Series: Common Core Challenge


Common core State Standards

  • ELA:  English Language Arts
  • RI:  Reading Standards for Informational Text 6-\x80\x9312
  • 11-12:  11th & 12th Grades
  • 7: 
    Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in different
    media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words in order to
    address a question or solve a problem.

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Common core State Standards

  • ELA:  English Language Arts
  • W:  Writing Standards 6-12
  • 11-12:  11th & 12th Grades
  • 2f: 
    Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas,
    concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection,
    organization, and analysis of content.

    a. Introduce a topic; organize complex ideas, concepts, and information so
    that each new element builds on that which precedes it to create a unified
    whole; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., figures, tables), and
    multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.

    b. Develop the topic thoroughly by selecting the most significant and relevant
    facts, extended definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information
    and examples appropriate to the audienceĆ¢\x80\x99s knowledge of the topic.

    c. Use appropriate and varied transitions and syntax to link the major sections
    of the text, create cohesion, and clarify the relationships among complex
    ideas and concepts.

    d. Use precise language, domain-specific vocabulary, and techniques such as
    metaphor, simile, and analogy to manage the complexity of the topic.

    e. Establish and maintain a formal style and objective tone while attending to
    the norms and conventions of the discipline in which they are writing.

    f. Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports
    the information or explanation presented (e.g., articulating implications or
    the significance of the topic).

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Common core State Standards

  • ELA:  English Language Arts
  • SL:  Speaking and Listening Standards 6-\x80\x9312
  • 11-12:  11th & 12th Grades
  • 1a: 
    Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one on
    one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 11-\x80\x9312 topics,
    texts, and issues, building on others'\x80\x99 ideas and expressing their own clearly and

    a. Come to discussions prepared, having read and researched material under
    study; explicitly draw on that preparation by referring to evidence from texts
    and other research on the topic or issue to stimulate a thoughtful, well reasoned
    exchange of ideas.

    b. Work with peers to promote civil, democratic discussions and decision making,
    set clear goals and deadlines, and establish individual roles as

    c. Propel conversations by posing and responding to questions that probe
    reasoning and evidence; ensure a hearing for a full range of positions on a
    topic or issue; clarify, verify, or challenge ideas and conclusions; and promote
    divergent and creative perspectives.

    d. Respond thoughtfully to diverse perspectives; synthesize comments, claims,
    and evidence made on all sides of an issue; resolve contradictions when
    possible; and determine what additional information or research is required
    to deepen the investigation or complete the task.

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Meeting Our Monsters: A Lesson in Text Synthesis
Lesson Objective: Learn how to develop a concept by synthesizing the textual evidence of multiple perspectives or texts.
Grades 11-12 / ELA
ELA.RI.11-12.7 | ELA.W.11-12.2f | ELA.SL.11-12.1a

Thought starters

  1. What Core Action indicator(s) does this lesson best exemplify?
  2. What strategies are used to help students make meaning from the text?
Actually, I just found the workbook--thanks!
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Is it possible to get the set of texts used? Thank you!
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I saw the collaborative way to use Wordle, and I will use this method to share the big ideas for particular topics with each individual class I teach! Thank you, and please know I share my love and appreciation of your amazing work with many!
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Jennifer Maschhoff- I would like to use this lesson as Intro to Night as well- do you have any ideas or resources that might help me design the lesson? Thanks!
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I really like how you have emphasized that teachers must first and foremost consider the purpose for learning. I see too many teachers who focus on the task as the end result when it should be student learning that is the focus of why they are using the tasks and activities that they have chosen.
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School Details

Johnston Senior High School
6501 Nw 62nd Ave
Johnston IA 50131
Population: 1541

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Sarah Brown Wessling


TCH Special

Grades 6-12, All Subjects, Civic Engagement

TCH Special

Grades 6-12, All Subjects, Civic Engagement

TCH Special

Grades 6-12, All Subjects, Civic Engagement

Teaching Practice

All Grades / All Subjects / Collaboration