Common Core for the Not-So-Common Learner, Grades K-5
English Language Arts Strategies
The strategies you need to teach common standards to diverse learners
The elementary years are a critical opportunity to help students of all backgrounds meet the demands of the Common Core Standards. In this realistic, thorough book, Maria Dove and Andrea Honigsfeld show how to help every K-5 student, including English Learners, students with disabilities, speakers of nonstandard English, and other struggling learners, meet the Common Core Standards for English Language Arts (ELA).
Educators will find an adaptable approach that ensures all students develop lasting language skills. This resource
- Familiarizes readers with each of the Common Core's 32 ELA anchor standards
- Outlines the specific skills that students need to master each standard
- Presents a wealth of flexible teaching strategies and instructional tools aligned to each anchor standard
- Includes guidance on collaboration and co-teaching for student success
Common Core for the Not-So-Common Learner is the standards-based ELA resource that elementary teachers have been waiting for!
"Each anchor standard in all five domains is fully explained with practical, engaging activities that can add fun and learning to any classroom. Readers will feel supported and energized for the challenges ahead, with a toolkit for meeting the needs of all learners."
—Elizabeth Gennosa, English/AIS Teacher
Sagamore Middle School, Holtsville, NY
"Here's a resource that will make your teaching life easier and support those learners in your classroom who worry you the most."
—Dolores Hennessy, Reading Specialist
Hill and Plain School, New Milford, CT
"No stone was left unturned in this text. All the best researchers and practitioners are included in this clear, succinct guide which unpacks the Standards and gives outstanding suggestions for best literacy practice. Each anchor standard in all five domains is fully explained with practical, engaging activities that can add fun and learning to any classroom. Readers will feel supported and energized for the challenges ahead, with a toolkit for meeting the needs of all learners."
"Here's a resource that will make your teaching life easier and support those learners in your classroom who worry you the most. This book is full of great strategies based on research and aligned with the Common Core. Strategies at your fingertips to provide you with less stress and worry, plus you will have students who are meeting with success."
"This book provides timely, practical assistance for addressing the needs of our unique learners during this time of rigorous standards-based instruction. One can use these samples and ideas immediately in his/her K-5 classroom!"
"Here's a book that can help teachers and administrators alike to meet the pressing need we all have to increase our repertoire of practical, research-supported strategies, if we are to enable all learners to meet the challenging requirements embedded in the new Common Core Standards. Dove and Honigsfeld's book is timely and immensely user friendly. We will absolutely not be able to "do" the Common Core on our own; Common Core for the Not-So-Common Learner, Grades K-5 will serve us well as a partner in enhancing our professional practice in ways that will support all of our students, not just those who have been targeted as high needs."
"Andrea and Maria have the unique gift of interpreting the research and translating into action for teachers. In this book, they outline in easy to understand language the instructional practices teachers need to engage in when implementing the Common Core with the 'not so common learners'. They have taken Collaboration to a new level of understanding for teachers who teach the 'not so common learner' and who want to take their English Learners to high levels of critical thinking and language development in the implementation of the Common Core."
"The strength of this book is in its organization. It not only addresses the key shifts of the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy, but is organized to the level of the anchor standards, which are further broken down into strand-specific sets. It doesn’t just talk about the Standards, but rather offers essential solutions to K-5 teachers on how to achieve them with diverse learners. Finally, a how-to book that is worth its weight in gold!"
"Though this book focuses on implementing the CORE standards with diverse learners, it really extends beyond to promote a schoolwide 'growth mindset' for an inclusive and collaborative service delivery model - a model which sees ELLs and other at-risk learners for what they can do with instructional support. This is a very practical handbook for elementary teachers and schools."
"If you want to know how to help the diverse learners in your classroom meet the Common Core Standards, Common Core for the Not-So-Common Learner is a must-read book."
Sample Materials & Chapters
Chapter 2: Strategies for Academic Language Development