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eText: 
ISBN-10 0133599256ISBN-13 9780133599251
Print: 
ISBN-10 0-13-336353-8ISBN-13 978-0-13-336353-1
Author(s): Maureen McLaughlin
Publisher: Pearson
Copyright year: © 2015 Pages: 208
Description

Practical help for ensuring that students are ready for college and their careers, arming teachers with essential information about the Common Core, insights into the current standards, practical classroom strategies, and real-life vignettes from Common Core-aligned classrooms.

The Series:

This book is part of the Pearson Education series: Inside the Common Core Classroom: Practical ELA Strategies. This series has been written for in-service teachers to support their implementation of the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts in K - 12 classrooms. 

The authors have organized the four books (PreK-2; Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8 and Grades 9-12) so they can be used together –encouraging focused discussion and analysis.  The purpose of the series is to help teachers create connections between the Standards and their school curriculums. Each book begins with an overview by the series editor, Donna Ogle, and includes chapters on comprehension, writing, research and language. Examples are provided of instructional strategies and tools that help address the standards. Teachers at different grade levels can read about the particular expectations for their level with appropriate examples and instructional suggestions.  Then, in discussions together, each can learn from teachers at other levels and think through how to create the most supportive instructional sequence and organization by themes and content units. This authoritative new series focuses on the most important aspects of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).

This authoritative new series focuses on the most important aspects of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for ELA and provides a set of instructional strategies and tools to help teachers align their classrooms to the standards. A testament to the series’ reliability, most of the strategies and tools have been tested by teachers and research studies, while others are variations on well-established instructional practices that reflect the new requirements of the CCSS. Each book begins with an overview by series editor Donna Ogle, who discusses the origin of the Common Core initiative and chronicles its development and implementation. The series is comprised of four books designed specifically for grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12.

The Book:

The grade 6-8 volume of Pearson’s new series, Inside the Common Core Classroom: Practical ELA Strategies, is structured to provide essential information about the Common Core initiative, insights into the current standards, practical classroom strategies, and vignettes from Common Core-aligned classrooms. Examples from real-life classrooms are included in every chapter, along with a variety of teaching strategies and applications. An interdisciplinary unit on climate change pulls the book together with content area-specific teaching suggestions, sample lesson plans, an assessment and evaluation plan, a culminating activity, and a rich collection of additional resources. Practical ELA Strategies for Grades 6-8 is an indispensable guide for all who teach in grades six through eight, as well as curriculum directors, reading specialists, literacy coaches, and school administrators.

This ready-to-use, easy-to-understand resource:

  • Focuses on the Common Core in grades six through eight.

  • Explores standards for reading comprehension and vocabulary.

  • Covers the Common Core speaking and listening standards.

  • Features an interdisciplinary unit on climate change in the concluding appendix.

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