Solaro Common Core English Study Guides

"Teaching to the Test" are typically words we do not like to hear and a concept we prefer to avoid. But . . . . . If you live in a state that has adopted the CCSS and if you, as a homeschooler, have to (or want to) take standardized tests, then "Teaching to the Test" may have to become part of your life. These guides will help to make that relatively painless - and will allow you to continue with your loved-but-maybe-not-CCSS-aligned language arts curriculum. These guides are used to review and understand course content. They provide instruction that explains key concepts as well as questions/exercises that come with answers and detailed explanations. Various tips for study success - i.e. mind mapping, memorization techniques, learning styles - are also part of the overall help provided. Each guide starts with a Table of Correlations (yes, you guessed it - the CCSS correlations). These show the specific content strand that is the focus for the grade level concepts in that book and serve as a standards checklist. Instruction for the covered concepts is laid out clearly with lots of examples. There are two sets of exercises for each major concept strand. These tend to be multiple choice, often based on a reading selection. Answers are provided two ways - as an answer key and then with explanations for each correct answer. Writing exercises include scoring rubrics and sample student responses at three levels - satisfactory, proficient, and excellent. Each example includes a lengthy rationale for the score looking at content, organization, sentence structure, vocabulary, and conventions. Visually, these books are "clean-cut" and that is about all you can say for them - no color, minimal illustrations - just solid content. Note: there is a Solaro Premium online version but these items are printed, softcover books and do not include any online content. ~ Janice




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