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?
I love this lesson! The concept of using monsters to teach at the high school level is genius. I am beginning my unit on the Holocaust and plan to incorporate this as a pre-reading activity. I often use the pair share activity that was shown in the video but never have I stretched to another level. I am definitely going to try to incorporate the square. As a special education teacher I am going to have to adapt the reading level of the articles and use more examples of monsters in my initial presentation. Since many of my students have limited prior knowledge; I am also going to show a clip from the movie "Frankenstein." As a culminating activity we will be reading the entire book "Night." Throughout my unit on the Holocaust I am going to stress how people can become monsters in society. Again I question the level of the text and how I will approach this with my students. My only option would be to read each article to the students, but that ruins the think pair share squar
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I love how she uses partners and the AA/BB pairing. Everywhere polling is a great idea that I've tried, and I love she uses wordle (sp?) with it.
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Great lesson very tech savvy, I loved her hook to get people interested in the activity.
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I was interested in so many of the activities she incorporated in that one lesson. Great examples and ways to engage students in multiple forms. I am anxious to share this with my co-workers and give them a try. I liked how she mixed her pair sharing groups AA BB and then turned a pair into a square. This we can do!
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I think it was an awesome lesson. I think, at points, it moved to quickly and didn't allow for introspection...(of course, this is most likely because she did the lesson in 12 mins instead of taking a full class period) I also think tying the idea into current literature would be beneficial and would help fulfill CC requirements. As a mini-lesson or a 50 min lesson, I think this kind of intro is a great idea. It moves quickly and keeps students engaged. incorporating the cell-phone/tech aspect was brilliant. It would give the kids the right kind of outlet for their tech needs while keeping everyone else engaged and accountable.
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Johnston Senior High School
6501 Nw 62nd Ave
Johnston IA 50131
Population: 1541

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