September 21, 2011
Loguidice Educational Center, Large Group Room

Today's topic: What is a “close read”?

At the heart of these instructional shifts, is the focus of literacy instruction to careful examination of the text itself. In aligned materials, work in reading and writing (as well as speaking and listening) must center on the text. The Common Core Standards are emphatic about students reading text of an adequate range and complexity. Just as important, the Standards focus intently on students reading closely to draw evidence from the text itself.

8:00 - 8:30 Registration/Coffee/Networking
  • Please bring a resource/book that you would like to share as an example of complex text.

8:30 - 8:50 Introductions/Review of Agenda Items
  • New members and returning veterans get acquainted

8:50 - 9:30 News & Notes from NYSED and SCDN
  • Share out of latest and most important updates and developments from our State Ed Dept.
  • Instructional Shifts in the Common Core Learning Standards
  • Diving Deeper: Popcorn Activity

9:30 - 10:00 District Dialogue
  • A representative voice from each district will brief the group on important and relevant developments

10:00 - 10:15 Break

10:15 -11:30 Best Practice: Modeled lesson on a close read
  • In what ways does this exemplar model the 6 shifts required for implementation of the Common Core? What did I learn, think about, or wonder while watching and reading? Which questions bring you deeply into the text? We will look at Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address in order to experience a collaborative close reading of a text.

11:30 - 12:30 Lunch

12:30 - 1:30 Breakouts by Grade Level

Session Best Practice: Teacher2Teacher
  • Please bring an example of a grade level text and lesson you have used or are planning to use as you align with CCLS. This could be a complex text example from Appendix B or another resource you have uncovered. We will share out these resources and activities and discuss how the lesson went and your plans for future implementation of complex text sources.

1:30 - 2:45 Unfinished business continues
  • Gettysburg Address lesson model
  • Diving Deeper: Popcorn activity

2:15 - 2:45 Technology Talk with Denny

2:45 - 3:00 Debrief and Future Planning

NYSED Resources and Updates

The Commissioner's Press Conference regarding 3-8 ELA and 3-8 Math assessment results for 2010-11 has been completed and the following information is now available. The 3-8 conversion charts can be found at

Resources and Links

Gettysburg Address Resources
Gettysburg Address Video from EngageNY (NYSED)
Gettysburg Address Exemplar Unit from EngageNY (NYSED)
Peter Norvig's Gettysburg PowerPoint
Sam Waterson Reading the Gettysburg Address
Chicago Tribune article: Is PowerPoint the Devil?
How to do a Close Reading from Harvard University
Letter from Birmingham Jail example from David Coleman (4/28/2011) from Bringing the Common Core to Life
Downloadable resources from Bringing the Common Core to Life presentation
KeepVid (used to download YouTube videos for use off-line)

Additional Resources used or mentioned
EngageNY (NYSED)
Poetry Out Loud Competition
Poetry Out Loud Videos
Teacher Training Videos (the source for the above 3 resources)
Bringing Words to Life (book includes academic vocabulary information) by Isabel Beck
ACE Procedure: Answer, Cite, Expand

Erie 2 BOCES Resources mentioned
Professional Development Calendar (Common Core and other training from our IES peeps)
CCLS Charts: Explore the Teaching & Assessment of the Standards

Topics mentioned during District Roundtable
Assessment (NYS approved) Star Reading Enterprise (from Karen Kondrick-Ripley CSD)
Literature anthology adoption from several districts (6-12) from Holt McDougal
The Book Whisperer by Donalyn Miller (11/15 in Ellington, NY) from E2CC BOCES School Library Services
Audio Books from One Click Audio