Understanding Common Core State Standards

Where Creativity Meets the Common Core™

Today, teachers and administrators must work even harder to understand and implement Common Core State Standards. November Learning helps teachers and administrators make sense of these rigorous requirements.

Common Core State Standards

The learning objectives within the Common Core State Standards represent a rigorous application of college and career readiness skills. An intentional focus has been placed on the integration of literacy across all disciplines, and the core standards call on students to develop the skills necessary for wide, deep and thoughtful engagement in complex tasks with real-world implications.

“The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are not intended to be new names for old ways of doing business. They are a call to take the next step.”

Source: corestandards.org

For nearly two decades, November Learning has been at the leading edge of curriculum design that purposely draws on students’ abilities to think critically, communicate globally, express creativity and connect across multiple forms of media. These aptitudes represent the heart of the Common Core State Standards.

As the majority of states now work to redesign learning experiences that align with the Common Core State Standards, an opportunity emerges to thoughtfully create and implement learning models that synthesize core academic content and the complex learning skills, habits and behaviors fundamental to student success in school and the global workforce.

A key and critical strength of our team is the ability to identify and incorporate both the explicit and inherent skills that are requisite parts of each standard identified within the Common Core.

Explicit Skills:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Global Communication
  • Collaboration
  • Information Literacy
  • Information Management
  • Media/Technology Literacy

Inherent Skills:

  • Global Empathy
  • Questioning
  • Problem Solving
  • Creativity and Innovative Thinking
  • Self-direction

Through our Building Learning Communities® conference (BLC), professional development services and extended resources, the November Learning team can guide districts and schools in utilizing a strategic vision to develop strategies that support the Common Core and encourage the authentic integration of technology required for success, now and in the future.

“Maximizing the Common Core involves a change in creativity, critical thinking, and a fundamental shift in relationships. It is where the role of the teacher becomes more essential than ever, as students develop their capacity to question, discover, connect, collaborate and contribute on a global scale, and where they are empowered by an increase in direction and management of their own learning.”
Alan November

Our Core Focus Areas and Sample Connections to the Common Core

Click the sections below to expand and learn more about each.

Information Literacy and Critical Thinking

Strand: Reading: Informational Text
Sub Area: Integration of Knowledge and Ideas

College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards

  • Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse formats and media, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.
  • Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, including the validity of the reasoning as well as the relevance and sufficiency of the evidence.
  • Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take.

Strand: Reading: Informational Text
Sub Area: Craft and Structure

College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards

  • Assess how point of view or purpose shapes the content and style of a text.

Strand: Writing
Sub Area: Text Type & Purposes

College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards

  • Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
  • Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.

Strand: Reading: Speaking & Listening
Sub Area: Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas

College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards

  • Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
  • Make strategic use of digital media and visual displays of data to express information and enhance understanding of presentations.
  • Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and communicative tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.

Strand: Speaking & Listening
Sub Area: Comprehension and Collaboration

College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards

  • Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
  • Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.
  • Evaluate a speaker’s point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric.

Strand: Writing
Sub Area: Production and Distribution of Writing

College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards

  • Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others.
Media/Technology Literacy

Strand: Writing
Sub Area: Production and Distribution of Writing

College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards

  • Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others.

While the anchor standard listed above is the only one that directly mentions technology, we see this component as the bridge that connects everything together and integrates throughout. Through the use of technology, teachers and students gain the tools and materials needed to discover, interact with, manage and develop meaning from information. Additionally these resources give students the ability to work with global partners in thoughtful and engaging ways.

Learn how we can help your teachers and students through the implementation of the Common Core State Standards.


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