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The Common Core Companion: The Standards Decoded, Grades 6-8: Understanding and Implementing the Standards Across Content Areas



Are you a middle school teacher looking for a comprehensive guide to help you understand and implement the Common Core Standards in your classroom? If so, you might want to check out The Common Core Companion: The Standards Decoded, Grades 6-8: What They Say, What They Mean, How to Teach Them by Jim Burke and R. James. This book is part of a series that provides clear explanations, practical examples, and effective strategies for teaching each standard across different content areas. In this article, we will review what this book has to offer for grades 6-8 teachers who want to make their instruction more aligned with the Common Core expectations.




The Common Core Companion: The Standards Decoded, Grades 6-8: What They Say, What They Mean, How to



The Common Core Standards for English Language Arts




The Common Core Standards for English Language Arts (ELA) aim to prepare students for college and career readiness by developing their skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening, and language. The standards emphasize three key shifts: complexity, evidence, and knowledge. This means that students are expected to read and comprehend complex texts from various genres and disciplines; write and speak using evidence from texts and sources; and build knowledge through reading, writing, research, and discussion.


The book helps teachers understand what each standard says, what it means, how it connects to other standards, and how to teach it effectively. For each strand of ELA (reading, writing, speaking and listening, and language), the book provides:


  • A table that shows the standards side by side with key distinctions for each grade level



  • A glossary that defines the essential terms and concepts in the standards



  • A section that explains the rationale and purpose of each standard, with student prompts and questions



  • A section that suggests content to cover, lesson ideas, and instructional techniques for each standard, with examples and tips



  • A section that addresses the needs of English language learners and students with disabilities



Here are some examples of lesson ideas and instructional techniques for each strand of ELA:


Reading




  • Use text sets to expose students to multiple texts on the same topic or theme, and have them compare and contrast the texts using a graphic organizer



  • Use close reading strategies to help students analyze the structure, language, and meaning of complex texts, and have them annotate the texts using symbols and notes



  • Use text-dependent questions to guide students' comprehension and interpretation of texts, and have them cite evidence from the texts to support their answers



Writing




  • Use mentor texts to model different types of writing (narrative, informative/explanatory, argumentative) and have students identify the elements and techniques of each type



  • Use writing frames to scaffold students' writing process and help them organize their ideas, evidence, and analysis



  • Use peer feedback and revision strategies to help students improve their writing quality and clarity, and have them use rubrics and checklists to self-assess their work



Speaking and Listening




  • Use collaborative discussions to engage students in meaningful conversations about texts and topics, and have them use sentence stems and protocols to facilitate their interactions



  • Use multimedia presentations to enhance students' oral communication skills and help them convey their ideas effectively, and have them use visual aids and notes to support their speech



  • Use listening activities to help students develop their listening comprehension and critical thinking skills, and have them use graphic organizers and summaries to demonstrate their understanding



Language




  • Use word walls to display academic vocabulary words from various content areas, and have students use the words in their speaking and writing



  • Use mini-lessons to teach grammar, punctuation, and usage rules in context, and have students practice applying the rules in their own writing



  • Use word games and puzzles to reinforce students' knowledge of word parts, meanings, relationships, and origins



The Common Core Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects




The Common Core Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects aim to prepare students for reading and writing in different disciplines by developing their skills in analyzing, evaluating, synthesizing, and communicating information from various sources. The standards are similar to the ELA standards for reading and writing, but they are tailored to the specific demands and expectations of each content area.


The book helps teachers integrate literacy skills across the curriculum by providing guidance on how to select appropriate texts and tasks that support the literacy standards. For each content area (history/social studies, science, technical subjects), the book provides:


  • A table that shows the literacy standards side by side with key distinctions for each grade level



  • A section that explains the rationale and purpose of each standard, with student prompts and questions



  • A section that suggests content-specific texts and tasks that support the literacy standards, with examples and tips



  • A section that addresses the needs of English language learners and students with disabilities



Here are some examples of content-specific texts and tasks that support the literacy standards:


History/Social Studies





Use primary sources (such as letters, speeches, diaries) to help students analyze historical events and perspectives from multiple viewpoints Use secondary sources (such as textbooks, articles, documentaries) to help students evaluate historical arguments and evidence from different sources Use research projects (such as reports, presentations, essays) to help students synthesize information from various sources and communicate their findings and conclusions


Science





Use scientific texts (such as journals, articles, textbooks) to help students understand scientific concepts and phenomena from different disciplines Use scientific experiments (such as investigations, demonstrations, simulations) to help students apply scientific methods and practices to test hypotheses and collect data Technical Subjects




  • Use technical texts (such as manuals, instructions, diagrams) to help students understand technical processes and procedures from different fields



  • Use technical projects (such as designs, models, prototypes) to help students apply technical skills and tools to create or improve products or systems



  • Use technical reports (such as proposals, evaluations, recommendations) to help students communicate technical information and solutions to various audiences



The Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice




The Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice describe the habits of mind and behaviors that students need to develop in order to become mathematically proficient. The standards are not specific to any grade level or content area, but they apply to all mathematics learning and teaching. The standards are:


  • Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.



  • Reason abstractly and quantitatively.



  • Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.



  • Model with mathematics.



  • Use appropriate tools strategically.