Education Week has published a thoughtful clarification of four ELA myths related to the Common Core State Standards:
- “Text complexity is a fixed number” (it’s not — qualitative analyses can override quantitative measures).
- “All pre-reading activity is inappropriate” (it’s not — it’s just important to articulate the difference between pre-summarizing for kids and helping them to discover the big ideas for themselves). I wrote a bit about this here.
- “Answering text-dependent questions is what teaches students to be analytic readers” (it’s not, and anybody who has ever administered a check-for-comprehension reading incentives program knows it!).
- “The Common Core abandons fiction” (it doesn’t — it just brings info text into higher profile).
My summary is a paltry substitute for the complete article, so I highly recommend that you hop over and experience the article for yourself.
Hat Tip: NWP Connect