Great question, Joann! The ELA standards are designed to work together because reading, writing, speaking & listening should be an integrated process. The introduction of the CCSS note that, "Although the Standards are divided into Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening, and Language strands for conceptual clarity, the processes of communication are closely connected, as reflected throughout this document. For example, Writing standard 9 requires that students be able to write about what they read. Likewise, Speaking and Listening standard 4 sets the expectation that students will share findings from their research." (p. 4) So you really don't want to prioritize some standards, at the expense of others.
With that said, yes time is an issue. The Instructional Shifts may serve as a tool to help prioritize what is most important (or different) about the Common Core. You can learn more about the shifts here: http://www.achievethecore.org/ela-literacy-common-core/shifts-practice/
Another way to think about it is instead of prioritizing the standards, prioritize the texts you are teaching. Select those texts that are worthy of reading, rich and rigorous discussion and writing-- and drop out those that aren't worthy.
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What if my administration "insists" that I post A (one) standard or student learning target (this is difficult when I am integrating standards & curriculum)?
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