Posted by: Kathy Temean | October 16, 2013

Using National Standards to Get School Visits

Educational World has lots of good information about the Core School Standards Program, which could help you when developing your Book Discussion Guides. Putting out a professional looking discussion guide will help show a school what value you bring to the table for the students. 

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Below are the National Standards for Language Arts, but you can find history and science, etc., too. Even if you have a work-in-progress, you might get some ideas for your book from reading over the standards.

Standards for the English Language Arts come from the National Council of Teachers of English.

G R A D E S     K   –  12

NL-ENG.K-12.1 READING FOR PERSPECTIVE

Students read a wide range of print and nonprint texts to build an understanding of texts, of themselves, and of the cultures of the United States and the world; to acquire new information; to respond to the needs and demands of society and the workplace; and for personal fulfillment. Among these texts are fiction and nonfiction, classic and contemporary works.

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NL-ENG.K-12.2 UNDERSTANDING THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE

Students read a wide range of literature from many periods in many genres to build an understanding of the many dimensions (e.g., philosophical, ethical, aesthetic) of human experience.

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NL-ENG.K-12.3 EVALUATION STRATEGIES

Students apply a wide range of strategies to comprehend, interpret, evaluate, and appreciate texts. They draw on their prior experience, their interactions with other readers and writers, their knowledge of word meaning and of other texts, their word identification strategies, and their understanding of textual features (e.g., sound-letter correspondence, sentence structure, context, graphics).

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NL-ENG.K-12.4 COMMUNICATION SKILLS

Students adjust their use of spoken, written, and visual language (e.g., conventions, style, vocabulary) to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences and for different purposes.

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NL-ENG.K-12.5 COMMUNICATION STRATEGIES

Students employ a wide range of strategies as they write and use different writing process elements appropriately to communicate with different audiences for a variety of purposes.

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NL-ENG.K-12.6 APPLYING KNOWLEDGE

Students apply knowledge of language structure, language conventions (e.g., spelling and punctuation), media techniques, figurative language, and genre to create, critique, and discuss print and nonprint texts.

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NL-ENG.K-12.7 EVALUATING DATA

Students conduct research on issues and interests by generating ideas and questions, and by posing problems. They gather, evaluate, and synthesize data from a variety of sources (e.g., print and nonprint texts, artifacts, people) to communicate their discoveries in ways that suit their purpose and audience.

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NL-ENG.K-12.8 DEVELOPING RESEARCH SKILLS

Students use a variety of technological and information resources (e.g., libraries, databases, computer networks, video) to gather and synthesize information and to create and communicate knowledge.

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NL-ENG.K-12.9 MULTICULTURAL UNDERSTANDING

Students develop an understanding of and respect for diversity in language use, patterns, and dialects across cultures, ethnic groups, geographic regions, and social roles.

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NL-ENG.K-12.10 APPLYING NON-ENGLISH PERSPECTIVES

Students whose first language is not English make use of their first language to develop competency in the English language arts and to develop understanding of content across the curriculum.

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NL-ENG.K-12.11 PARTICIPATING IN SOCIETY

Students participate as knowledgeable, reflective, creative, and critical members of a variety of literacy communities.

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NL-ENG.K-12.12 APPLYING LANGUAGE SKILLS

Students use spoken, written, and visual language to accomplish their own purposes (e.g., for learning, enjoyment, persuasion, and the exchange of information).

http://www.educationworld.com/standards/

Talk tomorrow,

Kathy


Responses

  1. This is all very helpful, Kathy. Do you think it’s a good idea to point out common core tie-ins when pitching a novel to an agent or editor?

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    • Mary,

      I think if you have a good hook with how it ties into the common core standards then I would point it out when talk to and editor or agent. I would definitely point it out in a query letter.

      Kathy

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  2. Kathy, this is fantastic information! AND—a fantastic pic of YOU in your new avatar! 😀 Love it! You’re lookin’ great!

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    • Donna,

      I changed it, because Louise Fury said I should change what I had up. She didn’t even realize that it was a piece of my artwork. Then Leeza asked for a picture and I thought I would try to take one with my phone, which was hard trying to push the button and not crunch up my face. Still trying to lose my weight, but it is slow.

      Will you be at Craft Day in November?

      Kathy

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      • I think you look fantastic in this picture! Your weight loss is showing! 😀 😀 😀 SO happy for you!

        And, yes, I have every intention of being at Craft Day and will be staying for dinner, too 🙂 Can’t wait!

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