Big Skills for the Common Core: Literacy Strategies for the 6-12 Classroom, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Big Skills for the Common Core

Literacy Strategies for the 6-12 Classroom, 1st Edition

By Amy Benjamin, Michael Hugelmeyer


200 pages

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Zoom in on the academic skills students are required to learn in reading, writing, speaking/listening, and language! This book cuts through all of the Common Core jargon and gets right to the heart of what students need to learn now. Big Skills for the Common Core is packed with engaging strategies you can use immediately to improve your students' literacy skills and help them retain those skills.

Special features include…

  • Charts that break down the skills for each anchor standard and put them into teacher- friendly language. BONUS! The charts highlight the big shifts for teachers for discussion and sharing.
  • Practical strategies to help students tackle and understand complex texts.
  • Helpful ideas for teaching argument writing, plus writing rubrics and assessment strategies.
  • Clear information on Tier II and Tier III words and how to teach them.

In addition, each section of the book ends with "Classroom Close-Ups," which take you inside real classrooms that are implementing the Common Core. You'll see the standards in action across the curriculum and get takeaway tips you can use tomorrow in your own classroom!


"The authors do a wonderful job of putting the Common Core State Standards into teacher-friendly language. They make a huge document more palatable and highlight the large shifts for teachers. There are very few books that tackle this in such a complete, yet simple way."

—Jessica Schmettan, Administrator for Instructional Support, Sachem CSD, NY

Table of Contents


Part 1: Reading

Chapter 1: Reading and the Common Core

Chapter 2: Meticulous Reading

Chapter 3: Recreational Reading: The Missing Ingredient

Conclusion: Reading

Classroom Close-Ups for Reading

Part 2: Writing

Chapter 4: Writing and the Common Core

Chapter 5: Creating a Culture of Writing: What Do Students Need?

Chapter 6: Writing to Learn: Science, Meet Syntax; Syntax, This Is Science

Chapter 7: Writing a Cogent Argument

Chapter 8: Formative and Summative Assessments

Conclusion: Writing

Classroom Close-Ups for Writing

Part 3: Speaking and Listening

Chapter 9: Speaking and Listening and the Common Core

Chapter 10: Traditional Classroom Discourse: The Recitation Script

Chapter 11: Moving Toward Socratic Dialogue

Chapter 12: Developing Social Competencies

Chapter 13: Whiteboarding

Conclusion: Speaking and Listening

Classroom Close-Ups for Speaking and Listening

Part 4: Language

Chapter 14: Language and the Common Core

Chapter 15: Grammar and the Common Core

Chapter 16: Teaching Vocabulary

Chapter 17: Spelling as Word Study

Conclusion: Language

Classroom Close-Ups for Language


Appendix A: Checklist for Paragraph Development

Appendix B: Writing Rubrics

Appendix C: Academic Word List

Appendix D: Semantic Features Chart


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