Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Post for the Week of July 23, 2012

Post for the Week of July 23, 2012

I've been thinking about the 70/30 split at the high school level lately. 

The Common Core says we need to have students reading 70% informational texts and 30% literary texts in high school:

http://www.corestandards.org/assets/CCSSI_ELA%20Standards.pdf

People need to remember that the 70% can be spread across a student's WHOLE SCHOOL DAY, not just in English class!  It's a common misconception that the English teacher now has to teach 70% informational text!

What if a student's day looked like this?

Period 1--Social Studies (15% of the total informational text)
Period 2--Art (10% of the total informational text)
Period 3--ELA (30% of the literary and 10% of the total informational text)
Period 4--study hall (phew!)
Period 5--Math (10% of the total informational text)
Period 6--Physical Education (10% of the total informational text)
Period 7--Science (15% of the total informational text)

Is it possible for us to negotiate with the content areas to make the literacy instruction fair and balanced? 

Tell me how your school district is planning to divvy up reading at aldick@doe.mass.edu!

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