Core Ready Lesson Sets for Grades K-2: A Staircase to Standards Success for English Language Arts, The Road to Knowledge: Information and Research / Edition 1

Overview

A part of Pam Allyn’s highly popular Core Ready series, The Road to Knowledge guides teachers and students through three rich, dynamic lesson sets that focus on informational texts in the primary grades in ways that enliven inform, and inspire. With these lessons as a guide, students learn how to use the unique text features and structure of informational text to notice patterns and identify key ideas and concepts while building a vocabulary of domain-specific language. They see how to navigate informational texts and cite evidence, taking learning to a new level. The lessons cover:

Grade K—Connecting the Dots: Topics and Details in Informational Text

Grade 1—Navigating Non-Fiction

Grade 2—What’s The Big Idea: Using Text Features to Locate Key Information

With this book as a guide, students see how to:

  • Read and listen carefully to explore nonfiction topics and discover important and interesting facts and details.
  • Begin to notice and understand how to use text features and text structure to support their understanding and navigation of informational text.
  • Become curious researchers who ask and answer their own questions.
  • Compare and contrast sources on the same topic.
  • Learn to take notes in an organized and purposeful manner.
  • Share their discoveries through writing, speaking, and visual presentation.

About the Series:

Pam Allyn’s widely popular Core Ready Program gives educators a complete, dynamic, hands-on resource for navigating the Common Core State Standards effectively, fluidly, and successfully. Using the information presented in the series, educators see how to take complex concepts related to the standards and turn them into practical, specific, everyday lessons. The books address the needs of all learners, including ELL and special needs diverse learners, and cover the uses of technology and new media. Included in Core Ready Lesson Sets for Grades K-2: A Staircase to Standards Success for English Language Arts are:

The Journey to Meaning: Comprehension and Critique

The Shape of Story : Yesterday and Today

The Road to Knowledge : Information and Research

The Power to Persuade: Opinion and Argument

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

Praise for the CORE READY series:

“[T]his is a great way to teach ELA…. a group of teachers could use this to change their core reading program... I see this as a way to truly become a reader and writer for today’s world.”

-- Edward Karl Shultz, Midwestern State University

“This book is so inspiring! I hope many districts adopt your program! It will change the lives of many students for the better!”

-- Elizabeth Smith, Madison Elementary School (VA)

“Pam Allyn’s impressive book, Be Core Ready, provides practical, useful, and insightful advice on how to implement the Common Core State Standards. Her conversational tone, passion for literacy, and, above all else, her unwavering commitment to doing what is best for all learners will help educators build core strengths in every student. Multiple copies belong in every school’s professional development collection.”

-John Schumacher, Teacher-Librarian

"In this informative yet accessible book, Pam Allyn draws upon her extensive understanding of the Common Core State Standards and the changes they demand for literacy education to offer innovative strategies and implementation techniques that develop college and career readiness and inspire all students to become 'curators of ideas' and lifelong readers, writers, speakers, and listeners. I will definitely use the Core Ready Series in my ongoing work with teachers and city schools."

-Ernest Morrell, Teachers College, Columbia University

"An inspiring book; filled with thought-provoking insights into the Common Core standards. Pam alleviates “core anxiety " by providing innovative ways to fill any gaps that may exist in your current classroom practices. She takes a look at the everyday literacy skills utilized by a variety of professionals and weaves a link down to our youngest learners. Pam's explanations of the necessary "shifts" I need to make in my teaching are user- friendly and easy to implement. I love the Colleague Conversation starters designed to open dialogue, share ideas and reflect on personal literacy experiences. I can't wait to share this uplifting resource with all of my teacher friends!”

-Valerie Palacio, Grade 2 Teacher

"Let Pam Allyn help you conquer the Common Core by going to the core --the core of what readers do when truly engaged with books."

-Carol Jago, past president, National Council of Teachers of English and author of With Rigor for All: Meeting Common Core Standards for Reading Literature

"Help is here. As educators scramble to prepare themselves for the common core standards, Pam Allyn has produced what many will find to be an invaluable resource. Written in a clear, compelling and accessible manner, Allyn brings years of research on literacy and teaching to help educators respond to the higher standards created by the Common Core. By following the advice she offers and creatively applying the ideas presented, educators will find that we not only have no need to fear the Common Core but we can embrace it as a way to address the learning needs of our students."

-Pedro A. Noguera, Ph.D., Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Development

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780133358063
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eTextbook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • File size: 67 MB
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Meet the Author

Pam Allyn

Pam Allyn is an authority in the field of literacy education and an expert in home and school literacy connections. As a renowned motivational speaker, expert consultant, author, teacher, and humanitarian for children, she is transforming the way we think about literacy as a tool for communication and knowledge building. She is the executive director of LitLife, a national literacy development organization providing research-based professional development for K-12 educators. She founded and leads LitWorld, a groundbreaking global literacy initiative reaching children across the United States and in over 60 countries. Her methods for helping all students achieve as literacy learners, including the most diverse learners, has brought her acclaim both in the United States and internationally.

Pam is the author of 11 books for educators and parents including the award-winning What To Read When: The Books and Stories To Read With Your Child-And All The Best Times To Read Them (Penguin Avery), Pam Allyn's Best Books for Boys (Scholastic) and Your Child’s Writing Life: How to Inspire Confidence, Creativity, and Skill at Every Age (Penguin Avery). Her work has been featured on Good Morning America, The Today Show, Oprah Radio, the Huffington Post, the New York Times and across the blogosphere.

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Table of Contents

Grade K—Connecting the Dots: Topics and Details in Informational Text

Grade 1—Navigating Non-Fiction

Grade 2—What’s The Big Idea: Using Text Features to Locate Key Information

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