Will 9th grade students being exposed to the Common Core for the first time (this year) be able to meet the standards given that they have had the less rigorous state standards (MO) throughout their education?
I am a brand new teacher and have been hired for a position teaching mostly Language Arts I, which is a 9th grade course. I will also be teaching Creative Writing and Innovative Reading, which are electives. My concern is that the students are going to be expected to meet Common Core standards for the first time in 9th grade. I am not sure what the gap is between what has been done and what will be done this year. I am planning as much as I can and decided to use The Red Kayak to start even though it is below grade level just to see where everyone is and go from there. I can incorporate the Common Core standards for 9th grade while using an easier text. Do you think this is a good idea and do you have any suggestions for me since I have only done substitute teaching and most of that has been at the elementary level. Also, my student teaching was with 5th and 6th graders. I love all things English so I think this is going to be great but I just want to make sure I get off to a good start.
- English Language Arts
- Common Core