"The lesson? Don’t ‘hide’ skills in the text. Model it and explain it as a skill andthen teach students to apply it to text. This changes the accessibility and lets all students have access to the skill set regardless of their reading capabilities. Scaffold in the text and gradually increase the complexity then."
Mary Clark's insight:
This would work for middle school as well. Modeling is key!
Within these Common Core standards are six fundamental shifts that all educators (not just English teachers!) need to understand.
Balance Literacy and Informational Text Build Background Knowledge Provide a "Staircase of Complexity" Provide text-based evidence Argumentative Writing Use increasingly complex text Build Academic Vocabulary Conventions of Standard English
Via Mel Riddile