Rigor is creating an environment in which each student is expected to learn at high levels,
each student is supported so he or she can learn at high levels,
and each student demonstrates learning at high levels (Blackburn, 2008).

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Are your students frustrated with the books they are reading?  Here's a few guidelines for choosing texts for your students.  Keep in mind the Common Core State Standards provide recommendations at each grade that are appropriately challenging for growth as opposed to easy reading. 

Considerations for Text Selection
Is the content of the text pertinent to my standards or objectives?
Is the content of the text appropriate to the purpose of the assignment (independent reading, research, partner reading, etc.)?
Is the content of the text appropriate to the age or developmental level of my students?
Is the content of the text appropriately challenging for growth (not too hard, yet not too easy)?
Is this the only opportunity my students will be given to read, or are they allowed choices at other times?

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