For the Sake of Argument: Another Common Core Shift

Additional Resources

Professional Books

Caine, Karen.  Writing to Persuade: Minilessons to Help Students Plan, Draft, and Revise.    ISBN: 978-0-325-01734-1.

Calkins, Lucy, Mary Ehrenworth, and Christopher Lehman.   Pathways to the Common Core: Accelerating Achievement.  ISBN:  978-0-325-04355-5.

Units of Study developed by Lucy Calkins and colleagues at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project for the three text types of the Common Core. Available for purchase beginning March 2013.

Read-alouds to Build Background Knowledge about Persuasion

Cleary, Beverly.  Emily's Runaway Imagination.  ISBN:  9780380709236.  Lexile: 910

Cronin, Doreen.  Click Clack Moo: Cows that Type. ISBN:  9780689832130. Lexile: AD160

Grambling, Lois.  Can I Have a Stegosaurus, Mom? Can I? Please!?  ISBN: 9780816733873.  Lexile: 560

Orloff, Karen.  I Wanna Iguana.  ISBN: 9780399237171.  Lexile:  AD460

Orloff, Karen.  I Wanna New Room . ISBN: 9780399254055.  Lexile:AD540

Seuss, Dr.  The Cat in the Hat.  ISBN: 9780394800011.  Lexile: 260

Teague, Mark.  Dear Mrs. LaRue: Letters from Obedience School.  ISBN: 9780439206631.  Lexile: 500

Viorst, Judith. Earrings!  ISBN: 9780689867842. Lexile: 470

Wells, Rosemary.  Otto Runs for President.  ISBN: 9780545037228.  Lexile: 570

Willems, Mo.  Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late. ISBN: 9781423101871. Lexile: AD270


Pinterest fans might want to search here for ideas from other teachers.

The Literacy Design Collaborative offers fill-in-the-blank template tasks here to help you to craft writing assignments that take into account different audiences, written products, purposes, etc.

The Utah Education Network provides many CCSS links especially useful for upper elementary teachers, neatly organized in one location.


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