Teacher-Librarians will play a critical role in the implementation of the Montana Common Core Standards. As teachers of information and technology literacy, advocates for reading, and managers of information services, the teacher-librarian should focus on the following areas.
Montana Common Core Standards and Assessment OPI Web Page
Visit the Montana Common Core State Standards and Assessment Wiki
Instructional Materials Toolkit
Revised Publishers' Criteria for the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts and Literacy, Grades K-2 http://www.corestandards.org/assets/Publishers_Criteria_for_K-2.pdf
Revised Publishers' Criteria for the Common Core State
Standards in English Language Arts and Literacy, Grades 3-12 www.corestandards.org/assets/Publishers_Criteria_for_3-12.pdf<http://www.corestandards.org/assets/Publishers_Criteria_for_3-12.pdf>
Alignment of the Montana Common Core Standards and the Information Literacy-Library Media Standards
Supplemental Information for Appendix A of the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy: New Research on Text Complexity
Curriculum Alignment Presentation (December 1, 2011)
Resources to Review (compiled by Jennifer Maurer, Oregon State Library):
SLJ Article about Common Core & School Libraries
Back in early April, School Library Journal had an excellent article about the role of school librarians in implementing the common core state standards (CCSS); it’s called “All Aboard!: Implementing Common Core Offers School Librarians an Opportunity to Take the Lead.” Thanks to Jennifer Maydole for bringing it to my attention. http://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/slj/home/893928-312/all_aboard_implementing_common_core.html.csp
The article offers some very practical advice on supporting the common core standards, especially around building your nonfiction collection. Recall that an emphasis on engaging students with informational text is one of the major shifts in the English language arts and the literacy in the content areas standards. The article ends with a section on getting started with the CCSS that encourages library staff to rethink their collection and its funding sources. Below are a few resources that can support you in those efforts.
These are some resources that came to mind; the list is by no means exhaustive.
From the SLJ article: “Close reading of shorter texts. Your databases will become teachers’ new best friends once they discover that periodicals are a great source of superb shorter texts that students can dive into. Stretch your collection to include resources like The Civil War Times and other niche publications.”
Highlight resources from the statewide periodicals databases suite.
From the SLJ article: “The focus is on primary (or maybe secondary) sources, not the predigested tertiary writing found in many of today’s textbooks.”
Teaching with Primary Sources -- Library of Congress (blog that focuses on using primary sources): http://blogs.loc.gov/teachers/
Sample Post: http://blogs.loc.gov/teachers/2012/05/shortcuts-for-finding-primary-sources/ (finding primary resources)
TeachingHistory.org’s Using Primary Resources: http://teachinghistory.org/best-practices/using-primary-sources
Sample Resource: http://teachinghistory.org/best-practices/using-primary-sources/23513 (model for analyzing historical sources)
Nonfiction Book Awards
From the SLJ article: “Although we’re all still trying to figure out what exactly the term ‘literary nonfiction’ means, for your library it means you’ll need to buy more world-class informational texts. Think Gail Gibbons’s animal books or Jared Diamond’s Guns, Germs and Steel—extremely well-written titles that are packed with valuable information.”
ALSC’s Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal: http://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia/sibertmedal
ALSC’s Notable Children’s Books (some are nonfiction): http://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/notalists
YALSA’s Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults: http://www.ala.org/yalsa/nonfiction-award
YALSA’s Outstanding Books for the College Bound (updated every 5 years; some are nonfiction): http://www.ala.org/yalsa/outstanding-books-college-bound
Booklist Editor’s Choice’s Books for Youth (some are nonfiction): http://www.ala.org/awardsgrants/awards/30/detail
Booklist Editor’s Choice’s Adult Books for Young Adults (some
are nonfiction): http://www.ala.org/awardsgrants/awards/31/detail
Amelia Bloomer Book List (some are nonfiction): http://www.ala.org/awardsgrants/awards/34/detail
National Council for the Social Studies’ Notable Tradebooks for Young People (most are nonfiction): http://www.socialstudies.org/resources/notable
National Council for the Social Studies’ Carter G. Woodson Book Award: http://www.socialstudies.org/awards/woodson
National Science Teachers Association’s Outstanding Science
Trade Books for Students K-12: http://www.nsta.org/publications/ostb/
Working with Nonfiction
Creating Questions for Close Analytic Reading: This document is on the support page for the ELA standards and helps educators develop better questions to ask of students when analyzing informational text: http://www.achievethecore.org/steal-these-tools/text-dependent-questions.
Nonfiction for Young Adults: From Delight to Wisdom: This book by Dr. Betty Carter and by Richard Abrahamson is 20 years old, but it has great ideas for using nonfiction in libraries and classrooms. It also explains how to choose informational books – identifies criteria to look for when selecting nonfiction. http://www.bama.ua.edu/~jstallwo/yal/Articles/Some%20Teens%20Prefer%20Nonfiction.pdf (article that references the book)
Reading Teacher Article: “Information
Book Read-Alouds As Models for Second-Grade Authors: Focused Read-Alouds Can Be
a Valuable Method for Scaffolding Genre Knowledge”:
Resources (lots!) from the
NY Times’ The Learning Network:
Ed Week Collection of Resources on Information Text (focuses on a
PDF from ODE: K-12 Teachers: Building Comprehension in the Common Core):
Bringing the Common Core to Life A series of webinars presented in the Spring of 2011 where participants engaged with a leading author and architect of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), David Coleman, to understand how the Core Standards for College and Career Readiness build on the work New York State has done in developing a standards-based system and their specific implications for teachers and instructional leaders state wide.
Common Core Implementation Video Series Videos developed by the Council of Chief State School Officers to help educators better understand the breadth of the Common Core State Standards and how they will cultivate lifelong learning for all students. The segments are organized into separate mathematics and English language arts sections, and demonstrate critical concepts related to each.
Common Core State Standards Initiative As stated on the about page: "The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a state-led effort coordinated by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). The standards were developed in collaboration with teachers, school administrators, and experts, to provide a clear and consistent framework to prepare our children for college and the workforce." Librarians should be familiar with these standards whether or not your state has adopted them.
Library of Congress Common Core Resource Center You can search this vast collection of resources by standard, state, grade level or subject.
NEA Common Core State Standards Toolkit. The resources contained in this overview provide a general understanding of Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and a growing set of advocacy tools. NEA has compiled these materials to snapshot key areas of implementation and assist in broad communications about the Standards."
Wahlstrom, Deborah. An Implementation Guide For Integrating
Literacy In Science Provides
an overview of the Common Core Standards for Literacy in History/Social
Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects.