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At The Core Of It All

What Parents Need To Know About The New ELA Common Core Standards

October 6, 2013
The Post-Journal

"You will see that there is a topic sentence, three big ideas or stars and then two smaller red bar lines on your worksheet for the details," said Ring Elementary School fourth-grade teacher Denise Powers. "You already wrote the topic sentence and one big idea about what Tim forgot in the video, 'The Iroquois Confederacy.' Now, we need to support it with details. It's like building an ice cream sundae. You start with the vanilla ice cream but you add details like sprinkles, whipped cream and a cherry on top. Just ice cream is good but adding details makes it better. It is the same with your writing, details make your writing better. I want you to read quickly through the article on the Iroquois and locate specific text details about the Iroquois flag to tell Tim what he missed explaining in the video. Highlight the specific details you will use."



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