Authors: Harvey F. Silver, R. Thomas Dewing and Matthew J. Perini
This book is not a guide to the Common Core State Standards. In it, you will not find the story of how the Common Core emerged, a detailed description of what the standards cover, or an explanation of how the standards are organized. For this information, we recommend visiting the Common Core website or, for a deeper look, reading John Kendall’s (2011) Understanding Common Core State Standards.
The Core Six is for educators who already have a strong grasp on the Common Core and are eager to do something about it. In this book, we offer a collection of research-based strategies that will help teachers and students respond to the demands of the Common Core, particularly the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects, which are a “shared responsibility within the school” (National Governors Association Center for Best Practices [NGA Center], Council of Chief State School Officers [CCSSO], 2010a, p. 4) and affect every subject area and grade level.
Regular use of the strategies in this book will help students become better at
- Reading and understanding rigorous texts.
- Evaluating evidence and using it to support positions.
- Conducting comparative analyses.
- Finding important patterns and structures built into content.
- Mastering academic vocabulary and integrating it into speech and writing.
- Understanding and contributing to meaningful discussions about content.
- Using writing to advance learning and clarify thinking.
- Writing comfortably in the key Common Core text types: arguments, informative/explanatory texts, and narratives.
(Full text for this book is not available online.)