ERIC Number: EJ1043772
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
You Want Me to Read What?!
Educational Leadership, v71 n3 p10-15 Nov 2013
Does the Common Core State Standards' focus on informational text mean that teachers must teach fiberglass installation manuals and the minutes of National Reserve Board meetings? No, responds literacy expert Timothy Shanahan. "I've pored over the lists of exemplary texts suggested by the standards, and I've not been able to find either of those entries. You might want to take a look yourself." In a sometimes tongue-in-cheek but always informative look at the questions surrounding the new emphasis on informational text, Shanahan addresses, among other things, the somewhat fuzzy definition of the term, why the standards are making such a big deal of this kind of reading, whether such texts are developmentally appropriate for younger students, and what this means for both English teachers and other content-areas teachers.
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Reading Instruction, Content Area Reading, Language Arts, Nonfiction, Reading Skills, Elementary Education, Secondary Education, Reading Achievement, National Standards, English Instruction, English Teachers
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Secondary Education
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