Common Core IRL: In Real Libraries 2014

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Common Core IRL: In Real Libraries -- presentation to the American Library Association Annual Conference 2014.

Libraries can play an essential role in helping students, teachers and families find nonfiction that gradually increases in text complexity. But what does the ladder of complexity really mean? How do we evaluate reading complexity in nonfiction texts? And how do librarians engage with their communities to provide their expertise?

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Common Core IRL: In Real Libraries 2014

  1. 1. ALA Annual Conference June 29, 2014
  2. 2. Meet the CC IRL Team Mary Ann Scheuer: School Librarian, Emerson Elementary School (California) greatkidbooks.blogspot.com Alyson Beecher: Literacy Specialist, Pasedena Unified School District (California) kidlitfrenzy.com Louise Capizzo: Youth Services Librarian, Scarborough Public Library (Maine) nonfictiondetectives.com Cathy Potter: School Librarian, Falmouth Elementary School (Maine) nonfictiondetectives.com
  3. 3. Online access to presentation http://bit.ly/ccirl2014
  4. 4. What’s our attitude? CatnipComic by Jeff Hoyle
  5. 5. Our Goal in Starting CC: IRL ● add library expertise to evaluating educational resources ● deepen our understanding of the ladder of complexity ● provide an alternative to prescriptive curriculum kits
  6. 6. Informational Reading “50-50 balance between informational and literary reading” "Key Shifts in English Language Arts." Common Core State Standards Initiative. Web. June 2014.
  7. 7. Informational Text... “Includes biographies and autobiographies; books about history, social studies, science, and the arts; technical texts... and digital sources on a range of topics.” "English Language Arts Standards » Standard 10: Range, Quality, & Complexity » Range of Text Types for K-5." Common Core State Standards Initiative. Web. June 2014.
  8. 8. Expository - explains, describes, informs
  9. 9. Narrative - reads like a story
  10. 10. Persuasive - argues a position
  11. 11. Descriptive - uses sensory details
  12. 12. Poetic - presents information through poems
  13. 13. Understanding Reading Levels Comparing different systems: ● What do they measure? ● Which do our schools use? ● How do we estimate with new books?
  14. 14. Smith III, Malbert, Anne Schiano, and Elizabeth Lattanzio (2014). “Beyond the Classroom: How Lexile Measures are Being Used in the Library to Achieve College and Career Readiness.” Knowledge Quest. 42(3):20-29. Understanding Reading Levels “No tool can replace the professional judgment of a teacher, parent or librarian in helping students select books”
  15. 15. Ladder of Complexity read alouds digital resources
  16. 16. Factors that Contribute to Complexity
  17. 17. Print Factors ● Size of print ● Style of font ● Space between lines ● Width of margins Elizabeth Carney, Frogs! (National Geographic, 2009) Copyrighted material. All rights reserved.
  18. 18. Print Factors Pamela S. Turner, The Frog Scientist (Houghton Mifflin, 2009)
  19. 19. Layout ● visually conveys information ● uses plenty of white space ● eye flows in natural line Pamela S. Turner, The Frog Scientist (Houghton Mifflin, 2009)
  20. 20. Vocabulary Definitions - Vocabulary - Glossary Don’t they just mean the same thing? Book Looking by Nemo
  21. 21. Some books create a separate box for key terms and the corresponding definitions. This book calls them “Titanic Terms.” Melissa Stewart, Titanic (National Geographic, 2012) Copyrighted material. All rights reserved. Definitions
  22. 22. Another text feature: a key word is bolded with the definition embedded in the text. Lori Coleman, Girls' Soccer: Going for the Goal (Capstone, 2007) Definitions
  23. 23. Some books include key terms or specialized vocabulary in a glossary at the end. This National Geographic Reader uses a picture glossary. Elizabeth Carney, Frogs! (National Geographic, 2009) Copyrighted material. All rights reserved. Glossary
  24. 24. Text Features & Visual Elements Marty Crump, The Mystery of Darwin’s Frog (Boyds Mill Press, 2013)
  25. 25. Nicola Davies, One Tiny Turtle (Candlewick, 2001)
  26. 26. Text Features & Visual Elements Lori Coleman, Girls' Soccer: Going for the Goal (Capstone, 2007)
  27. 27. Putting It All Together Stephen Person, Devastated by a Volcano! (Bearport, 2010) Look for scaffolding features like: ● captions ● diagrams ● headings
  28. 28. Melissa Stewart, Titanic (National Geographic, 2012) Copyrighted material. All rights reserved.
  29. 29. Sean Stewart Price, The Kids’ Guide to Titanic (Capstone, 2012)
  30. 30. Stephanie S. McPherson, Iceberg, Right Ahead! The Tragedy of the Titanic (Twenty First Century Books, 2011)
  31. 31. Read Alouds Provide learners with basic knowledge and build close listening skills for texts students may not be able to read independently.
  32. 32. Digital Resources E-Books Book Apps Video
  33. 33. Supporting Teachers & Students The school librarian arranged an author visit with nonfiction author, Melissa Stewart. Share your expertise and resources
  34. 34. Building Connections public librarians + school librarians = a strong partnership Family Comunity Patchwork by Geralt
  35. 35. Book Gap Challenge What’s missing from your collection? What do we need to read & review more? Puzzled people by Microsoft Clipart
  36. 36. Online access Common Core IRL: In Real Libraries Find our presentation here: http://bit.ly/ccirl2014 Resources to share: Common Core IRL: Baseball http://www.slideshare.net/maryannscheuer/common-core-irl-baseball Common Core IRL: Frogs http://www.slideshare.net/maryannscheuer/frogs-cc-irl
  37. 37. Works Cited Carney, Elizabeth. Frogs! Washington, D.C.: National Geographic, 2009. Coleman, Lori. Girls' Soccer: Going for the Goal. Mankato, MN: Capstone, 2007. Crump, Marty, Edel Rodriguez, and Steve Jenkins. The Mystery of Darwin’s Frog. Honesdale, PA: Boyds Mill Press, 2013. Davies, Nicola and Jane Chapman. One Tiny Turtle. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick, 2001. "English Language Arts Standards » Standard 10: Range, Quality, & Complexity » Range of Text Types for K-5." Common Core State Standards Initiative. Web. June 2014. "Key Shifts in English Language Arts." Common Core State Standards Initiative. Web. June 2014. McPherson, Stephanie Sammartino. Iceberg Right Ahead!: The Tragedy of the Titanic. Minneapolis, MN: Twenty-First Century Books, 2011. Person, Stephen. Devastated by a Volcano! New York: Bearport Pub., 2010. Price, Sean. The Kids' Guide to Titanic. North Mankato, MN: Capstone, 2012. Smith III, Malbert, Anne Schiano, and Elizabeth Lattanzio (2014). “Beyond the Classroom: How Lexile Measures are Being Used in the Library to Achieve College and Career Readiness.” Knowledge Quest. 42(3):20-29. Stewart, Melissa. Titanic. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic, 2012. Turner, Pamela S., and Andy Comins. The Frog Scientist. Boston: Houghton Mifflin for Children, 2009.
  38. 38. Contact Information Mary Ann Scheuer- @maryannscheuer greatkidbooks@gmail.com Alyson Beecher-@alybee930 kidlitfrenzy@gmail.com Louise Capizzo- @lcapizzo thenonfictiondetectives@yahoo.com Cathy Potter- @cppotter thenonfictiondetectives@yahoo.com

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