No Series: Using Common Core Language

Using Common Core Language

Lesson Objective: Share and use the language of the Common Core
All Grades / All Subjects / Communication
2 MIN

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Discussion and Supporting Materials

Thought starters

  1. How does Ms. Wu use the Common Core to help write objectives?
  2. Ms. Wu says the Common Core allows her to have a common ground with students. Why is this important?
  3. How can you adapt this strategy for different grade levels?

31 Comments

  • Private message to Raven Groom
Great tips and tools. I believe it's important to have the students use the language. The more they use it, the more the will understand.
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  • Private message to Amy Powell
Thank you, Esther, for sharing these awesome tools for facilitating the Socratic seminar. The self-assessment, coaching peer evaluation, and the listening evaluation are excellent tools for increasing student participation and ownership in the seminar. Providing the model of the target for types of language and functions you were looking for was a support that I am going to start providing for my students, as well. Thank you!
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  • Private message to Kathleen Leclair
Thank you so much for this. I teach 8th grade and just introduced the socratic seminar. I did a different spin on it though and since we have a 1:1 ipad program I had the outer circle have a conversation via google classroom about the conversation in the middle - everyone very engaged - looking to see how I can adapt this for 8th grade.
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  • Private message to Barbara Sullivan
These students appear to be on board with the CC terminology and theory behind it all. The scoring guide is a tremendous tool. I believe that most students cannot understand their own weaknesses and strengths, which will be highlighted in the scoring guide itself. Once they can hone in on those, they will be able to focus better and provided a better finished product. This information will not only help them in preparing research for high school, but also for future endeavors such as college, debates, and in general...life! The habits they develop during their high school years are the ones that will continue with them throughout their lives.
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  • Private message to Shelia Dixon
Students have a good understanding when they can talk about the skills and standards using the Common Core language to their peers
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Transcripts

  • USING COMMON CORE LANGUAGE TRANSCRIPT

    Using Common Core Language
    Video Transcript

    ESTHER WU INTERVIEW: I use the common core language with my

    USING COMMON CORE LANGUAGE TRANSCRIPT

    Using Common Core Language
    Video Transcript

    ESTHER WU INTERVIEW: I use the common core language with my students every day. Today’s objectives were a variation on the common core. I articulated what we were working on today and the objectives were the skills and the standards.

    ESTHER WU: We are going to be voicing our opinions, especially when we’re unsatisfied with the conversation. And of course always using our text for support.

    ESTHER WU INTERVIEW: I use this language with students and students are starting to use it for themselves and with each other.

    STUDENT: I’d really like to use the text, like, from either one of, or any of the essays to support what I’m saying to make it more in-depth.

    ESTHER WU INTERVIEW: It allows us to have a common ground with which to discuss what English language arts actually is and what we’re supposed to be learning; what I’m supposed be teaching; how this particular student is doing on a particular standard.

    STUDENT: I think you should look into your article more, and use that to kinda synthesize what other people say.

    ESTHER WU INTERVIEW: So, for example, on my speaking scoring guide I broke down the standard into different parts. Is the student citing specific evidence to support points? Is the student evaluating the multiple perspectives? Is the student integrating multiple text in conversation with one another? The language of the common core and the skills have enabled me to define what proficiency looks like for reading, for speaking, for listening, for writing.

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Mountain View High School
3535 Truman Avenue
Mountain View CA 94040
Population: 1871

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