Teaching Values and Character Education Using Core Knowledge

How did George Washington’s leadership at Valley Forge, and his later insistence that he serve only two terms as president, reflect his virtuous character? What did Ida B. Wells’s fight against Jim Crow laws and lynching say about an individual’s moral duty in America? Why did Padre Miguel Hidalgo y Castillo decide to break the…

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Summer Reading for Teachers!

It’s official—summer is finally here! This is a great time for Core Knowledge teachers to discover some new books . . . beginning with some classics that may be new to you. You might start by looking at the book titles listed in the Language Arts section of each grade level of the Core Knowledge…

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Montessori Meets Core Knowledge in Memphis

Combining Montessori and Core Knowledge might strike some educators as paradoxical—but as the Libertas School in Memphis demonstrates, the combination can open worlds of wonder and knowledge.

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It’s National Children’s Book Week

Through May 6th, it’s National Children’s Book Week, a great time to revisit favorite classics and an opportunity to explore the wide range of voices and perspectives in works by contemporary authors. We’d like to introduce you to the works of Jacqueline Woodson.

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CKLA Now on Nearpod

The Knowledge Strand of Core Knowledge Language Arts® (CKLA) is now available on Nearpod, a digital lesson delivery platform that provides interactive experiences for both students and teachers. Find out more in this post from Amplify, the Core Knowledge Foundation’s publishing partner for CKLA.

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Developing Strong Readers by First Building Knowledge

Walk through the halls of Byrd Avenue Primary School and you’ll be surprised by the conversations kindergartners are having. You might overhear them chatting about ancient civilization, or exactly how the sandwiches they ate at lunch are digested by their bodies.

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The Baseball Experiment

In 1987, two young researchers from Marquette University ran an experiment. Their results showed that even as many Language Arts programs emphasize “reading strategies,” knowledge counts much more than you might think when it comes to understanding text.

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When Kids Collide with Content

“I’m not opposed to teaching about families, but teaching content goes much deeper.” What we need, says Susan Lambert, specialist in Early Literacy, is content “that involves rich vocabulary and engrossing associated concepts—content that … leads to engaging and invigorating conversations.”

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