teachers love to learn.
ohio is adopting the united states common core academic standards, and it was a treat to go learn about the new reading expectations.
there are six shifts in the reading and language arts area, and i'll cover each in a separate post.
the first shift is balancing informational and literary texts.
in short, by 4th grade, children will be expected to read 50 percent literary texts, and 50 percent nonfiction texts. as children go into higher grades, their reading tips more toward nonfiction. the long-term goal is to prepare children for all the informational texts they will read in college and as adults.
as a first, second, and third grade teacher in a multi-grade montessori classroom, we take children first through the foundational skills - print concepts, phonemic awareness, phonics, and word recognition - and then into fluent reading with comprehension. in learning-to-read, we use primarily fiction texts. however, the montessori science and cultural curriculum requires lots of nonfiction, too.
elementary classrooms are places where students access the world - science, social studies, the arts, and literature - through text.
for adult reading suggestions, you can check out miss bibliophile.
second common core shift - very soon.