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Will you be prioritizing the common core literacy standards?

Sep 12, 2013 8:52am

I am the literacy coach at my school. Our staff has been working hard on literacy checklists for the common core standards. We are using these checklists to track for mastery. We are in the process of prioritizing the literacy standards so teachers have a teacher friendly document to use. I know that you have prioritized the common core math standards, will you be doing the same thing for literacy?

  • English Language Arts
  • Pre K-5
  • Common Core


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    • Sep 13, 2013 8:51am

      This sounds like a good idea. Teachers want to make sure they cover everything. Would you share your checklists?

      • Sep 13, 2013 4:58pm

        Hi Sandy,
        In a sense, the instructional shifts prioritize the ELA standards. (You can read more about the shifts here: But in a nutshell, we want to ensure all students have regular access to complex text and academic vocabulary; reading, writing, speaking & listening should be grounded in evidence; and we should build a coherent body of knowledge through content-rich nonfiction. These are really the priorities.

        We then use the standards to help students gain access to carefully selected texts. This has been a fundamental shift in our district-- where we had previously taught one standard at a time (and yes, needed to prioritize). With the Common Core, we are integrating multiple standards to help students gain a deep understanding of text. A great illustration of the integration of standards is to take a look at the close reading exemplar lessons (found here: These lessons were written with the text at the forefront, and the standards as a way to access the text. To further illustrate, look at the guide to creating text dependent questions (found here:; again, this places the text first and the standards are used to guide students to the central understanding.

        And finally (I apologize for the length of this reply!), it's worth reading they Key Design considerations of the Common Core (found here: which describes how the standards are meant to be woven together.

        It has definitely been a paradigm shift in our district, but it has also made teaching (and learning!) a far more enriching and fun experience! :)

        Good luck!