Notes from the Common Core on Reading:
To become college and career ready, students must grapple with works of exceptional craft and thought whose range extends across genres, cultures, and centuries.
Such works offer profound insights into the human condition and serve as models for students’ own thinking and writing.
Along with high-quality contemporary works, these texts should be chosen from among seminal U.S. documents, the classics of American literature, and the timeless dramas of Shakespeare.
Through wide and deep reading of literature and literary nonfiction of steadily increasing sophistication, students gain a reservoir of literary and cultural knowledge, references, and images; the ability to evaluate intricate arguments; and the capacity to surmount the challenges posed by complex texts.
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Grammar Practice: http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/adventure/grammar1.htm
Wordly Wise Midterm Practice: http://quizlet.com/18335218/wordly-wise-book-9-english-midterm-flash-cards/ren
Essay Scorer: http://www.essayscorer.com/cgi-bin/phes/login.cgi
PARCC Assessment Practice: http://www.parcconline.org/computer-based-samples
Subjects & Predicates: http://www.towson.edu/ows/exercises/Simple_Subjects_and_Simple_Predicates_Ex4.aspx
I Am Malala Lit Circle Work http://www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/malala-yousafzai-pakistan-taliban-rights-discussion.shtml
Incoming 8th Graders' Summer Reading Site: https://sites.google.com/a/d57.org/lmc-s-library-resource-center/summer-reading-2014-brochure
Notes from the Common Core on Writing:
For students, writing is a key means of asserting and defending claims, showing what they know about a subject, and conveying, imagined, thought, and felt.
Students must take task, purpose, and audience into careful consideration, choosing words, information, structures, and formats deliberately.
They need to know how to combine elements of different kinds of writing--for example, to use narrative strategies within argument and explanation within narrative--to produce complex and nuanced writing.
They need to be able to use technology strategically when creating, refining, and collaborating on writing.
They have to become adept on gathering information, evaluating sources, and citing material accurately, reporting findings from their research and analysis of sources in a clear and cogent manner.
They must have the flexibility, concentration, and fluency to produce high-quality first-draft text under a tight deadline as well as the capacity to revisit and make improvements to a piece of writing over multiple drafts when circumstances encourage or require it.