Friday, April 22, 2011

Should literacy instruction continue beyond elementary school?

Here is a great article - courtesy of ASCD Smart Brief - that focuses on the common core and the need to teach literacy beyond the 3rd grade.  The report also recognizes the importance of 21st century citizens' ability to read nonfiction.

A more comprehensive approach to literacy teaching should be included as part of the revised Elementary and Secondary Education Act, according to the Alliance for Excellent Education. The alliance, which advocates for improved high-school education, argues that educators are not supported or prepared in offering literacy instruction to students beyond third grade -- after which it is assumed they will "read to learn" rather than "learn to read." The group says more focus is needed on teaching reading in both middle and high schools. Education Week/Curriculum Matters blog

The full report can be accessed by clicking on the link: policy brief 

                                             It is well worth the read. Please note the reciprocity between reading and writing.

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