Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it .

The following tools and resources are available through our Common Core Corps program.  We will continue posting the materials from this program as it evolves between March 2014 and May 2015, so please check back often for the latest materials.

NWEA Literacy Standards

Guiding NonFiction Reading
A step-by-step process for reading nonfiction text with students

Picture Meaning of Reading Excerpt
To help students make sense of what they've read, you can ask them to draw a picture that shows what is says .

Picture Meaning of Reading Excerpt - Spanish
Para ayudar a que sus estudiantes comprendan lo que han leído, haga un dibujo que se conecte con el contenido de la lectura.

Online Reading Resources for Students
This list of free online reading resources is labeled by grade-level and includes sites appropriate for students in Pre-K - 8th grade .

My Progress, Chicago Progress
This guide is full of activities that students can engage in to think about Chicago's history and future as well as their own progress and future goals.  Activities include analyzing speeches from famous Chicagoans, thinking about a Chicago career you'd like to have, and using art to show your and Chicago's future.

Meet the PARCC Challenge - Reading Activities that Support Success on the PARCC Assessment
This tool provides guidance on how to help students in Illinois prepare for the Literacy section of the PARCC (the new state assessment) . It includes activities to help students read fiction and nonfiction stories thoroughly and thougtfully, draw what they read, understand the sequence of events, think about themes, and compare and contrast stories.

PARCC Progress Paths
This set of resources will help you understand the types of questions included on and format of the new standard assessment, the PARCC, so you can help your students meet the Common Core/PARCC Challenge.

More Common Core resources can be found here .
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