Tag Archives: Common Core State Standards

Narrative Drama, Key to Good Teaching

To teach your discipline, turn to compelling narratives.

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For Core Standards, More Lit, Not Less

The Common Core State Standards deemphasize literature. In fact, we need more literature taught.

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Austen vs. Common Core State Standards

To excite students, teach good writing–not writing that torments.

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Gradgrind Takes Over English Classes

The new Common Core State Standards are pushing literature out of English classes.

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