We are pleased to present a new set of resources designed to support implementation of the 2017 ELA/Literacy Curriculum Framework: a set of four Quick Reference Guides (QRGs) now available on our Curriculum Frameworks home page. (Additional QRGs focused on math and on other aspects of the ELA/literacy standards are forthcoming.) At just two pages each, the QRGs are designed to be widely accessible and easy to distribute, and we hope they will serve as useful entry points and conversation starters for educators and families alike. The QRGs now available are:
· Massachusetts Anchor Standards for Reading – an illustration of how the ten Reading standards work together to define what and how students should read in school at every grade level. Possible uses:
o Teachers meet in vertical or horizontal teams to explore how each grade level’s standards contribute to the QRG’s “big picture.”
o Educators use the QRG to discuss with families various ways in which they might approach reading with their children at home.
· Reading Closely to Analyze Complex Texts – two QRGs, one tailored to the elementary grades and another for the secondary grades, describing the role of close reading in the standards and in the classroom. Possible uses:
o Teams of teachers discuss how the QRGs’ sample instructional scenarios reflect or inform their everyday classroom practice.
o Educators and families work together to brainstorm a list of text-dependent questions to use when reading with students.
· Text Complexity and the Growth of Reading Comprehension – a collection of suggestions and links to resources designed to inform the choice of appropriately complex texts for young readers. Possible uses:
o Teachers work in grade-level teams to assess the complexity of their classroom texts using the qualitative criteria listed in the QRG.
o Educators work with families to choose texts appropriate for their children’s interests, motivations, and background knowledge.