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Reading List: Best Books for Common Core
posted by: Cindy Omlin | November 18, 2013, 03:03 PM   


Pathways to the Common Core: Accelerating Achievement

book1Lucy Calkins, Mary Ehrenworth, and Christopher Lehman



Designed for teachers, school leaders, and professional learning communities looking to navigate the gap between their current literacy practices and the ideals of the Common Core, Pathways to the Common Core will help you:
* understand what the standards say, suggest, and what they don’t say;
* recognize the guiding principles that underpin the reading and writing standards;
* identify how the Common Core’s infrastructure supports a spiraling K–12 literacy curriculum; and
* scrutinize the context in which the CCSS were written and are being unrolled.

Notice and Note: Strategies for Close Reading
book2Kylene Beers & Robert E. Probst



In Notice and Note Kylene Beers and Bob Probstintroduce 6 “signposts” that alert readers to significant moments in a work of literature and encourage students to read closely. Learning first to spot these signposts and then to question them, enables readers to explore the text, any text, finding evidence to support their interpretations. In short, these close reading strategies will help your students to notice

The Common Core Companion: The Standards Decoded Series
Jim Burke

Sage Publishing


All over the nation, teachers and administrators are poring over the Common Core State Standards to come up with meaningful plans for raising student achievement.  But as clear as the standards are, they are more of a sundial than a GPS for pinpointing just what to teach and how to teach it.

Enter Jim Burke with The Common Core Companion: The Standards Decoded. It’s that version of the standards you wish you had: a roadmap of what each English Language Arts standard says, what each standard means, and how precisely to put that standard into day-to-day practice across English Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects.


Math Sense: The Look, Sound, and Feel of Effective Instruction

Christine Moynihan

Stenhouse Publishers


How is that you can walk into a classroom and gain an overall sense of the quality of math instruction taking place there? What contributes to getting that sense? In Math Sense, Chris Moynihan explores some of the components that comprise the look, sound, and feel of effective teaching and learning. Does the landscape of the classroom feature such items as student work samples, a math literature collection, and a number line? Do the lessons include wait time, checks for understanding, and written feedback? Do you feel a spirit of collaboration, risk taking, and a sense of pride?



Mathematics, the Common Core, and RTI:  An Integrated Approach to Teaching in Today's Classrooms

Dolores Burton, John Kappenberg

Sage Publishing


By now, most teachers have a shelf full of books, articles, and reports on the Common Core and RTI. But where’s the resource that addresses how the two fit together? Individually, the Common Core and RTI are formidable enough. Together, they create a “perfect storm” of challenges, with most teachers left wondering where to turn first.  Finally, here’s a guide that distills the central elements of the Common Core and RTI into a single, manageable resource that provides strategies for serving all students.




Originally posted by Melissa at AAE

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