NCAGT Conference March 16, 2012 DPI AIG Team Session Julie Joslin and Lisa McIntosh. Tackling Text Complexity. Where does text complexity appear in the Common Core?. College and Career Anchor Standard for Reading
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College and Career Anchor Standard for Reading
R.10: Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.
“The clear, alarming picture that emerges from the evidence… is that while the reading demands of college, workforce training programs, and citizenship have held steady or risen over the past fifty years or so, K–12 texts have, if anything, become less demanding.”
(Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects, Appendix A, pg. 2, June 2010).
Readability measures and other scores of text complexity
Reader variables (such as motivation, knowledge and experiences) and task variables (such as purpose and the complexity generated by the task assigned and the questions posed).
What aspects of the text will likely pose the most challenge for my students? (Reader)
2. What Common Core State Standards should I focus on when teaching this text? (Task)
What supports do I need to provide so that all of my students (even those who are struggling readers) can access the text? (Scaffolding)
It is important to consider all sides of the triangle when considering text complexity.
Two ELA Common Core Livebinders:
A self-directed study of the ELA CCSS
Resources to support the implementation of the ELA CCSS