Text Complexity: A Complex Issue

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Our school district has adopted the Common Core Standards and plans implementation of CCS for kindergarten and first grades in the 2012 – 2013 school year. Unfortunately, we have received no information from our school district on what the common core standards are, how they effect teaching and what is expected of our teachers. I just stumbled upon this website and wanted to share it with anyone who might need some information.

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The March 2012 Educational Leadershippublication popped through my mail chute and I was thrilled to read its title:  READING ~The Core Skill~.  As an English teacher and reading specialist, I have always believed that reading is the essence, the core, of all learning, in all grades, in all disciplines.   This issue of Educational Leadership features numerous articles discussing aspects of reading research and practice for 21st Century teachers and learners.  As I pondered the ideas presented by literacy experts such as Tim Shanahan, Nancy Fry, and Richard Allington, one major question came to mind:

How can Professional Learning Teams, busy with the day-to-day schedule of planning, teaching, grading, and team meetings, effectively merge the Common Core’s emphasis on text complexity with skill instruction that equips students to comprehend and analyze these complex texts?

Let’s examine what the Common Core writes about text complexity.  According to…

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