Common Core State Standards: a presentation for the California Library Association


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Common Core State Standards: Supporting new standards for elementary students

This presentation was developed for a webinar hosted by the California Library Association. My goal is to introduce public librarians to the key elements of the Common Core and show how we can support students, teachers and families.

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Common Core State Standards: a presentation for the California Library Association

  1. 1. Common Core State Standards Supporting the new standards for elementary students by Mary Ann Scheuer Berkeley Unified School District April 2014 Twitter: @MaryAnnScheuer
  2. 2. What are the Common Core State Standards (CCSS)? The Common Core is a set of high-quality academic standards in mathematics and English language arts/literacy (ELA). These learning goals outline what a student should know and be able to do at the end of each grade. source:
  3. 3. What’s our attitude? CatnipComic by Jeff Hoyle
  4. 4. Adoption & Implementation ❖ 44 states have adopted the CCSS ❖ California adopted in 2012 ❖ Implementation plan available through CDE ❖ School districts are juggling both curriculum and assessment
  5. 5. Skills Assessment It’s half full by Jessica C.
  6. 6. Libraries provide essential support New wheel by Ian Turk Nonfiction Primary sources Databases e-books Research skills Reading levels fiction content
  7. 7. Key shifts in the Common Core ELA ❖ Reading more nonfiction ❖ Gradually increasing text complexity ❖ Using primary sources ❖ Learning academic vocabulary Antique key by Microsoft Clipartfor more information, see EngageNY
  8. 8. Reading more nonfiction Balancing informational and literary text, K-5 Developing knowledge in the disciplines, 6-12 Grade Literary Informational K-5 50% 50% 6-8 45% 55% 9-12 30% 70%
  9. 9. Librarians provide essential help Wow, by Jip Jin Lee Dad… this is BORING, by Mike Nonfiction can be interesting! Textbooks ARE boring!
  10. 10. Key Standard: Informational Text ● Craft and structure ○ “Know and use various text features” ● headings ● captions ● bold print ● subheadings ● index ● glossary Goldfish, by Anita Ganeri Capstone, 2009
  11. 11. Text Features ● headings ● captions ● bold print ● diagrams ● index ● glossary Devastated by a Volcano, by Stephen Person Bearport, 20010
  12. 12. Key Standard: Informational Text ● Craft and structure ○ “Identify the main purpose of a text”
  13. 13. Key Standard: Literature & Informational Text ● Range of reading levels ○ “Staircase of complexity”
  14. 14. Understanding reading levels Comparing different systems ○ What do they measure? ○ Which do our schools use? ○ How do we estimate with new books?
  15. 15. Understanding reading levels ➢ Vocabulary length ➢ Sentence complexity ➢ Narrative structure Emotional complexity is another matter Lego DNA, by Michael Knowles
  16. 16. Resources to learn more ❖ California Department of Education ❖ EngageNY - especially video library (ELA overview) ❖ ALSC Common Core Resources ❖ SLJ webinar archives ❖ Blog features like Common Core IRL
  17. 17. Questions? Mary Ann Scheuer Berkeley Unified School District ➢ ➢ Twitter: @MaryAnnScheuer ➢ Great Kid Books http: // Puzzled people by Microsoft Clipart