With the district-wide adoption of the Common Core Standards, Longfellow Middle School continues our tradition of academic achievement to equip our students with the reading, writing, and critical thinking skills that are vital to success in their future academic and professional endeavors.
The school district has prepared helpful resources to help our families understand the nationally adopted Common Core State Standards (CCSS) at www.berkeleyschools.net/common-core. The school district also published a September 2013 BUSD flyer for our families that summarizes the Common Core Standards for English Language Arts and Math: Flyer for BUSD Families on Common Core.
The following information is an excerpt from that flyer:
Key Features: English Language Arts
The Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts include standards for use in English Language Arts courses, as well as literacy standards in History-Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects.
Reading: Text complexity and growth of comprehension
The reading standards place equal emphasis on the sophistication of what students read and the skill with which they read it.
Writing: Text types, responding to reading, and research
The writing standards acknowledge the fact that while some writing steps (e.g. plan, revise, edit, publish) apply to many types of writing, other skills relate to specific types of writing: arguments, informative/explanatory texts, and narratives.
Speaking and listening: Flexible communication and collaboration
The speaking and listening standards require students to develop a range of broadly useful oral communication and interpersonal skills, in addition to skills needed for formal presentations.
Language: Conventions (grammar), effective use, and vocabulary
The language standards include the essential “rules” of standard written and spoken English, and also look at language as a matter of craft and making stylistic choices.
Key Features: Mathematics
The Common Core State Standards for Mathematics include two types of standards: one for mathematical practice (how students apply and
extend math principles) and one for mathematical content (what students know about math).
Standards for Mathematical Practice (K-12)
1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
2. Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
3. Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
4. Model with mathematics.
5. Use appropriate tools strategically.
6. Attend to precision.
7. Look for and make use of structure.
8. Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.
For more information about the content standards for the California Common Core, refer to the following documents from California's Department of Education: