Monday, May 20, 2013

Post for the week of May 20, 2013

Post for the week of May 20, 2013

This week, we explore #6 on this document:

IN--Mainly evidence-based analyses.  OUT--Mainly writing without sources.

This one makes sense to me.  Common Core is all about students spending more time "in text."  The more you read and write about what you're reading, the better your reading and writing skills are for college and career. 

Writing an argument based on five sources or writing an analysis of a poem forces you to use what you've read to make an argument. 

In the past, many writing assignments didn't require students to read anything.  Thus, skills didn't build as quickly. 

I think that the AP exams are an excellent example of evidence-based analysis, and the released PARCC items are another good vision of how this will work. 

Consider adding writing to the texts you read and requiring students to use evidence. 

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