Out of This World Literacy : ELA Summer Book Club Chapter 10 (last one!)
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ELA Summer Book Club Chapter 10 (last one!)

Hello friends!


I am so excited to wrap up this amazing summer book study!  There has been some great conversations regarding the ELA Common Core for grades 3-5.  If you missed any, check out these other posts!
I thought it might be fun to create a K-W-L-W list based on Chapter 10.  Feel free to add ideas to my list as you comment.  I especially am interested in what others are thinking about my wonderings!!


W- (What I Know)                 

There are 10 Reading Literature and Reading Informational Standards per grade.
There are 3 separate writing pieces each grade needs to complete (informational, opinion, and narrative)
The standards require higher level thinking skills as they go up the grade levels.
Most of the standards require students to be reflective readers.
The standards seem like they could apply to several different types of lessons.
They are consistently worded across grade levels, like a continuum.

W- (What I Want to Know)

Is there a recommended sequence in teaching each standard throughout the year?
How much time should teachers invest in each standard?
How can teachers incorporate more than one standard across subjects in there lessons?
How do the standards support differentiated instruction to ensure all students are learning?
What types of assessment formats best match the standards?

L- (What I Learned)

The CCSS present a shift in thinking.  They move away from separating reading standards and include elements of these standards (phonics, vocabulary, fluency, comprehension) across all ELA standards.
Thematic instruction has pros: going deeper with content, saving time, making connections, kids become highly engaged.
Thematic Instruction has cons: keeping the learning relevant to the curriculum, limited texts selected just to support theme and not reading/writing skills, may lack explicit instruction.
The CCSS are moving for more teaching for content at the elementary level.
The CCSS are moving for more teaching of strategies at the secondary level.
Thematic topics that are too broad skim the surface of too many ideas…no deep learning occurs.

W- (What I Still Wonder)

How can teachers incorporate science and social studies standards into writing and reading classes without turning the lesson into a science/social studies lesson?  In other words, how can teachers ensure they are still teaching writing/reading strategies and not just teaching the content in a science/social studies text?
How does project based learning look with the new CCSS?
What types of assessment formats best match the standards?
Where is the balance between content instruction and strategy instruction?
I would love to hear your thoughts about implementing the CCSS in your ELA classrooms!  Thank you for reading this blog.  I wish you all the best of luck in the new school year!!!
Jen Bengel


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