Teaching to Exceed the English Language Arts Common Core State Standards

Teaching to Exceed the English Language Arts Common Core State Standards : A Critical Inquiry Approach for 6-12 Classrooms

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Timely, thoughtful, and comprehensive, this text directly supports pre-service and in-service teachers in developing curriculum and instruction that both addresses and exceeds the requirements of the Common Core State Standards. Adopting a critical inquiry approach, it demonstrates how the Standards' highest and best intentions for student success can be implemented from a critical, culturally relevant perspective firmly grounded in current literacy learning theory and research. It provides specific examples of teachers using the critical inquiry curriculum framework of identifying problems and issues, adopting alternative perspectives, and entertaining change in their classrooms to illustrate how the Standards can not only be addressed but also surpassed through engaging instruction.

The Second Edition provides new material on

adopting a critical inquiry approach to enhance student engagement and critical thinking

planning instruction to effectively implement the CCSS in the classroom

fostering critical response to literary and informational texts

using YA literature and literature by authors of color

integrating drama activities into literature and speaking/listening instruction

teaching informational, explanatory, argumentative, and narrative writing

working with ELL students to address the language Standards

using digital tools and apps to respond to and create digital texts

employing formative assessment to provide supportive feedback

preparing students for the PARCC and Smarter Balanced assessments

using the book's wiki site http://englishccss.pbworks.com for further resources
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Product details

  • Hardback | 264 pages
  • 178 x 254 x 20.32mm | 680g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • 2nd New edition
  • 2 Tables, black and white; 6 Illustrations, black and white
  • 1138851981
  • 9781138851986

Table of contents


Section I. Theoretical frameworks/foundations of English Language Arts Instruction

Adopting a Critical Inquiry Approach for Implementing the Common Core

Adopting a Critical Inquiry Approach in an English Curriculum Framework

Planning Effective English Language Arts Instruction to Exceed the Common Core State Standards

Section II. Implementing and Exceeding the Common Core State Standards

Reading Nonfiction

Reading Literary Texts

Writing Nonfiction

Writing and Enacting Narratives, Drama, and Poetry

Implementing Digital/Media Literacy Standards

Implementing Speaking and Listening Standards

Implementing Language Standards

Section III: Evaluation, Assessment, and Reflection

Assessing Students' Work

Fostering Teacher Reflection and Professional Development


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About Richard Beach

Richard Beach is Professor Emeritus of English Education at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, USA.

Amanda Haertling Thein is Associate Professor of English Education at the University of Iowa, USA.

Allen Webb is Professor of English Education and Postcolonial Studies at Western Michigan University, USA.

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