Saturday, 29 September 2012

Illustrative Mathematics - More Resources for the Common Core

Today's very cool math resource for the Common Core State Standards is Illustrative Mathematics.

Illustrative Mathematics is an initiative of the Institute for Mathematics & Education at the University of Arizona. The website launch team is headed by Bill McCallum, lead author of the CCSS in math, who also writes the blog Tools for the Common Core Standards.


Why very cool? There are more than 400 illustrative tasks for the Common Core on the site, all FREE! 

Since I know very well how busy teachers are, I want to show you that this site is worth exploring. Below, I have copied and pasted just one of the tasks for Grade 5, so that you can see the task itself, read the provided commentary, and explore the two proposed solutions:
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5.NF Painting a Wall

Alignment 1:  5.NF.B
Grade   5
Domain   NF: Number and Operations---Fractions
Cluster   Apply and extend previous understandings of multiplication and division to 
                 multiply and divide fractions.
                                   
Nicolas is helping to paint a wall at a park near his house as part of a community service project. He had painted half of the wall yellow when the park director walked by and said,
"This wall is supposed to be painted red."

Nicolas immediately started painting over the yellow portion of the wall. By the end of the day, he had repainted 5/6 of the yellow portion red.

What fraction of the entire wall is painted red at the end of the day?

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Commentary: The purpose of this task is for students to find the answer to a question in context that can be represented by fraction multiplication. This task is appropriate for either instruction or assessment depending on how it is used and where students are in their understanding of fraction multiplication. If used in instruction, it can provide a lead-in to the meaning of fraction multiplication. If used for assessment, it can help teachers see whether students readily see that this is can be solved by multiplying 5/6×1/2 or not, which can help diagnose their comfort level with the meaning of fraction multiplication.

The teacher might need to emphasize that the task is asking for what portion of the total wall is red, it is not asking what portion of the yellow has been repainted.
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Solution: Solution 1

In order to see what fraction of the wall is red we need to find out what 5/6 of 1/2 is. To do this we can multiply the fractions together like so:

5/6×1/2=(5×1)/(6×2)=5/12

So we can see that 5/12 of the wall is red.
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Solution: Solution 2

The solution can also be represented with pictures. Here we see the wall right before the park director walks by:



And now we can break up the yellow portion into 6 equally sized parts:



Now we can show what the wall looked like at the end of the day by shading 5 out of those 6 parts red.


And finally, we can see that if we had broken up the wall into 12 equally sized pieces from the beginning, that finding the fraction of the wall that is red would be just a matter of counting the number of red pieces and comparing them to the total.


And so, since 5 pieces of the total 12 are red, we can see that 5/12 of the wall is red at the end of the day.
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Go over to Illustrative Mathematics, and look at the Illustrations for the K-8 Content Standards and the High School Content Standards. I think you will be impressed and agree that they are indeed very cool!

    Friday, 28 September 2012

    Common Core Practice | A King’s Skeleton, a Musical Mystery, a Territorial Dispute


    1. an informative writing task for the international story: “Discovery of Skeleton Puts Richard III in Battle Once Again


    2. a narrative writing task for the front page story: “ ‘Rebecca’ Sees Investor Fade, as if Dreamt


    3. a second informative writing task for the international story: “Near Disputed Islands, Japan Confronts Boats From Taiwan


    And a bonus: This week, one of Sarah Gross and Jonathan Olsen's students suggested an extension activity connected to the “Rebecca” prompt.

    Thank you to Sarah, Jonathan, their students, and 
    The Learning Network!

    From the site: 

    "All of our lesson plans, which go into much greater depth than the(se) short assignments, are aligned to the Common Core, including recent ones on algebra, Hispanic Heritage month, writing advice, human muscle systems and the video that has been roiling the Muslim world.

    We also hope you’ll encourage students to choose their own Times articles (or multimedia) to read and write about. Each Friday we ask, “What Interested You Most in The Times This Week?” and choose one student response to highlight."

    Thursday, 27 September 2012

    Wonderopolis®




    Wonderopolis is a program from the National Center for Family Literacy. Its Wonders of the Day highlight learning moments in everyday life, and are intended for families to watch together, so they can learn together.

    You can browse the Wonders Archives in 86 categories, including:
    Posts of special interest to teachers? Try Connecting Wonderopolis to Content Areas, How to Integrate Wonderopolis into Reading Workshop, and Wonderopolis is WONDERful Science HW for ideas on using the site with your classes.

    I'm sure you'll find something, or many things, to like at Wonderopolis, "where the wonders of learning never cease."

    Wednesday, 26 September 2012

    Inside Mathematics - Resources for the Common Core


    Inside Mathematics provides a way for educators to share strong practices via:
    • tested demonstration lessons
    • guided tours of reflective mathematics practice
    • tools & resources to support daily practice
    • a professional learning community
    The great (and amazing) thing about this project is that it doesn't just talk about the CCSS, it actually provides performance tasks and assessment resources that are aligned to the standards. AND they can be searched by either grade level or mathematical progression.


    Here's an example for 2nd Grade - Incredible Equations:

    "The task challenges a student to demonstrate understanding of concepts involved in addition and subtraction. A student must be able to understand addition and subtraction as inverse operations and apply this understanding to problems where the unknown is in different positions...must make sense of the equals sign as a balance point between the two sides of an equation in order to find a missing addend on one side of an equation...must be able to justify a solution."

    Common Core State Standards Math - Content:
    Operations and Algebraic Thinking
    2.OA.1 Represent and solve problems involving addition and subtraction.
    2.OA.2 Add and subtract within 20.

    Common Core State Standards Math – Standards of Mathematical Practice:
    MP.1 Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
    MP.3 Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.

    Included are the task itself, which consists of eight addition and subtraction equations with one number missing, and a task rubric.

    The MOST valuable part of this piece? An extremely detailed evaluation and reflection guide, including examples of student work. Identified are 
    • what students knew and were able to do
    • areas of difficulty for the students
    • strategies used by successful students
    • a frequency distribution for the example students
    • a table of understandings and misunderstandings for each equation arrangement
    • the Implications for Instruction and Action Research in narrative form
    What a fabulous tool for reflective practice! Click over to the site and look at all of the excellent performance tasks available there for FREE.

    Monday, 24 September 2012

    Anchor Charts - Making Them Your Own

    With the popularity of my first post on Anchor Charts, I've been busy researching for you, trying to find more great examples.

    If you're on Pinterest, you can view many excellent charts on my learning twice: Teaching Resources board. If you aren't, send me an email at nancymcneal@gmail.com, and I'll send you an invite. Teachers are pinning good ideas every day, and I think all teachers should be able to see and use them!

    Today, let's look at how you and your students can make charts from other teachers your own. Remember that co-constructing them with your students and making sure that they match your kiddos' developmental level are two of the key features that make anchor charts relevant for their ongoing learning.

    While looking for Active Literacy resources (a future post), I found the Reading Resources wiki page of Pender County Schools in North Carolina. The number of links there will no doubt lead to other posts, but Iet's look at six posters that you can download, adapt, and turn into great anchor charts.

    The posters all address signal words, and give good information. The best part? They are editable! Once you download a poster, you can change font and pics, cut, paste, and do whatever you like to give yourself the starting point you need. Here is the original poster for cause and effect:




    And here's what I did to create the "bones" of a cause and effect anchor chart:



    You choose how much to have on the chart when you begin working with your students. I titled it, chose seven signal words, included the traffic signal clipart, and color-coded the Cause (Action) and Effect (Outcome) so you could see what I was imagining for perhaps a 3rd grade class. If I were making this chart with students, we would write sentences using these words (writing the cause in each sentence in blue and the effect in red, underlining the signal words).

    You might not want to begin with this much information, depending on where your students are in understanding signal words. And of course, you'll only use the document you create as a mini-template, since you'll be writing on a poster board or chart paper as you and your kiddos co-create the actual anchor chart. You will make it yours!

    The other five posters on the page depict the following categories of signal words:

    • Compare and contrast
    • Description or list
    • Problem and solution
    • Question and answer
    • Sequence or order
    The compare and contrast poster is shown below. What would you do with it to adapt it as an anchor chart for your class? Narrow it down to only a few signal words? Change the graphics? Divide it into two charts - one for comparing and one for contrasting?


    Whatever you decide to do, enjoy making great signal word anchor charts with your kiddos starting with these ideas. And once your chart is finished, don't forget to take a photo, put it in a binder, and add it to your ongoing slide collection so you can project it if your entire class needs to revisit it, as suggested in an earlier post, Anchor Charts - Another Blogger's Ideas, and by Jodi at The Clutter-Free Classroom, in Anchor Chart Planning and Management!

    Friday, 21 September 2012

    Common Core Practice | Medical Manga, a Family Grocery and a Restaurant Review

    Drum roll, please! I told you earlier this week about The Learning Network's plan to publish a Common Core Practice Feature each Friday, and I'm thrilled to say that it is here!

    The series is being done in collaboration with two teachers in New Jersey, Jonathan Olsen and Sarah Gross, and the premiere post includes two argumentative writing tasks and one that is informative. All reference the Common Core Standards that they address.

    The one that grabbed my attention is the first, Science: “Manga as Medical Tool,” which refers to a Times news article about Dr. Ian Roberts of London.

    To paraphrase from the task description: No pharmaceutical company is willing to devote money to an advertising campaign for a new drug that promotes clotting and should reduce death in trauma patients, so Dr. Roberts has turned to unorthodox means such as cartoons and manga comics to share the information with doctors around the world.

    Here is the student task: "Do you think it is a good idea to share research findings through visual media, like manga comics and cartoons? Write a paragraph in which you use information from this article to support your views. Provide at least one example where visual media could be helpful — or harmful — in sharing this kind of information." Students can view the manga comic (the first frame is shown)



    and watch the cartoon below before writing. The CRASH-2 comic was created by Dr. Roberts's nephew, and should contribute much to your students' interest in the article!


    I want to say "Thank you!" to the writers of this great new feature, so I'm leaving a comment on the post. If you use any of the three tasks proposed this week, I hope you will, too.

    Have a fabulous fall weekend! The weather here in Middle Tennessee couldn't be better, and I plan to enjoy it!

    Jim Burke & The English Teacher's Companion

    Jim Burke is the author of almost twenty books on the art of teaching, including The English Teacher's Companion: A Complete Guide to Classroom, Curriculum, and the Profession. He won the NCTE's Exemplary English Leadership Award in 2000 and was inducted into the California Reading Association's Hall of Fame. Burke serves on the College Board's Advanced Placement Course & Exam Review Commission for the English Literature & Language courses. 


    Oh, and he teaches high school English every day. I can't imagine a more connected expert than one who remains in the trenches, where Burke has been for more than 25 years. Today let's take a tour of the FREE resources he offers through his website, English Companion.com:
    And here are my favorites:
    • Digital Textbook - From NPR's This I Believe to Time magazine's Pictures of the Week to Peace Corps Stories, these amazing sites allow you to move away from dry textbooks to dynamic resources that you can use to teach your students "how to read an image or how to write about one; how to analyze a website or how to craft a particular type of sentence or organize a paragraph a certain way." Simply fantastic!
    • Tools for Teachers - Templates for notes of every kind, including episodic, hierarchical, and inference. Below is his Vocabulary Squares template, which can be used to "help readers process the word in different ways, all proven useful through...research." It is sophisticated, therefore more useful for high school students than are simpler ones. 


    Want to read his blog? Go to Jim Burke: The English Teacher's CompanionYou can also see Mr. Burke's homepage at Burlingame High School. If you're interested in purchasing his books, they are available on his website, as well as on Amazon.com.

    For those of you who teach secondary reading (including reading in the content area) or English/Language Arts, I hope you'll have fun finding what you can use from the work of the amazing Jim Burke!

    Wednesday, 19 September 2012

    Library of Congress - Resources for the Common Core

     

    The Library of Congress is a truly amazing resource for teachers, with collections that boggle the mind. Click on Digital Collections and have a look!

    I'll write about various collections and their usefulness for you later, but today's post is about the Teaching with Primary Sources Program at the Library, and specifically, the current issue of The Teaching with Primary Sources Journal: Primary Sources and the Common Core State Standards, Vol. 1, No. 2, Fall 2012. You can download the entire journal in PDF and print it if you would like to have a hard copy.


    Rich Cairn's feature article, Primary Sources: At the Heart of the Common Core State Standards, describes what using primary sources to achieve the CCSS looks like in practice. It concludes: "Primary sources can provide the raw materials teachers need to support student achievement in the CCSS. Primary source-based learning is at the heart of the standards. Using photographs, maps, manuscripts, and other primary sources to engage students in learning and building critical thinking and constructing knowledge will help prepare students for success in school and beyond."

    The issue includes links to Research and Current Thinking and a Teacher Spotlight, both important and read-worthy. Perhaps the most useful, however, are two complete Learning Activities:
    If you'd like to view previous issues of the TPS Journal, which was formerly known as the Teaching with Primary Sources Quarterly, go to the archive page. These are devoted to topics such as Critical Thinking, Differentiated Instruction, English Language Learners, Inquiry Learning, Literacy Integration, Project-Based Learning, and Science

    What fantastic resources, for you and your implementation of the Common Core. Hurry over to see what you can use!

    Tuesday, 18 September 2012

    Weekly Common Core Practice Prompts at The New York Times



    Four days ago, The Learning Network at The New York Times announced what they are calling an experiment: "Beginning Sept. 21, each Friday you’ll find three quick, classroom-tested tasks that ask students to do Common Core-focused work with that week’s Times."

    The picture below shows teachers Jonathan Olsen and Sarah Gross, with their freshman humanities classes at High Technology High School in Lincroft, N.J. According to TLN blogger Katherine Schulten, Jonathan and Sarah, who co-teach history and English, 
    last year began creating "short daily reading and writing prompts for their students to use with that day’s Times." 



    In June, Sarah wrote in her blog The Reading Zone about TLN's Summer Reading Contest, saying that she and Jonathan believed that using The Times in their classes had "revolutionized" the way they taught.

    "By reading the newspaper daily and writing in response to the paper’s content, our students greatly improved both their critical thinking and writing ability. Using The Times to teach history and literacy this past year forever changed our approach to education. We are now able to meet all Common Core State Standards for writing and reading informational text, while preserving the literature curriculum already studied in English class. As a result of our daily inclusion of The Times, our redesigned classroom is now filled with topical writing, lively debate and students making connections between what they are learning in their classrooms (and) what is happening throughout the world around them."

    Starting next week, Sarah and Jonathan will send the prompts they create, and that they and their students believe worked best, to TLN bloggers, former teachers themselves, who will "add some scaffolding or other kinds of small changes to help make the questions more accessible for a range of learners."

    The plan is that each Friday, you will find at least one of the prompts aligned to the Common Core standards for reading and writing about informational text appropriate to use with YOUR students. Please try them, and let the writers at The Times (and me) know how it goes!

    Monday, 17 September 2012

    Reading Rockets

    Reading Rockets is a national multimedia literacy initiative offering information and resources on how young kids learn to read, why so many struggle, and how caring adults can help.               

    What does this website offer you and your students? Honestly, it should become one of your go-to sites for all things reading! It's jam-packed with a vast library of information for the most discriminating educator among us!

    Selecting the For Teachers tab, here's an overview of SOME of the resources, with links intact:

    Children's books & authors
      How to...
      Professional development resources
      Struggling readers


      Impressed? I thought so. But that's just a taste of what's in store for you. Let's look specifically at Classroom Strategies, 54 of them in the areas of:

      Each includes:
      • Instructions on how to use the strategy
      • Downloadable templates
      • Examples
      • Recommended children's books to use with the strategy
      • Differentiation for second language learners, students of varying reading skill, students with learning disabilities, and younger learners
      • Supporting research

      There's even a chart that tells you when to use each strategy - before, during, or after reading.

      My favorite thing about the strategies? That each one has recommended books to be used when teaching the strategy. Not dull, low-level textbook stories. Not excerpts. Not paraphrased sections of a piece that is age or reading level inappropriate. Real books that your kiddos can hold in their hands, read for themselves, and understand. I couldn't ask for more, and I don't believe you could, either!


      So. Bookmark Reading Rockets (or just go ahead and put a link on your desktop!) Read a section every chance you get. Choose resources that fit your needs in making your class the best it can be for your students. Enjoy this fabulous, FREE site and all that you can find within it! 

      And have a great week!

      Sunday, 16 September 2012

      Science NetLinks - Lessons for the Common Core

      Science Netlinks is a project of the Directorate for Education and Human Resources Programs of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Like EDSITEment!, it is a member of the Thinkfinity ConsortiumYou can find plenty of good information and links galore here. Unfortunately, I didn't find that the lessons and activities supported a high level of inquiry. Most were didactic, though thorough.  

      I am, however, excited that one of the lessons led me to a real discovery: the work of Vicki Cobbthe Education World Science Editor. You can read her philosophy of teaching science and find her Show-Biz Science activities archive on EW's website. They are great!

      Vicki is the winner of the 2012 AAAS/Subaru Science Books and Films’s Lifetime Achievement Award for more than 85 nonfiction books for children. Her books would be wonderful to add to your classroom library, in light of the emphasis on reading informational text in addition to literature in the CCSS. The added benefit? Many are books that contain embedded investigations for your kiddos to carry out.


      BTW, the SB&F Best Books of 2011 special issue is available for download for a limited time with full text of reviews. Included in this guide are all of the finalists and winners of the 2012 AAAS/Subaru Book Prizes - great guidance for books to use DURING your reading/language block for both science and reading instruction!


      I also discovered a link to more than thirty first-person accounts of the 1906 Fan Francisco Earthquake and Fire, located at the Virtual Museum of the City of San Francisco. These accounts would be perfect primary sources to use for developing close reading skills as per the CCSS.


      The Science NetLinks site is divided into five sections:
      • Afterschool - informal, often hands-on, science activities. Each one includes a facilitator page, as well as online and printable pages for kids. 
      • Collections - groupings of lessons, tools, Science Updates, and other resources relating to a single topic
      • Lessons - can be filtered and searched by grade and theme: astronomy, biology, careers, chemistry, earth science, engineering, health/medicine, math/statistics, nature of science, physics, social sciences, and technology
      • Science News - up-to-date science Facts, Updates, and Educator Blog. Includes a monthly newsletter. 
      • Tools - provide descriptions of online resources in four categories—hands-on activities, interactives, teaching aids, and websites— with tips to integrate them into your classroom.
      I urge you to go look around. You will, no doubt, discover other gems available to help you align your teaching of science with inquiry and with the literacy goals of the Common Core.

    • Friday, 14 September 2012

      The Common Core - Fine Arts (AND Science, History, & Geography) Connection - Part 2


      After writing this morning's post about The Common Core - Fine Arts Connection, I read the final entry in the ARTSblog "Blog Salon" that marked National Arts in Education Week. In that post, Kristen Engebretsen referenced a panel discussion that was hosted in March by Common Core, an organization that is actually older than the CCSS, but supports them. 



      The panel, titled Truant From School: History, Science, and Art, was composed of "experts who discussed the implications of curriculum narrowing and explored how the new Common Core State Standards might serve as a vehicle for addressing the problem."


      The experts included:

      David Coleman* - Founding partner of Student Achievement Partners and a lead writer of the CCSS in ELA. He
       will become president and chief executive officer of the College Board  in October. 

      Lewis HuffmanEducation Associate for Social Studies at the South Carolina Department of Education.

      Carol JagoA 32-year veteran teacher of English in middle and high school and director of the California Reading and Literature Project at UCLA. She is past president of the National Council of Teachers of English.

      Lynne MunsonPresident and Executive Director of Common Core


      If you are a teacher, a principal, a curriculum specialist, or a instructional supervisor, it is VERY IMPORTANT that you watch the video below. Implementation of the Common Core State Standards MUST be done with the understanding that their intent is NOT to narrow the public school curriculum.

       

      *David Coleman forcefully says, "It is utterly clear if there is not an equal balance of high quality informational and literary text in kindergarten through fifth grade, with the specific declaration that informational text richly covers science, history/social studies, and the arts, it does not meet the requirements of the core standards, either in assessment or curricular terms. Period."  And: "There is no such thing as doing the nuts and bolts of reading in kindergarten through fifth grade without coherently developing knowledge in science and history and the arts. Period. It is false. It is a fiction."

      If you only have ten minutes, PLEASE at least watch this clip of David Coleman's address:




      Having knowledge of the intent of CCSS ELA writers is invaluable, in my opinion. Watching the entire video has been mind-changing for me, and I hope you will find it just as beneficial. 

      Have a wonderful September weekend!

      The Common Core - Fine Arts Connection

      "I will let you in on a secret: CCSS presents a teaching philosophy closely aligned with most fine arts classrooms. The methods of CCSS rely on teachers working as facilitators as opposed to lecturers, stress the value of modeling over telling, and emphasizes valuable learning occurs when subjects are interrelated and meaningful connections are made."

      Amen, Amy Johnson!


      Amy teaches in Austell, GA, and blogs at Artful Artsy Amy. Today, I want to point you to her post on the Arts Education section of ARTSblog: Common Core Collaboration Key for Fine Arts and Classroom Teachers

      Here's a shot of Amy's classroom, with her students engaged in, yes, collaborative learning:


      I'm SO impressed at the way Amy and the teachers at her middle school have collaborated to create meaningful cross-curricular connections! She offers an editable collaborative framework for FREE, and provides this example of her work with a seventh grade Math teacher for a unit on tessellations:


      Amy says, "Instead of demanding core subject teachers to make connections to the arts, we should ask them to share their units and work together to make meaningful connections. In this manner, both teachers are able to rely on their strengths."

      Again, amen!


      Amy is only one contributor to the conversation about arts education and the common core on ARTSblog. I found fifteen posts in the past five days (National Arts in Education Week) that discuss many aspects of the impact each has on the other. Please look them over and check out the links each provides. Some are cautionary, but others provide concrete curriculum links that you can use in your classroom, whether you teach art or a core subject.

      A great example: Lynne Munson, in her post How Vincent van Gogh Can Help You Teach to the Common Core Standards, says that "the CCSS present an exciting opportunity for elementary school teachers (who teach all subjects), grades 6-12 ELA teachers, and arts teachers to utilize the arts to teach the literacy skills outlined by the new standards." She links to The Arts and the Common Core Curriculum Mapping Project and its 179 arts activities.


      You can also follow the related Twitter discussion. (And if you're a Twitter newbie, here's a great intro from Allison Boyer’s article on Blog World: A Beginner’s Guide to Twitter Basics)

      If you fear, as I do, the loss of funding for arts education with a misguided implementation of the CCSS, you can demonstrate its necessity by developing a robust collaboration in your school. Here's to your efforts, and to your enjoyment of connecting and collaborating!

      UPDATE: Please go to The Common Core - Fine Arts (AND Science, History, & Geography) Connection - Part 2 for more information.

      Thursday, 13 September 2012

      Hispanic Heritage Month - Resources for Every Content Area


      Hispanic Heritage Month is September 15 - October 15, and the resources available for you to integrate its celebration into your curriculum are MANY!

                      
                              
                 Art and Architecture                         The Era of Exploration                           Culture and Ethnography

                                    
                                 Economics                                      Government, Politics, and Law            Poetry and Literature


        
                                                                History                                                                          Music

      Are you a science teacher? Here's a great site for you: Latinos in Math & Science: Resources for kids, young adults and teachers. Check out the hotlinks for biographies of Hispanic scientists, etc.



      Do you teach math? Go to the Smithsonian's Hispanic Heritage Cultural Tour and choose Resources. Select NMAH’s “Sports: Breaking Records, Breaking Barriers” website article on Roberto Clemente as a "hook" for a lesson on mean, median, mode, and range. Or graph his hits over a span of years. Or...


      The Smithsonian's HHCT is amazing in so many other ways. Click over and check out all of the Objects, the Timeline, and the Quizzes and Activities there. 


      Enjoy all the possibilities of the next month. November is American Indian Heritage Month, so I'll be searching out good resources for your observance of the First People's heritage!

      Wednesday, 12 September 2012

      EDSITEment! - Lessons for the Common Core

      Close reading. Citing evidence. Making logical inferences. Analyzing. Summarizing. Interpreting. Evaluating and differentiating primary and secondary sources. Where does a busy teacher find appropriate lessons and activities to guide students in developing these required CCSS English Language Arts skills?


      In this first post of a series about the fantastic Thinkfinity Consortium gateway, we're looking at EDSITEmenta partnership among the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Verizon Foundation, and the National Trust for the Humanities.

      "All websites linked to EDSITEment have been reviewed for content, design, and educational impact in the classroom. They cover a wide range of humanities subjects, from American history to literature, world history and culture, language, art, and archaeology, and have been judged by humanities specialists to be of high intellectual quality."

      EDSITEment truly is a treasure trove, with lesson plans searchable by subject, theme, and grade level. As examples, I want to point you to two of these: Anne Frank: One of Hundreds of Thousands and Anne Frank: WriterThese lessons provide a means for you to "supplement your students' reading of The Diary of a Young Girl by connecting the diary to the study of history and to honor the legacy of Anne Frank, the writer, as she inspires your students to use writing to deepen their insights into their own experiences and the experiences of others."


      The skills listed for the lessons are:
      • Critical analysis
      • Critical thinking
      • Historical analysis
      • Textual analysis
      • Using primary sources
      Here are two of the learning objectives:
      • Use specific examples from first-hand accounts to draw conclusions about one aspect of human behavior.
      • Students will read the diary in search of quotes that indicate Anne's reflections on different feelings, relationships and behaviors that she noted while her family was in hiding. 
      Below is the first page of The Diary of Anne Frank: A Changing Record, which you can use as a guide for close reading. Students are asked to cite entry date and quote for emotions, relationships, and behaviors they find in Anne's diary.



      There are hundreds more wonderful lessons in EDSITEment's library - lessons for the Common Core, at your service from this amazing resource, for FREE. Enjoy!