Tim Shanahan on Literacy
There is a lot of common ground between guided reading and common core, including:
high quality text
the connections between reading and writing
the emphasis on high level questions and discussion
the idea that students learn from reading
Student-book placements...on that there is a substantial divide.
- Guided reading says go easy, and common core says challenge them.
- Easy, according to F&P, means placing kids in books that they can read with better than 90% accuracy and with high reading comprehension (and they make no distinction between beginners and more adept readers in this regard).
- For common core, making it challenging means placing students, second grade up, in books that would be frustration range according to F&P; books that students would read with markedly lower fluency and comprehension on a first read.