Common Core Instructional Shifts
with TeachingBooks.net

TeachingBooks.net helps with your Common Core instructional shifts by...

  • Identifying exceptional and relevant books for your classroom,
  • Providing ready-to-use instructional materials for each text,
  • Exposing students to a range of text types, formats, and cultural perspectives,
  • Analyzing books with qualitative and quantitative text complexity measures.

Select your grade level band on the left
to get started.

New: Text Complexity Toolkit

Here are 4 instructional shifts that TeachingBooks.net directly supports.

Shift 1: Balance Informational & Literary Texts + See Next Steps and Goals - Showing Next Steps and Goals

Expose students to a true balance of informational and literary texts with exceptional, teacher-selected titles.

  • Identify titles from the booklists found in each "grade level band" on the left.
  • Goal: 50 - 80 % of texts all students read is informational.

Shift 2: Increase Reading in All Disciplines+ See Next Steps and Goals- Showing Next Steps and Goals

Provide teachers in all content areas exceptional, teacher-selected texts with varying complexity and rigor.

  • Identify titles from the booklists accessed by "grade level band" on the left.
  • Goal: all students are exposed to a range of text types, formats, cultural perspectives, and authoritative information outside of ELA and within history, science, social studies, and the arts.

Shift 3: Require Knowledge & Direct Consideration of the Text+ See Next Steps and Goals- Showing Next Steps and Goals

Support students' evidentiary argument skills both in conversation and in writing to assess their comprehension of a text.

  • Have ready-to-use questions about books that require students to reference the text in their answers. See the "Book Guides & Lesson Plans" found within each title on specific booklists accessed by "grade level band" on the left.
  • Goal: students use direct evidence of text, in lieu of personal reflections, in building evidence-based answers about studied text.

Shift 4: Expose Students to Authentic Writing & Research Processes+ See Next Steps and Goals- Showing Next Steps and Goals

Enable students to hear directly from award-winning writers about their development of ideas, use of language, organization of story, and research experiences.

  • Have "Meet-the-Author Movies", "Meet-the-Author Book Readings", and other author interviews found within the titles on each booklist accessed by "grade level band" on the left.
  • Goal: Students expand writing and research skills by learning directly from the experiences of professional book creators.

Click here to see all next steps and goals

For more information on The Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects, see:
http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy

For more information on text complexity, see:
the Council of Chief State School Officers' (CCSSO) Navigating Text Complexity resource page.

For the PDF of the text exemplar booklists in Appendix B, see:
http://www.teachingbooks.net/content/CCSSI_ELAExemplary_Texts_Appendix_B-1.pdf
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