That’s Not Fair! Reading Between the Lines

My seventh graders finished reading S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders the week before winter break. The Lexile Framework for Reading puts The Outsiders squarely at a seventh grade reading level, which is perfect for some of my students. For others, it is way to high. To help my struggling readers get through the text, we often listened to the audio version […]

What Kind of Reading is Common Core?

There has been a fair amount of discussion, and a fair amount of worry, about whether the Common Core State Standards discourage the study of literature in the English language arts classroom. Various administrators and consultants are admonishing teachers saying, “You have to teach  more informational materials!” implying that we should stop wasting our time […]