Common Core Standards in Diverse Classrooms: Essential Practices for Developing Academic Language and Disciplinary Literacy

Common Core Standards in Diverse Classrooms: Essential Practices for Developing Academic Language and Disciplinary Literacy

by Jeff Zwiers, Susan O'Hara, Robert Pritchard
     
 

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The Common Core State Standards require students to do more with knowledge and language than ever before. Rather than be mere consumers of knowledge, students must now become creators, critics, and communicators of ideas across disciplines. Yet in order to take on these new and exciting roles, many students need daily teaching with an extra emphasis on accelerating

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Overview

The Common Core State Standards require students to do more with knowledge and language than ever before. Rather than be mere consumers of knowledge, students must now become creators, critics, and communicators of ideas across disciplines. Yet in order to take on these new and exciting roles, many students need daily teaching with an extra emphasis on accelerating their academic communication skills.

Common Core Standards in Diverse Classrooms describes seven research-based teaching practices for developing complex language and literacy skills across grade levels and disciplines: using complex texts, fortifying complex output, fostering academic interaction, clarifying complex language, modeling, guiding, and designing instruction. Most important, you will find clear descriptions and examples of how these essential practices can—and should—be woven together in real lessons. You will also find the following:

  • Classroom activities based on the practices
  • Dozens of classroom examples from lessons in different grade levels and disciplines
  • Detailed lessons with annotations focused on language and literacy development
  • Strategies and tools for building system-wide capacity for sustained growth in the practices

Common Core Standards in Diverse Classrooms is a concise guide for helping us improve our practices to strengthen two vital pillars that support student learning: academic language and disciplinary literacy.  

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"Teachers will find the details, instruction, and annotations fascinating, like a slowed-down movie version of an actual classroom where we have the opportunity to pause, think, and rethink, move around the room, and reflect on our normally fast-paced lessons."  - Teachers College Record

"It's classroom application of the common core at its best." - Midwest Book Review

VOYA, December 2014 (Vol. 37, No. 5) - Johanna Nation-Vallee
This reference aims to guide educators in implementing Common Core standards in classrooms with students from a mix of linguistic and cultural backgrounds, including native English speakers. Through Common Core’s emphasis on fostering the understanding and use of academic language, this book addresses a common problem in diverse classrooms: while students from different language backgrounds may understand the content of classes through simplified instruction, they ultimately lag behind other students because they have not learned the academic language used in textbooks and on assessments. The book has a clear and easy-to-follow format. Following an introduction and two chapters on methodology, the authors provide several sample classroom discussions and ideas for instruction in three areas: using complex texts, fortifying complex output, and fostering academic interactions. Though clear in format, the language of the book is dense and complex, filled with a specialized vocabulary requiring great reader focus. Tables are the primary visual aid and are helpful in many instances, but more visuals might be of use in solidifying understanding. It is not a quick reference guide for teachers; it is better suited for use by a curriculum coordinator or anyone wishing to gain a thorough understanding of how Common Core standards can be best integrated into diverse educational environments. Reviewer: Johanna Nation-Vallee; Ages adult professional.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781571109972
Publisher:
Stenhouse Publishers
Publication date:
04/28/2014
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
259,478
Product dimensions:
7.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
10 - 17 Years

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