Language Arts

Articles from Vol. 91, No. 4, March

Addressing CCSS Anchor Standard 10: Text Complexity
In 2002, the RAND Reading Study Group released a monograph entitled Reading for Understanding. The authors called for a research agenda to examine how teacher preparation, professional development, and policy could each be strengthened to improve reading...
Advocacy at the Core: Inquiry and Empowerment in the Time of Common Core State Standards
Teacher professionalism is at a threshold. Moral purpose and change agentry are implicit in what good teaching and effective change are about, but as yet they are society's (and teaching's) great untapped resources for radical and continuous improvement.-Michael...
CCSS: Are We Supposed to Write Folktales in First Grade?
Recently, a group of first graders was asked to compose and illustrate their own folk and tall tales as part of a unit of study focused on National Heritage. The three teachers had been instructed to integrate writing as much as they could in various...
How Do I Fear Thee, Common Core?
How do I fear thee, Common Core?Let me count the ways.I fear thee to the depth of untested standardsand the breadth of questionable sources,as corporations set the educational agenda and reap profits from materials,programs, and tests.I fear thee for...
Leveraging Students' Future Professional Identities for Literacy Learning
As educators, we encourage students to use literacy for personal purposes. But have we overlooked stu- dents' aspirations to use literacy for professional purposes? Anchored by college and career readi- ness, the Common Core State Standards aim to provide...
Literacy Reform and Common Core State Standards: Recycling the Autonomous Model
In 1861, the US Naval Observatory put out one of the first calls for applied research from a US government agency. Their problem was concrete and the need clear: they needed to build a compass that would still work even aboard new ships made of iron....
Making Critical Sense and Critical Use of the Common Core State Standards
It has become a common presumption that the right policies can address core challenges of teaching and learning (Cochran-Smith, 2004). Like prior attempts to govern practice through policy, the Common Core State Standards emphasize the practical "management...
Supporting Students in a Time of Core Standards: English Language Arts, Grades 3-5
Supporting Students in a Time of Core Standards: English Language Arts, Grades 3-5 by Jeff Williams, Elizabeth C. Homan, and Sarah Swofford, NCTE, 2011, 115 pp., ISBN 978-0-8141-4941-6Williams, Homan and Swofford provide teachers with a text that "operates...
Supporting Students in a Time of Core Standards: English Language Arts Grades 6-8
Supporting Students in a Time of Core Standards: English Language Arts Grades 6-8 by Tonya Perry and Rebecca Manery, NCTE, 2012, 117 pp., ISBN 978-0-8141-4942-3Perry and Manery begin by providing the reader a description of what the Common Core State...
Supporting Students in a Time of Core Standards: English Language Arts, Grades 9-12
Supporting Students in a Time of Core Standards: English Language Arts, Grades 9-12 by Sarah Brown Wessling, Danielle Lillge, and Crystal VanKooten, NCTE, 2011, 135 pp., ISBN 978-0-8141-4944-7In the first section of this book, the authors discuss the...
Supporting Students in a Time of Core Standards: English Language Arts, Grades preK-2
Supporting Students in a Time of Core Standards: English Language Arts, Grades preK-2 by Susi Long, with William Hutchinson and Justine Neiderhiser, NCTE, 2011, 136 pp., ISBN 978-0-8141-4940-9Unlike the authors of some books about the Common Core State...
Texts and Lessons for Teaching Literature with 65 Fresh Mentor Texts
Texts and Lessons for Teaching Literature with 65 Fresh Mentor Texts by Harvey Daniels and Nancy Steineke, Heinemann, 2013, 312 pp., ISBN 978-0- 325- 04435- 4In preparation for a new school year, teachers spend time collaborating, planning, and researching...
The CCSS, Finland, and Teacher Professional Judgment
As I write, Finnish students have once again done well in international comparisons on PIRLS and TIMMS. Indeed, even before the latest results, a new state superintendent of schools told the Wash- ington Post that although education in Maryland is "really,...
The Common Core Standards as Applied to the Common Core Standards
I have been called subversive, but I deny it. When I am invited to provide professional development related to implementing the Common Core State Standards, I welcome the opportunity. I often encounter teachers who resent both the Standards and the more...
The Framing of the Common Core State Standards
This issue, Common Core, Rotten Core?, offers readers historical tracings, perspectives, arguments, and strategies for implementation of the Common Core State Standards. To close out the issue, this month's "Conversation Currents" addresses the framing...
The Origins of the Common Core: Untold Stories
Where did the Common Core State Standards (National Governors Association Center for Best Practices & Council of Chief State School Officers, 2010) come from? According to the conventional narrative, they are the culmination of more than 20 years...
Three Priorities for Professional Development in Literacy
Those of us who provide professional development for teachers know the challenges and benefits involved in implementing Common Core State Standards (CCSS): all teachers are now literacy teachers; all teachers are held accountable for well-paced, high-quality...
With All Due Respect
The Language Arts editors' call directs attention to the content and consequences of Common Core State Standards (CCSS)-working/ not, help/hurt, transformational/flawed-without due consideration of their history, politics, and economics. To quote Linda...
With Rigor for All: Meeting Common Core Standards for Reading Literature (2Nd Ed.)
With Rigor for All: Meeting Common Core Standards for Reading Literature (2nd ed.) by Carol Jago, Heinemann, 2011, 168 pp., ISBN 978-0- 325- 04210- 7This topic was a difficult one for us to read and write about. On the one hand, we do not support any...
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