The common standards have opened a new world to English/language arts students, writes teacher Lyn Cannaday.
Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's insight:
While I am not a "rah-rah" subscriber of Common Core Standards, I like the way this teacher has used the tenets of CCSS to improve understanding. I have always been a proponent of using non-fiction to help students understand setting, place, and sometimes character. Great article to share with language arts teachers.
View on AmazonIf it doesn’t spread, it’s dead This is the unifying idea of Henry Jenkins, Sam Ford, and Joshua Green’s new book, Spreadable Media: Creating Value and Meaning in a Networked Culture (New York University Press, 2013) Those six words...
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