Common Core Resources
@ the HMS Library
Please use this page as a guide to finding resources to support the Common Core at or through the HMS Library. Some of these resources (such as the Gale databases) are only available to you through the HMS library and our membership in the MA statewide library consortium. Don't forget, I am here to partner with you to help our students reach their learning goals!
Basic CCSS Info
The Common Core requires that our students reach with their reading. By providing them with materials that cause them to stretch just that little bit, they will increase their reading ability with every reading.
There are various methods used to measure text complexity, but one of the more accepted methods is the Lexile (http://www.lexile.com/). The Lexile is a measure of a book's difficulty level, as well as an estimate of a students reading ability. By matching the Lexile of a book and the reader's ability, it is expected that the student will understand 75% of the text included within. However, it does not take into consideration prior knowledge, age appropriateness, and student interest in the topic.
According to the lexile.com website:
"A Lexile text measure is based on the semantic and syntactic elements of
a text. Many other factors affect the relationship between a reader and
a book, including its content, the age and interests of the reader, and
the design of the actual book. The Lexile text measure is a good
starting point in the book-selection process, with these other factors
then being considered."
"The idea behind The Lexile Framework for Reading is simple: if we know
how well a student can read and how hard a specific book is to
comprehend, we can predict how well that student will likely understand
Online Non-Fiction "Informational Text" Resources
All Gale databases are funded through the MA Board of Library Commissioners and contain articles that are Lexile-rated (up to 1300). Use the Advanced Search function to locate articles that would be at an appropriate reading level for your students (or have them search for themselves!) The articles can also be searched by a general Basic/Intermediate/Advanced reading level score.
This searching is demonstrated in this video: Gale Database Lexile Tools
The Encyclopedia Britannica does not level articles by Lexile, but it provides three reading levels for each article. Students who are having difficulty accessing an article at the standard Level (2), may change the article to Level 1 with one click of the mouse. Conversely, they may also change to Level 3 to challenge themselves.
This leveling is demonstrated in this video: Encyclopedia Britannica tools
Scholastic Go! Database
Access Social Studies and Science articles that are searchable by Lexile & grade ranges!
Searching for Books in the SAILS Library Network
||Students and staff can locate materials by using the SAILS library
Network's Enterprise online card catalog. Using your Hurley Middle
School Library account, materials can be placed on hold and sent to HMS
Depending on the title, multiple copies of a single title can be ordered from SAILS for use in the classroom. See Mrs. St. Michel to discuss this service.
There are many curriculum resources available online for the Common Core. Check your curriculm association for quality resources targeted to your subject area. Here are two that relate to the databases that we have available through the library:
Gale provides a number of lesson plans on it's Gale Schools website. These lessons all use Gale products.
In the Educators Tab, teachers can search for articles within Encyclopedia Britannica by CCSS strand. This search feature links directly to an article that can be used with your students to address that concept. Also, lesson plans relating to that concept are linked to from the EB website.
Encyclopedia Britannica also lists "Web's Best Sites" related to the topic you are researching. These are "Selected by Britannica editors for quality and age-appropriateness".
Link to Encyclopedia Britannica tutorial
Master Teachers from across the country have contributed common-core based lessons on a variety of subjects! In partnership with the NEA.
Joint Action Brief: Implementing the Common Core State Standards: The Role of the School Librarian (Metlife, AASL, and Achieve)
Core Workshop for MSLA - http://www.fontichiaro.com/activelearning/2012/09/21/common-core-workshop-in-massachusetts/