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Closer Readings of the Common Core

Asking Big Questions About the English/Language Arts Standards

By Edited by Patrick Shannon
Foreword by Joanne Larson

Join a conversation respected members of our field that examines the history and content of the CCSS, critiquing its assumptions about students and learning and looking at their portent for American education.

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“We open up the Common Core State Standards process and product, revealing that both are constructions—partial and value laden. With this understanding, we hope readers will step forward to take active roles in the discussion of why CCSS as well as how CCSS.”
—Patrick Shannon

Common Core is on everyone’s lips. We all want answers about implementation and integration as well as about what constitutes “close reading” or “text complexity.” But who is asking the big questions: Common to whom? Core of what? Standards toward what end?

Closer Readings of the Common Core finally asks and answers those questions. Patrick Shannon convenes a conversation among some of the most respected members of the field. They examine the history and content of the standards, teasing out their implications for teachers and classrooms, critiquing their assumptions about students and learning, and looking at their portent for American education now and in the future.

With compelling analysis from Shannon, Peggy Albers, Randy Bomer, Catherine Compton-Lilly, Curt Dudley-Marling, Elizabeth Jaeger, Marjorie Orellana, Sandra Wilde, and Maja Wilson, teachers, school leaders, and policy makers will have the understanding necessary to avoid passively receiving mandates. Instead they’ll be able to ensure that instructional decision making remains meaningful and well-informed.

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Foreword: Operationalizing the Neoliberal Common Good, Joanne Larson
1. An Evidence Base for the Common Core, Patrick Shannon
2. Common Core Children, Randy Bomer
3. Texts and Teens: Separate and Unequal, Maja Wilson
4. Understanding Digital and Media Texts in the Common Core, Peggy Albers
5. When Standards Means Standardization, Marjorie Faulstich Orellana and Gloria-Beatriz Rodríguez
6. “Common” and “Core” and the Diversity of Students’ Lives and Experiences, Catherine Compton-Lilly and Kristopher Stewart
7. All I’m Asking for Is . . ., Sandra Wilde
8. Jack and Miss Stretchberry Meet the Common Core: And What Lessons Do They Find There?, Elizabeth Jaeger
9. Teachers as the Standard(s) Bearers, Curt Dudley-Marling