Archive for September 4, 2013

Close Reading Strategies and the CCSS

Anyone else feeling the stress of the Common Core State Standards?  I find the barbed “c” and “s” sound appropriate for the moniker CCSS: devious and calculating.  In reality though, the CCSS isn’t out to get teachers.  Instead, I think it is to refocus how we approach literature with our students and encourage us to stop relying on content-based assessments and really evaluate close reading, not whether or not a student remembered what he or she read the night before. Read more