Understanding the CCSS Reading Standards: A Second Look


In June of 2012, many Iowa educators were challenged by Dr. Shanahan to “really know” the CCSS reading standards.  At that session we were told that we should “memorize the gist” so that we could use the standards interactively and have the “words” at our beck and call.   I reread the Reading Standards last week while working with writing classes in order to build many reading and writing connections.  This opportunity to “reread” the standards deepened my own understanding.

How well do you know the reading standards?  

Do you need to reread them?

On 8.03.13, I found “Learning with Reyes” through a Twitter link.   I like the questions that Ric has added to the reading strands that already build connections between the groups of standards.  The link to Ric’s post above provides the source of his learning.

I have combined our “phrases” from Shanahan with the the questions from Ric.  They add another dimension to my thinking and talking about the standards.  See if this version helps strengthen your understanding of  the reading standards!

                      College and Career Reading Anchor Standards

reading standards

Are these words and phrases consistently in your conversations?  (They are NOT the “know all, be all” but they are a good beginning point for  the CCSS Reading Standards – Instruction and Assessment.)

What are you going to do to increase your knowledge of the Reading Anchor Standards?
 What are your going to do to increase your understanding of the Reading Anchor Standards?

Your comments below are greatly appreciated!


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