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Common Core for the Not-So-Common Learner, Grades K-5
English Language Arts Strategies



© 2013 | 232 pages | Corwin

The strategies you need to teach common standards to diverse learners

The elementary years are a critical opportunity to help students of all backgrounds meet the demands of the Common Core Standards. In this realistic, thorough book, Maria Dove and Andrea Honigsfeld show how to help every K-5 student, including English Learners, students with disabilities, speakers of nonstandard English, and other struggling learners, meet the Common Core Standards for English Language Arts (ELA).

Educators will find an adaptable approach that ensures all students develop lasting language skills. This resource

  • Familiarizes readers with each of the Common Core's 32 ELA anchor standards
  • Outlines the specific skills that students need to master each standard
  • Presents a wealth of flexible teaching strategies and instructional tools aligned to each anchor standard 
  • Includes guidance on collaboration and co-teaching for student success

Common Core for the Not-So-Common Learner is the standards-based ELA resource that elementary teachers have been waiting for!

"Each anchor standard in all five domains is fully explained with practical, engaging activities that can add fun and learning to any classroom. Readers will feel supported and energized for the challenges ahead, with a toolkit for meeting the needs of all learners."
—Elizabeth Gennosa, English/AIS Teacher
Sagamore Middle School, Holtsville, NY

"Here's a resource that will make your teaching life easier and support those learners in your classroom who worry you the most."
—Dolores Hennessy, Reading Specialist
Hill and Plain School, New Milford, CT

 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
1. Introduction
Who Are Our Not So Common Learners?  
The Standards Movement  
Common Core Advances  
Application of the Common Core to Address Individual Differences  
Student Diversity and Teacher Challenges  
What Is Not Covered in the Common Core Document  
Focus on Research-Based Strategies to Address Learning Needs  
 
2. Strategies for Academic Language Development
Why Diverse Learners Need Explicit Instruction in Academic Language?  
Core Language and Vocabulary Strategies  
Vocabulary Acquisition and Use  
Knowledge and Application of Language  
Conventions of Standard English  
Anticipated Outcomes  
Instructional Challenges  
Promising Classroom Practices  
Common Core Standards—(Un)Common Reflection Questions  
Key Resources  
 
3. Reading Strategies for Literature
Why Teaching Diverse Learners Reading Strategies Promotes Comprehension of Literary Texts  
Core Reading Strategies  
Key Ideas and Details  
Craft and Structure  
Integration of Knowledge and Ideas  
Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity  
Anticipated Outcomes  
Instructional Challenges  
Promising Classroom Practices  
Common Core Standards—(Un)Common Reflection Questions  
Key Resources  
 
4. Reading Strategies for Informational Texts
Why Teaching Diverse Learners Reading Strategies Promotes Comprehension of Informational Texts  
Core Reading Strategies  
Key Ideas and Details  
Craft and Structure  
Integration of Knowledge and Ideas  
Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity  
Anticipated Outcomes  
Instructional Challenges  
Promising Classroom Practices  
Common Core Standards—(Un)Common Reflection Questions  
Key Resources  
 
5. Reading Foundational Skills
Why Explicit Instruction in Basic Literacy Skills is Necessary?  
Core Reading Strategies  
Print Concepts  
Phonological Awareness  
Phonics and Word Recognition  
Fluency  
Anticipated Outcomes  
Instructional Challenges  
Promising Classroom Practices  
Common Core Standards—(Un)Common Reflection Questions  
Key Resources  
 
6. Writing Strategies
Why Explicit Strategy Instruction Improves the Writing of Diverse Learners  
Core Writing Strategies  
Text Types and Purposes  
Production and Distribution of Writing  
Research to Build and Present Knowledge  
Range of Writing  
Anticipated Outcomes  
Instructional Challenges  
Promising Classroom Practices  
Common Core Standards—(Un)Common Reflection Questions  
Key Resources  
 
7. Speaking and Listening Strategies
Why Speaking and Listening Skills Improve the Overall Academic  
Development of Diverse Learners  
Core Speaking and Listening Strategies  
Comprehension and Collaboration  
Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas  
Anticipated Outcomes  
Instructional Challenges  
Promising Classroom Practices  
Common Core Standards—(Un)Common Reflection Questions  
Key Resources  
 
8. Key to Successful Implementation: Collaborative Strategies
Why Collaborative Practices Help Meet the Common Core  
Core Collaborative Strategies  
Instructional  
Curriculum Mapping and Alignment  
Joint Instructional Planning  
Parallel Teaching  
Co-developing Instructional Materials  
Collaborative Assessment  
Co-teaching  
Noninstructional  
Joint Professional Development  
Teacher Research  
Joint Parent-Teacher Conferences and Report Card Writing  
Planning, Facilitating, and Participating in Extracurricular Activities  
Anticipated Outcomes  
Challenges  
Common Core Collaborations—(Un)Common Reflection Questions  
Key Resources  
 
References
 
Index

"No stone was left unturned in this text. All the best researchers and practitioners are included in this clear, succinct guide which unpacks the Standards and gives outstanding suggestions for best literacy practice. Each anchor standard in all five domains is fully explained with practical, engaging activities that can add fun and learning to any classroom. Readers will feel supported and energized for the challenges ahead, with a toolkit for meeting the needs of all learners."

Elizabeth Gennosa, English/AIS Teacher
Sagamore Middle School, Holtsville, NY

"Here's a resource that will make your teaching life easier and support those learners in your classroom who worry you the most. This book is full of great strategies based on research and aligned with the Common Core. Strategies at your fingertips to provide you with less stress and worry, plus you will have students who are meeting with success."

Dolores Hennessy, Reading Specialist
Hill and Plain School, New Milford, CT

"This book provides timely, practical assistance for addressing the needs of our unique learners during this time of rigorous standards-based instruction. One can use these samples and ideas immediately in his/her K-5 classroom!"

Catherine Alaimo Stickney, Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment
Ashland Public Schools, Ashland, MA

"Here's a book that can help teachers and administrators alike to meet the pressing need we all have to increase our repertoire of practical, research-supported strategies, if we are to enable all learners to meet the challenging requirements embedded in the new Common Core Standards. Dove and Honigsfeld's book is timely and immensely user friendly. We will absolutely not be able to "do" the Common Core on our own; Common Core for the Not-So-Common Learner, Grades K-5 will serve us well as a partner in enhancing our professional practice in ways that will support all of our students, not just those who have been targeted as high needs."

Joan Daly-Lewis, President
jdl Socratic Solutions, Jefferson, NY

"Andrea and Maria have the unique gift of interpreting the research and translating into action for teachers. In this book, they outline in easy to understand language the instructional practices teachers need to engage in when implementing the Common Core with the 'not so common learners'. They have taken Collaboration to a new level of understanding for teachers who teach the 'not so common learner' and who want to take their English Learners to high levels of critical thinking and language development in the implementation of the Common Core."

Maria Montalvo-Balbed, Program Director for ELL Programs
Metro RESA, Smyra, GA
Key features
  • A reader friendly guide to making the Common Core State Standards for ELA accessible to the "not-so-common learner," i.e., English Learners, Nonstandard English Learners, Students with Disabilities, and other at-risk learners.
  • Grounded in the research on effective instructional strategies tied to the CCSS for ELLs and other at-risk categories of learners.
  • Addresses all four skills of the ELA standards (reading, writing, speaking, listening) and includes detailed examples of how to implement strategies across elementary grade levels.
  • For each of the Anchor Standards, the authors have created a series of corresponding Anchor Performances—skill sets that all students need to know and be able to do—and suggest strategies to help diverse students build these skills in order to meet the standards. 
  • Includes an array of tools and templates to support implementation of selected strategies. 
  • Acknowledges that literacy instruction is a shared responsibility across a school and includes explicit guidance on professional collaboration and co-teaching to promote literacy.

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ISBN: 9781452257822