Area of Focus
This free e-newsletter, written by Heather Clayton, provides a practitioners insights and powerful suggestions about instructional approaches that help K-12 educators implement the Common Core in ways that maximize its positive impact on student learning.
Frayer Model Template
The Frayer Model is a visual organizer that helps learners separate critical attributes from interesting information about a concept. It is a recommended approach for promoting vocabulary and concept development.
Reflections on Nonfiction Reading Template
Use this Reflections on Nonfiction Reading template to give students the opportunity to reflect and write about their reading. A completed exemplar is included.
Protocol for Close Reading Template
Use the Close Reading Protocol template as a planning tool when implementing this Common Core shift.
Think Aloud Exemplar
This Think Aloud exemplar is based on Raising Yoder’s Barn by Jane Yolen. The thinking modeled is describing how a particular story’s plot unfolds in a series of episodes, as well as how the characters respond as the plot moves toward a resolution.
Common Core Unit Template
Upon completing an extensive review of the literature, a task force in Pittsford Central School District, New York, developed this Common Core unit template. It is organized around the Just ASK SBE Planning Ovals.