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"As challenging as it must have been to write and finesse the adoption of the Common Core State Standards, that accomplishment is nothing compared to the work of teaching in ways that bring all students to these ambitious expectations. The goal is clear. The pathway is not."
-Lucy Calkins, Mary Ehrenworth, and Christopher Lehman

The Common Core is written, but the plan for implementing the Common Core is ...

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Overview

"As challenging as it must have been to write and finesse the adoption of the Common Core State Standards, that accomplishment is nothing compared to the work of teaching in ways that bring all students to these ambitious expectations. The goal is clear. The pathway is not."
-Lucy Calkins, Mary Ehrenworth, and Christopher Lehman

The Common Core is written, but the plan for implementing the Common Core is not.

Lucy Calkins and her colleagues at the Reading and Writing Project have helped thousands of educators design their own pathways to the Common Core. Now, with Pathways to the Common Core, they are ready to help you find your way.

Designed for teachers, school leaders, and professional learning communities looking to navigate the gap between their current literacy practices and the ideals of the Common Core, Pathways to the Common Core will help you:

• understand what the standards say, suggest, and what they don't say;

• recognize the guiding principles that underpin the reading and writing standards;

• identify how the Common Core's infrastructure supports a spiraling K-12 literacy curriculum; and

• scrutinize the context in which the CCSS were written and are being unrolled.

In addition to offering an analytical study of the standards, this guide will also help you and your colleagues implement the standards in ways that lift the level of teaching and learning throughout your school. Specifically, it will help you:

• become a more critical consumer of the "standards-based" mandates that are flooding your desk;

• craft instruction that supports students in reading more complex texts, developing higher level comprehension skills, and writing at the ambitious levels of the CCSS;

• develop performance assessments and other tools to propel Common Core reforms; and

• create systems of continuous improvement that are transparent, collegial, and accountable.

Above all, this book will help you interpret the Common Core as a rallying cry that ignites deep, wide and lasting reforms and, most importantly, accelerates student achievement.

Professional learning communities and book clubs SAVE when you order a book study bundle. Get 15 copies of Pathways to the Common Core: Accelerating Achievement for one low price.

PD Resources from Lucy Calkins, Mary Ehrenworth, and Christopher Lehman are available via Custom Institutes.

Also see Mary Ehrenworth's new online course offered through our new Digital Campus.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780325043555
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 3/29/2012
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 41,000
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Lucy Calkins is the author of the popular firsthand classroom materials Units of Study for Teaching Writing series and the Units of Study for Teaching Reading, Grades 3-5 series. Most recently, Lucy has published a common core workshop curriculum, Units of Study in Opinion, Information, and Narrative Writing, Grades K - 5. In addition, Lucy is the author or coauthor of numerous foundational professional texts with Heinemann, including Pathways to the Common Core;The Art of Teaching Writing; and One to One. She is also the author of The Art of Teaching Reading. She is the Founding Director of the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University's Teachers College. For more than twenty-five years, the Project has been both a think tank - developing state of the art teaching methods - and a provider of professional development. In these capacities, the Project has supported hundreds of thousands of educators. As the leader of this world renowned organization, Lucy works closely with policy-makers, superintendents, district leaders and school principals to instigate and sustain school-wide and system-wide educational reforms. But above all, Lucy works closely with teachers and with their classrooms full of wise and wonderful children. Lucy is also the Richard Robinson Professor of Children's Literature at Teachers College, where she leads the Literacy Specialist program. Lucy and her husband John are the parents of two sons, Miles and Evan.

Mary Ehrenworth is coauthor of Pathways to the Common Core (with Lucy Calkins and Christopher Lehman). She is Deputy Director of Middle Schools at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, Columbia University. She studied history and literature at Harvard and then curriculum theory and adolescent literacy at Columbia, where she received her doctorate - and then has been lucky to work with three subjects she loves - books, children, and teachers. In addition to Pathways, Mary has authored and co-authored numerous books, including: The Power of Grammar; Teaching Reading Through Fantasy Novels; Constructing Curriculum and Tackling Complex Texts from Units of Study in Reading; and Looking to Write: Teaching Writing Through the Visual Arts. Mary is also offering support to educators with the Common Core Standards through an online course entitled Harnessing the Common Core Standards to Achieve Higher Levels of Reading and Writing in Your Classroom and School offered through our new Digital Campus.

Christopher Lehman is the Founding Director of The Educator Collaborative, a think tank and educational consulting organization working to innovate the ways educators learn together. He is an international speaker, education consultant, and New York Times best-selling author. His books include: Falling In Love With Close Reading with Kate Roberts; Energize Research Reading and Writing; Pathways to the Common Core with Lucy Calkins and Mary Ehrenworth; and A Quick Guide to Reviving Disengaged Writers. His articles and interviews have appeared in many publications and popular blogs including Voices in the Middle, SmartBrief, EdWeek, Choice Literacy, and Talks with Teachers. Chris has been a middle-school teacher, a high-school teacher, a literacy coach, and Senior Staff Developer with the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University. He now works with schools around the world through The Educator Collaborative, supporting educators, coaches, and administrators in developing rigorous and passionate literacy instruction across content areas. A graduate of University of Wisconsin-Madison, Chris went on to receive his M.A. in Teaching at New York University, and his Ed.M. in Education Leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University. In addition to consulting and writing, he serves on the NCTE Middle Level Section Steering Committee, is Special Advisor to the National Center for Families Learning, is a Booksource Advocate for student reading lives, and served as a project advisor on a joint NCTE/National Center for Literacy Education collaboration initiative. Follow Chris online! Twitter: @iChrisLehman Pinterest: /ChrisLehmanEdu Blog: ChristopherLehman.com

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 An Introduction to the Common Core State Standards 1

Reading Standards

Chapter 2 Overview of the Reading Standards: What Do They Say and What Does This Mean for Us?' 22

Chapter 3 Literal Understanding and Text Complexity: Standards 1 and 10 32

Chapter 4 Reading Literature: Standards 2-9 52

Chapter 5 Reading Informational Texts: Standards 2-9 75

Writing Standards

Chapter 6 Overview of the Writing Standards: What Do They Say and What Does This Mean for Us? 102

Chapter 7 The CCSS and Composing Narrative Texts 713

Chapter 8 The CCSS and Composing Argument Texts 727

Chapter 9 The CCSS and Composing Informational Texts 142

Speaking/Listening and Language Standards

Chapter 10 Overview of the Speaking and Listening and of the Language Standards: What Do They Say and What Does This Mean for Us? 162

Chapter 11 CCSS-Aligned Assessments Fuel Whole-School Reform 180

References 199

Index 203

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2013

    In the first chapter of the book, Lucy Calkins has paragraph hea

    In the first chapter of the book, Lucy Calkins has paragraph headings with very good questions, but does not actually answer them. Examples are the following:
    1. If we really want to tackle the achievement gap, shouldn’t we be tackling poverty first and then standards? She goes on to provide the statistical data but doesn’t explain how or why this may be a problem for education professionals.
    2. How can we possibly raise standards when conditions that support teaching and learning keep getting worse? She doesn’t answer this challenge educators are faced with and goes on to include information about school budgets being cut to the bone and examples of schools that are struggling because of it.
    3. If we assessed America’s students now, only 15% would perform at the level suggested by the standards. How will it be a good thing to label 85% of kids as failures. Who will pay for the remedial education after everyone fails? This is yet another great question and problem that is not addressed that schools face.
    As a reader I am confused by her ability to create a question but not answering it to some degree. Lucy Culkins realizes the challenges that schools face. Schools have a tough job dealing with the dynamics and situations when children walk into school every day (if they arrive for school). How do you write a book that has a title with the words pathways and accelerating achievement and think you can create successful pathways with the obstacles that schools face? How can the CCSS be expected to be successful without addressing these problems directly and ignoring the questions she explicitly asks?
    Lucy Culkins attempts to write in both a negative and positive way about the Common Core State Standards, however, unless the above questions are answered and addressed it seems our democratic society will be dealing with more failure and frustration with all involved. The result will be the achievement gap will widen. I think it is interesting that reviews in the beginning of the book seem to be of backgrounds that differ from teachers. The professionals that wrote the reviews seem to be more of academic backgrounds and those involved with creating the common core and standardized testing. They are consultants, professors, and the Co-director of Teachers College. There is even a member of Pearson on the reviews.
    I think the title of the book is misleading because pathways and accelerating achievement really can’t be successfully created and implemented unless the questions she brought to the forefront are addressed. A more appropriate title would be the following: An Overview of the Common Core State Standards and Considerations by Lucy Culkins.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2013

    If you are teaching in a state using Common Core Standards I rec

    If you are teaching in a state using Common Core Standards I recommend this book! It has been a huge help to understanding and working through the Common Core and how it relates to what I teach. Some of the teachers at my school and I have been reading and discussing it. Its been so helpful. If you read one thing on the topic- it should be this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2013

    Great book.

    Great book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2012

    A must-read for any teacher.

    An in-depth analysis of the Common Core State Standards for ELA. After reading this book, I feel that I have a much better understanding of the Standards and would recommend this book to any educator.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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