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Inside the Common Core Classroom: Practical ELA Strategies for Grades K-2, 1st edition

  • Lesley Mandel Morrow
  • Erin Kramer
  • Amy Monaco

Published by Pearson (July 30th 2014) - Copyright © 2015

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Inside the Common Core Classroom: Practical ELA Strategies for Grades K-2

ISBN-13: 9780133362992

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Pearson’s definitive new series on the Common Core State Standards has been written to support the implementation of the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts in K–12 classrooms. Volumes in the series address the Common Core in grades K–2, 3–5, 6–8, and 9–12. The purpose of the series is to help teachers create connections between the Standards and their school curriculums. Each book includes in-depth information about the Common Core at a particular grade level band and examples of a variety of teaching ideas to support students' meeting the expectations of the ELA Standards.


Inside the Common Core Classroom: Practical ELA Strategies for Grades K-2  helps teachers see ideas in action in this insightful look at the key aspects and fundamental shifts of the ELA Common Core Standards for grades K-2. Each standard is accompanied by a comprehensive look into a kindergarten, first grade, or second grade classroom as well as valuable, practical tips for teachers and lesson plan ideas that can be put to immediate use. Classroom vignettes complete with specific teacher-and-student dialogues help readers picture how to implement each standard in their own classrooms. 


An indispensable resource for all who teach in grades K-2, as well as curriculum directors, reading specialists, literacy coaches, and school administrators, this ready-to-use, easy-to-understand resource:

  • A wealth of information to clarify instruction aligned to the standards—plus suggestions for instruction and assessment.
  • A look at the standards in action in actual classrooms.
  • Practical, ready-to-use guidance for making the standards an everyday part of teaching and learning.

Lesley Mandel Morrow is a Distinguished Professor of Literacy at the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Her research deals with early literacy development and the organization and management of language arts programs. Dr. Morrow has published more than 300 journal articles, chapters, and books. Her work has been recognized with awards including the Outstanding Teacher Educator of Reading Award from the International Reading Association (IRA). She also received the William S. Gray Citation of Merit from IRA and the Oscar S. Causey Award from the Literacy Research Association. 


Erin Kramer is a recent graduate of the Reading Specialist Masters Program at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and a second-grade teacher in the Morris Plains School District in Morris Plains, New Jersey, where she was teacher of the year for 2011-2012.


Amy Monaco has a Master’s degree in Literacy and Reading Specialist certification from Rutgers University. She is currently a first grade teacher in the Monroe Township School District in Monroe, New Jersey. She lives in central New Jersey with her husband Matt and their two kittens, Marlon Brando and Natalie Wood.


Table of contents

Brief Table of Contents

Introduction: Donna Ogle

Chapter 1- Speaking, Listening and Language Development

Chapter 2 - Foundational Skills

Chapter 3 – Reading Standards: Comprehending Literature

Chapter 4 – Standards Comprehending Informational Text

Chapter 5 – Writing and the Common Core Standards


Chapter 6- Healthy Food and Healthy Bodies: A Science Unit Using Language Arts/Literacy: Common Core State Standards


Chapter 7 - Using the CCSS throughout the School Day

Appendix: Common Core State Standards for Kindergarten through Grade 2

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