? Well, this website lays it ALL OUT. Let me tell you. It’s so simple and to-the-point that even your most stubbornly IGNORANT relatives will be able to understand these concepts. My opinions about Common Core are so strong that my husband has actually BANNED ME from discussing it with anyone in any setting at any time. I.Heart.This.Site.
Some of the resources on TNCore.org are only for Tennessee teachers, requiring a username and password, but I found some diamonds there anyway! Click on English Language Arts, Curricular Resources, your grade level, and then Close Reading Tasks. VOILA! You’re welcome! 😀