Great article that gives practical suggestions about how content area teachers in Science and Social Studies can become more focused on reading and how ELA teachers can complement fictional texts with non-fiction articles.
"Please, let's not rob students of a well-rounded education just because the Common Core seems to have added some new focal points to literacy instruction, making it seem like there's "more to cover." Collaborate across disciplines instead!"
And direct from the CCSS Initiative website:
"Myth: English teachers will be asked to teach science and social studies reading materials.
Fact: With the Common Core ELA Standards, English teachers will still teach their students literature as well as literary non-fiction. However, because college and career readiness overwhelmingly focuses on complex texts outside of literature, these standards also ensure students are being prepared to read, write, and research across the curriculum, including in history and science. These goals can be achieved by ensuring that teachers in other disciplines are also focusing on reading and writing to build knowledge within their subject areas."
"The #commoncore state standards emphasize goals –not activities." - Tim Shanahan on Common Core State Standards for School Leaders curated by Mel Riddile ("The #commoncore state standards emphasize goals –not activities." - Tim Shanahan
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