The Common Core Companion: The Standards Decoded, Grades 3-5: What They Say, What They Mean, How to Teach Them

The Common Core Companion: The Standards Decoded, Grades 3-5: What They Say, What They Mean, How to Teach Them

by Leslie A. Blauman, James R. Burke

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With the click of a mouse, anyone has access to the standards. So aligning our instruction should be a snap. If only it were that simple . . .  Jim Burke anticipated the challenges and developed the Common Core Companion series for K-12. In his next smart move, he deferred to the talents of Leslie Blauman to be author of the 3-5 volume.

What makes Leslie Blauman’s Common Core Companion "that version of the standards you wish you had"? It’s the way Leslie translates each and every standard for reading, writing, speaking and listening, language, and foundational skills into the day-to-day "what you do": lesson ideas, best literacy practices, grouping configurations, adaptations for ELL, anchor charts, and so much more.

The wisdom and how-to’s are all here, page by page:

  • The standards for literature and informational texts put side by side for easier planning
  • Teaching ideas for each standard
  • Recommendations on how to cultivate the habits of mind that are critical to meeting the standards, including interpersonal skills, collaboration, and perseverance
  • A glossary of academic language for each standard with adaptations for ELL students
  • An online bank of graphic organizers, student reproducibles, sample classroom charts, rubrics, and photos
  • Reproducible planning templates for each standard to help you map out lessons, select books, generate key questions, and more

With 30 years of classroom experience and consulting in schools nationwide, Leslie Blauman brings to this book a keen eye for what teachers need in order to get students in the intermediate grades ready as readers, writers, thinkers, and learners capable of meeting the Common Core’s rising expectations in middle school. Leslie’s classroom is a working model for child/staff development in reading, writing, and critical thinking in collaboration with the Public Education&Business Coalition (PEBC).

"When considering the CCSS, we need to remember that teachers do not teach standards. Teachers teach kids! A classroom teacher who mixes it up with kids every day, Leslie Blauman teaches as if her hair′s on fire"
Coauthor of
The Comprehension Toolkit

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781483366630
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 03/28/2014
Series: Corwin Literacy
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 635,963
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Leslie Blauman has been teaching reading and literacy in the Colorado public schools for over 30 years. Leslie’s classroom is a working model for child/staff development in reading, writing, and critical thinking. Partnering with the Denver-based Public Education and Business Coalition (PEBC), her classroom is frequently the subject of professional workshops, classroom reading enhancement films, and education journals.  While she works with teachers and students in a majority of the states and internationally as a consultant, her heart is in the classroom and she brings this to both her writing and her consulting.  She speaks regularly at teacher/literacy conferences and workshops. 

A longtime English teacher, Jim Burke is the author of more than 20 books and senior consultant for the Holt McDougal Literature program. Jim has received several awards, including the 2000 NCTE Exemplary English Leadership Award. In 2009, he created the English Companion Ning—the largest online community of English teachers in the world. More recently, Jim has served on the AP English Course and Exam Review Commission and the PARCC Consortium.

Table of Contents

Preface by Jim Burke
Introduction: Getting to the Core of the Curriculum
Key Principles and Additional Teaching Strategies for English Language Learners 3-5
Quick Reference: Common Core State Standards, K-12 English Language Arts
The Complete Common Core State Standards: Decoded
Part 1. Reading
Key Ideas and Details
Craft and Structure
Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity
Part 2. Writing
Text Types and Purposes
Production and Distribution of Writing
Research to Build and Present Knowledge
Range of Writing
Part 3. Speaking and Listening
Comprehension and Collaboration
Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas
Part 4. Language
Conventions of Standard English
Knowledge of Language
Vocabulary Acquisition and Use
Part 5. Reading Standards: Foundational Skills
Phonics and Word Recognition
Resource A. Common Core Recommended Reading Lists
Resource B. Text Complexity Tool
Resource C. Planning Calendar Templates

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