Monthly Archives: September 2012

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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First Freedom Student Competition

The First Freedom Center, a non-profit, non-political, non-denominational organization based in Richmond, Virginia, and dedicated to advancing the fundamental human rights of freedom of religion and freedom of conscience, is announcing its 20th annual First Freedom Student Competition. This national essay and video contest offers students in grades 9 through 12 with an opportunity to compete for $2,500 awards as they examine the First Amendment and the history and implementation of freedom of religion and conscience in American democracy and the world today. Students then present their evaluation in written essay or video format.

This year’s topic introduces students to George Washington’s famous Letter to the Hebrew Congregation in Newport, Rhode Island of 1790, where he addresses a new standard for religious freedom and religious equality for citizens of the young nation. Students will identify the basic principles of religious liberty espoused in this primary document and will research and assess how well the United States has lived up to Washington’s ideal. For the complete topic, essay and video guidelines, registration, classroom poster, student flyer and other details, visit First Freedom Student Competition 2012/2013.

Students must register online on or before Monday, November 12, 2012, and the postmark deadline for mailing the essay or video with its accompanying entry materials is Monday, November 26, 2012. Winners will be announced on Thomas Jefferson’s birthday, April 13, 2013.

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