Using Graphic Novels to Model and Teach Standards

Common Core. These two words trigger much debate and even speculation across the country in the field of education. Whether you, your school or your state is for, against, impartial or somewhere else, the skills and strategies endorsed in the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are everywhere. Part of my job is to look at […]

By |July 6th, 2016|Standards-Based Learning|0 Comments

Book Recommendation: The Red Pencil by Andrea Davis Pinkney

Grades 4-12, Level Q, Lexile HL620

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On the heels of reading Brown Girl Dreaming, which rekindled my love affair with poetry and sparked a brand new obsession with novels in verse, I found Andrea Davis Pinkney’s post “Finding the Red Pencil” over at Nerdy […]

By |March 19th, 2015|Standards-Based Learning|0 Comments

Booksource’s Top Ten Books with Source Materials

“Give me liberty or give me death!” Who was it that said that? Patrick Henry, of course! Primary source materials can add passion and punch to your lessons. The Text Exemplars from Appendix B of the Common Core State Standards include several primary source materials. These exemplars are the types of texts that your students […]

By |May 27th, 2014|Standards-Based Learning|0 Comments

Connecting Titles to the Common Core


When I am reading a new title, I am now looking at it with a critical Common Core eye. Of course most titles will support at least one of the initiatives set out by Common Core, but some titles stand out to me. As Booksource expands our offerings, we often consider anchor standard nine: “Analyze […]

By |May 27th, 2014|Standards-Based Learning|0 Comments

Get “Core Ready” with a Focus on Fiction

By Pam Allyn, Found of LitWorld and LitLife

We’ve all been hearing a lot about the push to include more nonfiction in the classroom. And, while the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) recommend that reading be 70 percent informational by the time students are in grade 12, it is important to note that these percentages reflect […]

By |May 27th, 2014|Standards-Based Learning|0 Comments