The Core Six: Essential Strategies for Achieving Excellence with the Common Core

Book, English Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies, Grade 1, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, and Kindergarten, Elementary, High, and Middle,

Authors: Harvey F. Silver, R. Thomas Dewing and Matthew J. Perini

ISBN# 978-1-4166-1475-3

Publisher: ASCD

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.)

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