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December 2012/January 2013 | Volume 70 | Number 4
Common Core: Now What?
Elfrieda H. Hiebert and P. David Pearson
Teachers and students will experience how powerful literacy can be when texts are not only used to teach basic skills, but also viewed as a source of knowledge.
Schools in the United States are making curricular changes from kindergarten through college to meet the Common Core State Standards' demands for higher expectations in reading and writing. But as we make these important changes, we need not overturn all that we learned about effective reading pedagogy during No Child Left Behind (NCLB). It's better to think of the Common Core movement not as a reversal of NCLB, but as the next step on a journey toward close, critical reading and powerful writing.
Part of No Child Left Behind's legacy is the understanding that certain skills (such as knowing letter names and sounds and decoding unknown words) are foundational to more advanced skills (such as reading critically and writing compellingly). Students need to learn the underlying, consistent patterns of written words. In plain talk, they need to crack the code. We must remember such basic skills as we move into the Common Core era, in which deeper learning and more advanced literacy assume a prominent role.
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