Dispelling Common Core Myths About Informational vs Literary Texts in a Properly Aligned Classroom

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Check out this presentation given by an ELA Common Core expert on the balance between literary and informational texts. Watch the full webinar recording, ask Alan a question, and even schedule a 1:1 chat with him at CommonCore.com.

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Dispelling Common Core Myths About Informational vs Literary Texts in a Properly Aligned Classroom

  1. 1. Dispelling Common Core Myths About Informational vs Literacy Texts in a Properly Aligned Classroom with Alan Sitomer www.AlanSitomer.com @ alansitomer
  2. 2. Question: Are English teachers supposed to shift into a curriculum that disavows and/or diminishes literature?
  3. 3. Distribution of Literary and Informational Passages by Grade Types of Text: Expected percentages with Common Core Unprecedented for American classrooms Rebalancing the types of texts K12 students encounter.
  4. 4. Gigantic Misperception Common Core wants to eliminate fiction. English classes must abandon literature Informational text must exclusively dominate the curricular landscape in ELA.
  5. 5. Know the facts!
  6. 6. Gigantic Misperception E! LS FA Common Core wants to eliminate fiction. Patently Un tr ue! English classes must abandon literature Informational text must exclusively dominate the curricular landscape in ELA. No! No! No!
  7. 7. Like I just said… Know the facts!
  8. 8. The facts say... Literacy is to be a Shared Shared Responsibility Responsibility on campus.
  9. 9. s n o ti p e ! c d r e p n s usmart i M a bo Many people are taking wrongly informed actions.
  10. 10. www.corestandards.org
  11. 11. Shared Responsibility for Literacy Shared responsibility for students’ literacy development The Standards insist that instruction in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language be a shared responsibility within the school. The grades 6–12 standards are divided into two sections, one for ELA and the other for history/social studies, science, and technical subjects. This division reflects the unique, time-honored place of ELA teachers in developing students’ literacy skills while at the same time recognizing that teachers in other areas must have a role in this development as well. Across the entire school day ELA Other Content Areas + ELA
  12. 12. Shared Responsibility for Literacy Shared responsibility for students’ literacy development The Standards insist that instruction in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language be a shared responsibility within the school. The grades 6–12 standards are divided into two sections, one for ELA and the other for history/social studies, science, and technical subjects. This division reflects the unique, time-honored place of ELA teachers in developing students’ literacy skills while at the same time recognizing that teachers in other areas must have a role in this development as well. School day = 8:00 am - 3:00 pm 6 hours of academic instruction Half of all class time working with text (3 hours per school day) 70% = 2.1 hours Informational Text 30% = .9 hours Literary Text ELA It’s silly to break down school mathematically. General guidelines! Across the entire school day Other Content Areas + ELA
  13. 13. Oh, come on... Is this interpretation BALONEY?
  14. 14. Let’s turn to the experts. Carol Jago in the Washington Post: * Served as President of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) * Directs the California Reading and Literature Project at UCLA * 32 years teaching experience in the classroom “The claim that the Common Core State Standards have abolished the teaching of literature makes for a great headline. Who wouldn’t get hot and bothered over the idea that high school students will no longer be reading “Romeo and Juliet,” “The Crucible,” and “Invisible Man?” I would be up in arms, too. Fortunately, nothing in the standards supports this claim.”
  15. 15. Let’s turn to the experts. The Standards could not be clearer: ELA classrooms must focus on literature -- that is not negotiable. Said plainly, stories, drama, poetry, and other literature account for the majority of reading that students will do in the high school ELA classroom. The Common Core Standards apply to a broad spectrum of disciplines: English Language Arts, and literacy in History/Social Studies, and Science and Technical Subjects. By high school, the Standards require that 70% of what students read be informational text, but the bulk of that percentage will be carried by non-ELA disciplines that do not study fictional texts. David Coleman and Sue Pimentel * The lead authors of Common Core ’s State Standards for English * As in, the people who wrote the document. ELA classrooms are not being taken over by informational text and literature is not being left by the wayside.
  16. 16. e s e th ? ll a rise o d sa e c n n e ta tio h e w r m e rp ro nt F i is m How can so many smart people be misinformed?
  17. 17. Headlines! "Catcher in the Rye Dropped From US School Curriculum.” The London Telegraph
  18. 18. Headlines! “A new curriculum plan almost certainly will diminish exposure to works of literature.” Los Angeles Times
  19. 19. Headlines! “The new achievement goals actually set American students back by de-emphasizing great literary works for informational texts." Michelle Malkin Fox News Channel Contributor
  20. 20. Headlines! “English teachers at every grade level must now ensure that 50 percent of reading materials are “informational texts.” This figure rises to 70 percent for high-school students.” -John Griffing The National Review Online
  21. 21. Headlines! “Aliens to eat all fiction, literature eradicated, novels burned!” (And lose twenty pounds before next summer with our new and sexy Common Core diet tips.) -National Enquirer
  22. 22. self our ify y edge! or t F wl kn o with W ith FA C Know what the Common Core standards actually say. TS !
  23. 23. Dispelling Common Core Myths About Informational vs Literacy Texts in a Properly Aligned Classroom with Alan Sitomer www.AlanSitomer.com @ alansitomer

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