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Common Core Resources

A curated list by SLJ editor Daryl Grabarek

Common Core Resources

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What's Happening at the Core? An update & at look at publishers' responses to the standards.

President's Day | Books for Celebration. New nonfiction to add to your collection.

Searching for Sarah Rector | An Interview with Tonya Bolden. An incredible story of oil, land allotments, and the "Richest Black Girl in America."

Inquiry and Integration Across the Curriculum | Measurement. Children’s literature can support youngsters as they learn about math concepts and tools.

"Remember the Ladies" | Women Who Changed America. Introduce these individuals who stared down stereotypes, hurdled over social boundaries, and utilized their unique talents and abilities to follow their dreams.

"No More Yucky Spinach" | The Nonfiction of Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pickney. Consider this dynamic author-illustrator team as the subject of your next nonfiction author(s) study.

New Nonfiction to start the year.

Find out more about PBS LearningMedia, a content-rich, free resource for educators. It's too good to miss!

Looking for sophisticated digital stories to share with teens and tweens? This one has teacher resources.

'Work and Wages': A standards-based lesson plan for high school students

Great Beginnings | Books for Emergent Readers. Like all youngsters, kids learning to read benefit from exposure to high-quality titles that blend well-written narratives with eye-catching illustrations.

A Public and School Librarian Find Common Ground on the Common Core

Elementary teachers in search of an entertaining nonfiction author study need look no further than Meghan McCarthy.

The new Next Generation Science Standards have been written with direct connections to the CCSS embedded within them, making it more manageable for teachers to integrate curriculum. Here is a sample elementary lesson.

Making the reading-writing connection for students in the Common Core era requires models of good literature, a keen understanding of text craft and structure, and solid skills in writing conventions.

Along with the Common Core, many state standards ask educators to incorporate multimodal resources into their lesson plans. Here are a few to consider.

20 Outstanding Nonfiction Books | Core Essentials

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Planning Common Core Lessons?: Free, Web-based applications can help align your plans with the new standards

Author and educator Kathleen Odean offers "20 Outstanding Nonfiction Titles" that will engage kids and teens and meet the goals of the CCSS.

The author examines what close reading means--and is--from Arnold Lobel's "Frog and Toad' books to college texts.

Authors of nonfiction for young readers model specific writing styles and techniques that demonstrate a command of the written word, engage and hook readers, and help to explain and contextualize important concepts.

Carol Burris on the problems with the coming CCSS assessments.

The Common Core standards put a premium on exploration and discovery. So does the author Loree Griffin Burns.

The CCSS call for "close reading." What does this mean and what does it look like? The author explains.

Barbara Kerley, an author known for her quality nonfiction, has revamped her website with the CCSS in mind.