March 13, 2016 – Parody

So, we had this professional development about the Common Core State Standards for Reading, and I am admittedly, a CCSS geek.  I know, I know many of you might not like them, or even care about them, but I basically, give me any framework for learning and I will geek out on it in order to find all its ins and outs.  We were taught some memory pegs to help us remember the gist of each of the ten (shout out to Dana Murphy!).  So I couldn’t stop there.  There was a song playing in my head and I just had to create a parody of the memory pegs to the tune of “Back to One” by Brian McKnight.  So in all its grandeur (or lack thereof) here it is:

Back to One: A Guide to the CCSS Anchor Reading Standards:

It’s undeniable;Common Core is here to stay
It’s unbelievable;How I used to say
They wouldn’t stick ever
Now you need to know
All the standards and what they say
Then let me show you now
I’ve got this way
These visual pegs
To help your mem-o-ray


You’ve got to read closely
Main Idea and Summary
….Text interaction
Events ideas, it’s their relation
And four
words and phrases what they mean
structure’s what its gotta be

If ever I believe my work is done
Then I’ll start back with one
It’s so incredible
The way that the standards work themselves out
Lit and informational

Once you know what it’s all about, hey
And undesirable
For students to take PARCC
But I know that we can make it very far
‘Cause you know you’ve learned those mem’ry pegs by heart


Point of view, yeah, P.O.V.


Formats come so differently


…Author makes a claim

Find the reasons that’s your aim


Compare contrast same differently


Complex text increasingly

If ever I believe my work is done
Then I’ll start back with one



6 thoughts on “March 13, 2016 – Parody

  1. Wow…I pulled Brian McKnight up on YouTube and sang along. I’d like to see this performed. Couldn’t you pick something a little more upbeat, though? I like how you show the interaction and the memory pegs, though. You are absolutely right: give me a framework, and I will geek out, learn them, and find a way to make them work. Once we find a way to weave the different threads into the tapestry and make the connections and see the interaction, I think we can create a work of beauty. The challenge is in the fine art of the weaving. Thanks for sharing.


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