By Tim Shanahan
You say close reading requires students to rely solely on the text during reading. But many of the Common Core Standards (and the PARCC and Smarter Balanced prototypes) require that students compare texts. This seems contradictory. What’s up?
This is a bit confusing. The basic idea of close reading is, just as you say, […]Read More....
By Timothy Shanahan
Dear Dr. Shanahan,
My colleagues have been debating the use of thematic units in the Common Core. Several of them argue that this practice does not fit a “standards based curriculum.” They argue that essential questions and enduring understandings need to be specific to the ELA standards. So, for example, a unit with an essential question for […]Read More....