Textual evidence matters, even in elementary school!
When I talk with elementary school teachers about introducing the concept of supporting ideas with reasons and references to the text, I often get puzzled looks. This is understandable. Common Core, however, asks students to do this as young as third grade. This pedagogical shift away from just selecting a multiple choice response is daunting, but can be so rewarding for students. Teachers are thinking about how to answer the question: How do you know? Teachers need to probe students not to select the desired answer, but to add proof, support opinions, and interrogate text for how authors do the same. The Teaching Channel has a great 2 minute model that shows how to use sentence frames with elementary students.
This rubric from the DOE of New York City can be used by teachers and library staff to determine text complexity. With modification, it would also be useful for students to help them choose books in the library for research projects.
The Role of Fiction in the High School English Language Arts ClassroomHuffington Post (blog)Recently, there has been some confusion regarding the role of fiction and literature in the Common Core State Standards.
Mary Clark's insight:
Another refutation of that terrible article in The Telegraph!
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