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Common Core Bringing Inquiry to Life: Reading, Research and Writing
Reading Targets 2 CCSS goal: students leave the lesson having read, analyzed and understood what they have READ. Pre CCSS goal: Students leave the lesson knowing the details of the narrative and the way a particular “element” is playing out.
Key Design Considerations of the CCLS Research and media skills blended into the Standards as a whole To be ready for college, workforce training, and life in a technological society, students need the ability to gather, comprehend, evaluate, synthesize, and report on information and ideas, to conduct original research in order to answer questions or solve problems, and to analyze and create a high volume and extensive range of print and nonprint texts in media forms old and new…” 3 --From page 4 of the CCSS in ELA/Literacy/ http://www.corestandards.org/assets/CCSSI_ELA%20Standards.pdf http://www.corestandards.org/assets/CCSSI_ELA%20Standards.pdf
Writing Standards: Writing has a progression 4 CCR Anchor Std 7Grade 6Grade 7Grade 8 Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation. Conduct short research projects to answer a question, drawing on several sources and refocusing the inquiry when appropriate. Conduct short research projects to answer a question, drawing on several sources and generating additional related, focused questions for further research and investigation. Conduct short research projects to answer a question (including a self- generated question), drawing on several sources and generating additional related, focused questions that allow for multiple avenues of exploration.
Writing Standards: Writing has a progression 5 CCR Anchor Std 7 Grades 9-10Grades 11-12 Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation. Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question) or solve a problem; Narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; Synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation. a. Explore topics dealing with different cultures and world viewpoints.
Teaching Writing 6 Common Core requires that students get smart about the products good writers create. Prior to the Common Core we often focused on the habits good writers have.
Writing from Sources Subshifts Subshift AExamine models, note criteria, unpack prompt/ task Subshift BWork with sources Subshift CGrapple with complex text and content; leverage academic vocabulary Subshift DEmphasize questioning, Inquiry, and explaining understanding rather than defense Subshift EFollow inquiry process: questions, sources, information, scope and plan product Subshift FUse technology and other minds 7
How to initiate the inquiry process in a K-12 Classroom 1.Explore a topic ( via a text, e.g., “Approach for Thinking About Thinking.”)Approach for Thinking About Thinking 2.Choose an area of investigation 3.Framing inquiry 9
Inquiry: initiate! Read Temple Grandin’s “Approach for Thinking About Thinking”Approach for Thinking About Thinking With a partner, come up with 1-3 possible topics to explore from/through this text. Note: although this text is not an objective reporting of information, it does allow for inquiry via the information, details and/or the rhetorical style it employs. 10
Topics “…As a person with autism, I have the typical profile of an area of great skill and an area of difficulty. Algebra was impossible because there was nothing to visualize, but I excelled at art. Thinking in pictures has been a great asset in my business of designing livestock facilities for cattle. I can visualize projects in my mind before they are built. I observed that cattle often refused to walk over shadows, and they were spooked by sparkling reflections or shiny metal on wet floors. These things were obvious to me, but many previous designers had failed to see them … Different kinds of minds should work together. When they do, they complement each other’s skills. For example, I leave it to the pattern thinkers to design a nuclear power plant, but I think a photo-realistic visual thinker would have spotted a fatal flaw in the safety systems of the Japanese Fukushima nuclear reactors. The emergency generators for the cooling pumps were in low areas. When the tsunami hit, the generators were submerged and the reactors melted down. A visual thinker would have been able to imagine water cascading into the basement.” 11
Initial Inquiry Question How does having Autism make you think differently? 12 Sources about Autism Information about safety designs of nuclear reactors. Information re: the brain Information about autism and intelligence Information about causes of autism
Refined Inquiry Question What are the advantages that visual thinkers have over other kinds of thinkers? New information New sources Scope of project Begin the writing process OR Broaden or narrow inquiry (e.g. specific individuals, visual thinkers and design, ‘humane’ animal processing facilities, contribution of design flaws to otherwise avoidable man-made disasters.) 13
The sky’s the limit Research need not be limited to ELA and/or Social Studies/Science. Within the parameters of the demands of the shifts and the standards, and guided by student interest, research topics could touch upon the Arts, Physical Education, Economics, Technical/Vocational subjects, Technology, popular culture… 14 Beyoncé WHY BEYONCE IS SOOOO AWESOME What is the impact of Beyonce on 21 st century feminism?
The roles of the librarian and media specialist Provide access to sources, both print and non-print Guide inquiry through effective searching for sources in content areas and evaluation of sources Facilitate discussions with peers Build lifelong skills for college, careers and civic participation 15
Examples of CCLS aligned research in curriculum On EngageNY: Odell Education units: Research to Deepen Understanding for grades 6-12 Research simulation tasks in 6-8 Modules Research tasks in 3-5 Modules Research Modules in 9-12 16