Spotlight on Literacy and the Common Core

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Literacy and the Common Core

The Education Week Spotlight on Literacy and the Common Core is a collection of articles hand-picked by our editors for their insights on:

  • Examining how instructional materials reflect the new literacy standards
  • Using film study to build critical analysis skills
  • Reading historical texts within the common core
  • Teaching students how to "skim" for reading analysis

You get the six articles below in a downloadable PDF.

A veteran teacher finds it tough going to lead her students toward mastery of the common standards in English/language arts.
June 5, 2013 – Education Week

Which instructional materials fully reflect the new math and literacy standards? Some recently developed tools and processes seek to provide an answer.
February 5, 2014 – Education Week

Showing film adaptations of texts can be more than just a reward for finishing the reading, says a language arts teacher. It can be a powerful tool for teaching critical analysis.
November 20, 2013 – Teacher

Teachers should draw on historical texts to give life to the literacy objectives of the common-core standards, Stanford University's Sam Wineburg writes.
December 11, 2013 – Education Week

A new survey shows that most teachers are still gearing class reading assignments to students' skill level, rather than--as the common-core standards envision--to their grade level.
October 23, 2013 - Curriculum Matters

Skimming may seem counter to close reading and using textual evidence to support analysis, two major skill requirements of the Common Core State Standards in English/language arts.
January 28, 2014 - Curriculum Matters

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