Celebrate National Day on Writing on October 19

National Day on WritingOctober 20, 2012, will mark NCTE‘s fourth annual National Day on Writing (U. S. Senate Resolution 565). Because October 20 falls on Saturday this year, NCTE and collaborating organizations are inviting us to celebrate on October 19. This year NCTE is partnering with  The New York Times Learning NetworkNational Writing ProjectMozilla Hive Learning Network NYCEdutopiaNational Novel Writing MonthDigital Learning DayCommon Sense MediaThe College of Saint RosePulitzer Center on Crisis ReportingCreative CommonsSchool Library Journal, and FridayReads to encourage you and your students to take part in a global conversation on Twitter about writing and the role it plays in your life. For ideas about what to post, just click on the links for any of the collaborating sponsors.

If you decide to participate and/or if you decide to invite your students to participate, please post using the hashtag #WhatIWrite (and if space permits, #dayonwriting). The goal is to call attention to the remarkable variety of writing that people from all walks of life engage in across the nation and to recognize the important role writing has in all our lives.

Let’s get #WhatIWrite to be a trending topic on Twitter on Friday!

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EngageNY Publishes Evidence Guide for ELA 6-12

On October 10, 2012, EngageNY published tools to capture evidence of the six shifts in practice necessitated by the adoption of the New York State Common Core Learning Standards for ELA and Literacy. Please take a look at the evidence guide for grades 6-12 to get a clearer idea of the kinds of instructional practices that reflect implementation of the shifts. These guides were developed by Student Achievement Partners.

 

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Fall 2012 National Humanities Center’s America in Class Online Seminars

The National Humanities CenterThe National Humanities Center has released its online seminar schedule for Fall 2012. These seminars are targeted to provide ELA and social studies teachers with professional development to deepen their content knowledge and to promote the teaching of the analytical and close reading skills called for by the Common Core Standards. America in Class seminars, conducted by leading scholars, will address how to use primary source materials such as historical documents, literature, and works of art to explore topics such as slavery in British North American and consumer politics in the American Revolution, to study works of literature such as The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin and Poe’s “The Raven” in context, and to examine how artists depict America–among other topics.

Seminar texts are provided free online.

Seminars typically cost $35 each. Teachers in the Greece Central School District may contact me for a promotional code that will enable you to register for Fall 2012 seminars at no charge.

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Election 2012 Teaching Resources to Address Common Core Standards

The 2012 election process provides educators with a multitude of materials to use to help students meet the Common Core Standards. By examining the election process with students through print, visual, and digital texts, teachers can address virtually all of the standards for reading for informational text, many of the writing standards, and most of the speaking and listening standards.

Here are some resources that I’ve compiled from my personal learning network that may be useful to you as you plan your instruction during this election season.

Ryan Goble, the co-chair of NCTE’s Media and Digital Literacies Collaborative, made me aware of the following resources:

(You may also be interested in checking out the Ning that Ryan maintains, Making Curriculum Pop, or you may want to follow him on Twitter at @_mindblue_ .)

Making Curriculum Pop

From following a link in a posting to the NCTE Connected Community Media Literacy Discussion Group, I discovered Frank Baker’s Media Literacy Clearinghouse and a particular webpage relevant to the election season:

In addition, he has a book devoted to this topic, Political Campaigns and Political Advertising: A Media Literacy Guide.

While on Middle Web, I found the following Resource Roundup:

From my Twitter feed, I learned about the following resources:

From the September 26, 2012 Daily Dulcinea, I became aware of the following materials:

  • An article about the landmark Kennedy-Nixon debate, information about the history of presidential debates, and a link to a resource for transcripts of every presidential debate since 1988findingDulcinea

 The PBS Education e-newsletter shared information about election resources in PBS LearningMedia. This free content library contains lesson plans, videos, audio recordings, and interactive tools.

Please let me know whether you have any other resources you’d like me to add to this posting.

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Rochester Area Literacy Council September 29 Fall Kick-Off

On Saturday, September 29, the Rochester Area Literacy Council (RALC) kicks off its professional development offerings for the 2012-2013 school year.  “Practical Applications of the Common Core” will feature Genesee Valley BOCES Instructional Services Coordinator Molly Corey who will share the New York State Education Department’s vision for implementing the Common Core Learning Standards as well as instructional strategies that work to support implementation. The session will be held at French Road Elementary School in Brighton from 9 a.m. to noon.
Registration for this event is due by Wednesday, September 26, and is $10 for non-members and $5 for members (self-pay). Participants who submit a conference request form may earn professional development hours. For more information, please contact your school’s Professional Development Policy Board Representative.

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OASIS Intergenerational Tutoring Program Launching

This fall we’re launching a volunteer reading tutoring opportunity in partnership with the nationally acclaimed OASIS Intergenerational Tutoring Program. Through this program, volunteers who are 50 or older can devote 30-60 minutes a week to helping a student in kindergarten, first grade, or second grade become a better reader.

We’re interested in matching volunteers with students at the following elementary schools:

  • Autumn Lane
  • Brookside
  • English Village
  • Holmes Road
  • Longridge
  • Paddy Hill
  • Pine Brook
  • West Ridge

If you know of someone 50 or older who loves reading and who wants to help make a difference in a child’s life in our community, please have them contact me and/or encourage them to complete our volunteer application form. No prior teaching experience is necessary. I will provide training and supplies.

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News from PARCC

At the end of August, PARCC released its Home phase 1 item and task prototypes in an effort to provide information to educators and support their transition to preparing students for the forthcoming next-generation, technology-based assessments in 2014-2015. So far the consortium has provided a sampling of ELA passages, items, and rubrics for grades 3, 6, 7, and 10 as well as a PowerPoint presentation to share additional information about these prototypes. Additional samples and rubrics will be developed and posted on their site  in the coming months.

As we begin the 2012-2013 school year, you may want to take a look at these prototypes–even if PARCC has not provided one yet for the grade level you’re teaching. And it’s helpful to look at multiple prototypes to get a sense of how multiple-choice, constructed response, and essay responses are being designed, as not all of these types of items are reflected in the samples for individual grade levels. The samples provided demonstrate a much greater emphasis on using evidence from texts and indicate how students will use the drag-and-drop and highlighting features available with digital text to explicitly cite the evidence for their answers.

I will post more information as it becomes available. In the meantime, I hope you have a great start to the 2012-2013 school year!

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