My first take-away from reading this book is that it is not enough for us to have our Common Core binders and remember there are 10 anchor standards in ELA or even to know the CCSS really well for our grade level. We need to really dig into what it means to apply each of the skills in the standards...How often do we we actually read complex text and apply the skills in the standards? You'd be amazed at what the common core expects! We also need to know the standards for the grade level above and below so that we can differentiate for the variety of readers we teach.
As I read the authors' section on implications for instruction, it affirmed all of the literacy work that we have been doing. The following steps for schools to put in place are things we are already doing with Daily 5/Cafe:
- Assess your readers and match them to books that can be read with 95% accuracy, fluency and comprehension.
- Make reading plans with students and help support them to reach those reading goals.
- Provide students with an extensive collection of high-interest books and allow them choice.
- Provide students with long blocks of time to read.
- Provide students with explicit instruction in the skills of effective reading.
If you made it this far in reading...good for you and Thank you! Next week I'll share what I've learned about Reading Informational Texts. I am also considering using one of the reading activities (for teachers to get practice in the standards) in our next grade level meetings.
On another random note, I wrote a post on using Goodreads, which is one of my Reading Resolutions. You can find it HERE if you're interested in learning what Goodreads is.