I recently attended a publisher’s presentation of their New Product!! So exciting! So many trade books!! So many teacher resources!!! The answer to all your concerns about the Common Core!!! They have the BEST planners! And if you follow their recommendations, you will cover all the Common Core Standards!!!
I have to remember the essential components to teaching reading. The new standards are listed for us in the Common Core State Standards. There are 10 Standards.
I also need to remember the 5 Components of Reading. Call me old fashioned, but this document from the National Reading Panel is a still-undisputed research document outlining how to teach reading.
Here’s what I know I need to teach students, regardless of the flashy publisher’s presentation:
|National Reading Panel 5 Components||Corresponding Common Core State Standard|
|Phonemic Awareness||Foundational Skills: Phonological Awareness Standard 2: Demonstrate understanding of spoken words, syllables, and sounds|
|Phonics||Foundational Skills: Phonics and Word Recognition Standard 3: Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.|
|Fluency||Foundational Skills: Fluency Standard 4: Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.|
The publisher’s salesperson was so excited about the trade books, the Close Reading routine, and the tubs to organize the student books. However, she couldn’t answer my questions about how the program explicitly taught foundational skills. The comprehension skills the publisher taught will help teachers meet the lion’s share of standards in comprehension. I worry about the lack of foundational skills children will need in order to independently practice those deep comprehension skills.