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Common Core and 'Close Reading': Effectiveness Questionable without Outside Knowledge | RealClearEducation

Common Core and 'Close Reading': Effectiveness Questionable without Outside Knowledge | RealClearEducation | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
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“Close reading” has become strongly associated with the Common Core State Standards, as it’s touted as the reading technique that will allow students to get out of...
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A Serious Flaw in Common Core

A Serious Flaw in Common Core | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
Despite claims by advocates for Common Core, there is no universal timeless interpretation of a text. Meaning then and now is something that we debate, not uncover, while supporting our views with evidence from both the text and from the world.
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Yes!  Exactly.  This is a problem in the messaging and implimentation of common core, as well as a misunderstanding of literacy in social studies (at least a misunderstanding in the delivery of CCSS)

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Close reading: A revolution delayed | The Thomas B. Fordham Institute

Close reading: A revolution delayed | The Thomas B. Fordham Institute | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
For all of the talk about how different reading instruction is meant to be in the Common Core era, and for all of the hand wringing over the critical “instructional shifts” embedded in the new literacy standards, a glimpse at the world of classroom implementation reveals that the more things change, the more they stay the same.
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Excellent read on literacy instruction.

 

"Said differently: Because your ability to make inferences or find the main idea leans heavily on your knowledge of the subject, standards-driven reading instruction can create a comforting illusion of proficiency on texts that teachers and students choose themselves that evaporates when reading about unfamiliar subjects."

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