Thursday, November 7, 2013

Dr. Marc Aronson and strategies for teaching Common Core ELA standards

Librarians in the Marlton, Medford, and Mt. Laurel school districts were privileged to attend an inservice on Tuesday, November 5 with Rutgers University professor Dr. Marc Aronson (view his School Library Journal blog "Consider the Source" here).

Dr. Aronson is an author of several highly regarded children's nonfiction texts and discussed the fact that there is a shift in the focus of Language Arts instruction.  The Common Core standards are no longer about what "I feel" about a text (which is an overarching theme in the Readers/Writers' Workshop model).  Now, students must ANALYZE THE PROBLEM and present the options.   Shift from "I feel…." to "It says…."

Common Core ELA Standards: 3 shifts
1. Building knowledge through content-rich nonfiction

2. Reading, writing, and speaking grounded in evidence from text, both literary and informational

3. Regular practice with complex text and its academic language

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