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Texts, Tasks, & Talk

Instruction to Meet the Common Core in Grades 9-12

By: Brad Cawn

Discover the crucial role of text selection, close reading, task construction, classroom discussion, and collaboration in aligning instruction with the CCSS.

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Texts, Tasks, & Talk

Align teaching with next-generation standards. To fully address the Common Core State Standards, educators must pair standards-aligned instructional goals with high-quality texts or content. The author underscores the crucial role of selecting, preparing, and incorporating texts in curriculum design and the importance of close reading, rigorous task construction, purposeful classroom discussion, and focused collaboration in literacy instruction.

  • Learn how to align teaching with next-generation standards.
  • Discover how to build an effective text staircase in order to support literacy engagement.
  • Ask questions that can direct brainstorming and development of text sets.
  • Consider examples of inquiry frames, and then match the frames to standards and implement them.
  • Find out what kinds of discussion structures encourage student independence and proficiency.
  • Understand what close reading means, and discover the four known close reading protocols.

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Product Code: BKF645, EKF254

ISBN: 9781936763832

Page Count: 168

“Texts, Tasks, and Talk offers teachers practical applications in a manageable form—it does not need to be read cover to cover to be useful. It is applicable to those just beginning to familiarize themselves with standards as well as to those who have been immersed in the work for some time.”

Sherri Gould, literacy coach, Nokomis Regional High, Maine

“Brad Cawn's thoughtful research and practical framework for developing curriculum to meet the demands of the Common Core can help content-area teachers ground their conversations in the best research on ambitious instruction, which continues to challenge the certification approach to standards-based literacy that has focused on skills rather than the inextricable marriage between skills and content knowledge. Not only does the book make some of that complex work simpler by providing excellent examples of the relationship between text and task but it also champions the other two-thirds of the instructional core: the teachers and the students.”

Eileen Murphy Buckley, CEO, ThinkCERCA

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