Great read. I find the CCSS lacking in so many areas, especially the text-to-self and text-to-world connections that are so important. So I make sure to continue to include those questions even though they aren't "Core" questions. I'm not going to stop teaching mostly literature, either. When students take a literature course in college, they aren't going to be reading informational texts! And if students don't have that initial connection to a text, they're going to Spark-Note it instead.
Divergent Literature Novel Unit - Common Core State Standards Aligned Comprehensive literature novel unit for Veronica Roth's "Divergent." Contains the
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Divergent Novel Unit completely aligned with the Common Core State Standards. Questions covering every chapter; reading assessments; language/vocabulary-in-context exercises, with figurative language practice, word connotations, author's word choice, etc.; and Common Core reading graphic organizers that focus on characterization, themes, text connections, and plot development. Includes differentiated and extensive exercises for parallel plot development.
I wish the writers of the Common Core valued reading for pleasure more and could see the lasting impact it has on students. I always looked forward to our school-wide 15 minutes of reading for pleasure time each day when I was in middle and high school. Now i can barely carve out 15 minutes a week for my students. :(
In the United States, there has been increased momentum to include media literacy skills within state curriculum frameworks. Secondary English language arts textbooks now generally include the formal study of advertising, news, and some film and television genres. More than 40 states including Massachusetts, North Carolina, and New Mexico have identified media literacy skills within language arts, social studies, fine and performing arts, library information skills, or health education curricula. The State of Pennsylvania includes media literacy standards in Reading, Writing, Speaking & Listening, Health, Safety and Physical Education, and the Arts and Humanities.
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