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Title:Using the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts With Gifted and Advanced Learners
Authors:Joyce VanTassel-Baska Ed.D.
Info:Prufrock Press, Inc. (2012), Paperback, 108 pages
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Using the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts With Gifted and Advanced Learners by Joyce VanTassel-Baska Ed.D.



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This small book was developed by the National Association for Gifted Children after many of their members requested information about how to integrate the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) with the gifted programs and curricula that they were currently using. After a brief discussion about what the CCSS is, and how the adoption of these standards may affect the educational process for both teachers and students, the book gives numerous examples of how the implementation of a standard might look for an average learner, and then for a gifted learner. It also discusses how multiple standards may be incorporated into one project, and assessments that encourage higher level thinking and creativity. A suggested timeline for a district to implement CCSS into the gifted program is included, and a list of resources for CCSS implementation. Over all, I believe that the National Association for Gifted Children set out to do what they needed to do; offer a concise, but practical, guide to the teachers of gifted children about how to incorporate CCSS into their current program of study. ( )
  bugsbrock | May 27, 2013 |
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This book under the title "Using the common core state standards in English" would be a good book in itself. While most states, districts and schools are implementing this new standard, the book is a nice concise (as in TINY AND SHORT) How-To with simple presentation, documentation, references, and overview.
As such, I would give it 3* (4 minus one for the unwarranted price. A magazine has more pages and more text, yet is priced at $5-9)

What they did is insert, document, and add parallel How-To for differentiation in the basic guide, making it a great book for using the CCSS in the classroom, EVEN/specially when there is a need for differentiation for the Gifted.
As such, the book should get a 4*

However, since 90% of the work was done, I wish they went 10% further, and added the tiny portion about differentiation for the struggling students. The format and presentation of the pages would need some adjustment, but it would make differentiation and interpretation of the CCSS fully complete - further covering the differentiation for 2e students. For that reason alone, I'll stay at 3* ( )
  sophie65 | Feb 22, 2013 |
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The purpose of the book is to give teacher's and administrators some strategies and ready-made examples to use with the Common Core State Standards for English and Language Arts with students across the K-12 curriculum. The new CCSS have been adopted by 45 states so far, and are aimed at teaching students what they need to succeed in college and/or the workplace. Emphasizing the skills needed in the 21st century. Skills that are highly stressed are collaboration, communication, thinking skills, creative thinking, problem solving, technology literacy, information media literacy, and cross-cultural skills. Though not all inclusive, this book is a fine example of how to use chosen standards with children with different abilities. Whether whole class, cluster grouping, or individuals pulled out and taught elsewhere many of the ideas and methods can be used as is or with a little modification. Examples are set up with GRADE and STRAND and then an idea for TYPICAL STUDENTS and ADVANCED STUDENTS. Relying heavily on Bloom's Taxonomy these examples may spark a teacher to ideas on how to modify for their classroom. This book would be a good start for any new teacher or for parents who home school or want to be more involved in their children's education. An experienced teacher may not want to invest the money for a few ideas. ( )
  janiereader | Jan 14, 2013 |
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I was hoping for real ideas, creativity and a little something to spark my own ideas. Instead it is a list of standards. This book seems like one of those "I had to write it for my class"books. I had hoped it would be more alive. ( )
  brandymcdonald | Jan 12, 2013 |
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You might think---and you would be right---that as a teacher of English to advanced kids in a state moving to the Common Core that I would be open to listening to sound notions on how to move in this Exciting New Direction.

But alas, this committee-written book is just eighty-eight pages of stating the obvious followed by strings of jargon followed by some what's-hip-now-in-education. Plus charts not that different than are available everywhere.

Then there's the whole (poorly addressed) question of why should "advanced" kids require better instruction. This aspect will rankle anyone with the slightest liberal streak.

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