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:

  • Exploring interdisiplinary approaches to teaching the literacy standards
  • Teaching poetry in the common-core era
  • Meeting the increased requirements for vocabulary
  • Building students' digital literacy and storytelling techniques
  • Incorporating map-reading into the common core

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Educators around the country are exploring innovative ways to teach the new common-core literacy standards, and some are calling attention to an approach they say is working well: cross-subject thematic units.
March 13, 2013 - Teacher

Many teachers are finding ways to continue teaching poetry despite the common core's emphasis on nonfiction reading.
March 13, 2013 - Teacher

Without better instruction, children starting school with small vocabularies will struggle with common standards, scholars say.
February 5, 2013 - Education Week

Joel Malley, a high school English teacher who specializes in digital-writing methods, reflects on the course of his work under the common standards.
March 13, 2013 - Teacher

A high school English teacher aims to counter his coworker's fears that the common-core literacy standards' focus on nonfiction will hinder students' creativity.
April 3, 2013 - Teacher

The common-core standards present an ambiguous message on how to draw information from maps and charts, Phil Gersmehl says.
July 22, 2013 - Education Week


A set of new guides to the Common Core State Standards offers a solution, of sorts, to a brewing controversy about the balance of fiction and nonfiction in U.S. classrooms. "Informational text" doesn't have to displace fiction, the guides say, if the overall amount of reading students do increases "dramatically."
January 10, 2013 - Curriculum Matters Blog

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