Monday, June 24, 2013

Post for the week of June 24, 2013

Post for the week of June 24, 2013

Today we tackle the last of What's In/What's Out in the Common Core for ELA: Reading Foundations (Central and Integrated) vs. Reading Foundations (peripheral and detached).

When I reflect on the changes between the 2001 and 2011 standards, I like to look at their structures:
Basic Structure of the 2001 ELA Frameworks
Language Strand
            1. Discussion
            2. Questioning, Listening, and Contributing
            3. Oral Presentation
            4. Vocabulary and Concept Development
            5. Structure and Origins of Modern English
            6. Formal and Informal English
Reading and Literature Strand
            7. Beginning Reading
            8. Understanding a Text
            9. Making Connections
            10. Genre
            11. Theme
            12. Fiction
            13. Nonfiction
            14. Poetry
            15. Style and Language
            16. Myth, Traditional Narrative, and Classical Literature
            17. Dramatic Literature
            18. Dramatic Reading and Performance
Composition Strand
            19. Writing
            20. Consideration of Audience and Purpose
            21. Revising
            22. Standard English Conventions
            23. Organizing Ideas in Writing
            24. Research
            25. Evaluating Writing and Presentations
Media Strand
            26. Analysis of Media
            27. Media Production

Basic Structure of the 2011 ELA Frameworks
Reading Standards for Literature
            Key Ideas and Details
            Craft and Structure
            Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
            Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity
Reading Standards for Informational Text
            Key Ideas and Details
            Craft and Structure
            Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
            Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity
Reading Standards for Foundational Skills (ends after grade 5)
            Print Concepts
            Phonological Awareness
            Phonics and Word Recognition
            Fluency
Writing Standards
            Text Types and Purposes
            Production and Distribution of Writing
            Research to Build and Present Knowledge
            Range of Writing (begins in grade 3)
Speaking and Listening Standards
            Comprehension and Collaboration
            Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas
Language Standards
            Conventions of Standard English
            Knowledge of Language
            Vocabulary Acquisition and Use

When I compare them, one thing I notice is the amount of emphasis on beginning reading skills.  In the old standards, it was 1 of 27 elements.  Now, it's 1/6 of the entire document.  Clearly, building students' reading foundations (emphasizing basic reading skills and strategies) is a priority for all students.

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