A cautionary tale — and context — for the reading section of the Common Core. It’s New Criticism uncredited and with a fresh coat of paint and
According to Liana Heitin at Education Week :
[S]ome reading experts, including those who helped write the Common Core State Standards [emphasis added], are saying what’s critical about vocabulary instruction is how the words are introduced—and that context is key.
“We’ve known for a long, long time from research that giving students a list of words and asking them to look them up in the dictionary and write a sentence is not an effective way to teach vocabulary,” said Nell K. Duke, a professor of literacy, language, and culture at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
A better approach, some say, is to have students focus on a topic—anything from the musculatory system to the Great Depression to Greek myths.
“It turns out that learning about the world is a great way to build your vocabulary and knowledge,” said David Liben, a senior content specialist for the literacy team…
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