Teachers Embedding Standards in Basal-Reader Questions
Dozens of teachers and literacy specialists from across the country hunkered down at round tables, with laptops, pens, and paper, intent on rewriting the collections that wield tremendous influence over the way millions of U.S. children learn literacy skills: the big-name basal readers.
Trekking to a workshop this week from as far away as San Diego and Anchorage, the educators lugged the teacher’s editions of nine of the most popular basals in the nation. Those heavy volumes were scattered across the tables of a hotel meeting room as the teachers worked: titles such as Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Trophies , Pearson’s Reading Street , and Macmillan/McGraw Hill’s Treasures .
Hailing from 18 school districts in 11 states, the group of about 70 came together in response to the Common Core State Standards in English/language arts, which demand that students hone their skills at understanding and analyzing a variety of texts. To do that, teachers must help them delve more deeply...
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