Michael Fisher

Amherst, NY

Interests: 21st century learning,...

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Common Core for Music Teachers


Here is the latest in the curation of resources by particular content areas. This one is all about music and includes ideas for music teachers to aid in the alignment of their work to the literacy standards for Technical subjects.

Music IS a language. To read it, interpret it, perform it and be divergent in the creation of it are cornerstones of what the Common Core is asking in terms of literacy support. There are specific moments related to the Speaking and Listening standards, the Language Standards, and the Reading for Informational Text Standards.

Consider these anchor standards for reading:

4.  Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone. 

5.  Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text (e.g., a section, chapter, scene, or stanza) relate to each other and the whole.

7.  Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.

and these for Language:

3.  Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.  

4.  Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases by using context clues, analyzing meaningful word parts, and consulting general and specialized reference materials, as appropriate.

There are several natural places where music can specifically align to the new standards and support literacy. The anchor standards listed here can be drilled down even further by looking at the grade-specific standards to help teachers with planning and curriculum alignment.

The resources are being shared in a website called Scoop.it and are available here:


In the past few posts with resources, I've tried to engage different web tools as kind of a two-for-one PD opportunity. These web tools would be good ones to learn and to put into your personal toolboxes should the task arise that you need one!

Also let me give a quick shout out to those of you in Philadelphia this weekend at the ASCD conference! I wish I could be there with you but I will be participating in some of the sessions online! Have a great conference!

-Mike Fisher

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