The Common Core: Teaching K-5 Students to Meet the Reading Standards
Ward, Barbara A., New England Reading Association Journal
McLaughlin, Maureen, Sc Overturf, Brenda J. (2013). The Common Core: Teaching K-5 students to meet the Reading Standards. Newark, DE: International Reading Association. 206 pp. ISBN: 978-0-872220-815-4
In this teacher-friendly text, the authors provide muchneeded background about the evolution of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), letting readers know how we got here from there. The book is divided into two sections, one devoted to providing background about the CCSS and the other one dedicated to the ten Anchor Standards and how to teach them. There are sixteen chapters in all. After providing a chart containing the four Standards for K-5 English Language Arts and the focus of each standard, something lacking in many books about the CCSS, the authors walk teachers through them. They also suggest that teachers read the standards vertically within each grade level as well as horizontally across grade levels in order to understand the expectations that lead to a particular grade level. Unlike many other materials focusing on CCSS, this book devotes a chapter to assessment, discussing formative and summative assessment and how both connect to the CCSS. They even provide examples of simple types of formative assessment such as discussions or Tickets Out that teachers can use. Chapter 5 focuses on the relationship between the needs of English learners, students with disabilities, and gifted and talented learners.
After providing background about the CCSS, the authors turn to practical concerns, describing each College and Career Readiness Anchor Standard for Reading and its related CCSS for grades K-5. As they examine the Standards, they ask five questions: (1) How does the CCR Anchor Standard relate to college success? (2) In what ways do the CCSS for grades K-5 lead to a CCR Anchor Standard? (3) At each grade level, what literacy skills and strategies support this reading standard? …