Writing for Educational Leadership, Dr. Timothy Shanahan, Dr. Douglas Fisher, and Dr. Nancy Frey discuss what teachers can do to assist students with gaining access to complex text. (The entire article can be found here.) They begin with breaking apart the key features of complex text followed by specific steps educators can take to appropriately scaffold for students. They write:
With this increased understanding, teachers do not have to rely on intuition to figure out which books their students can handle. Instead, teachers can select texts worthy of instruction (emphasis added) and align their instructional efforts to ensure that all their students read complex, interesting, and important texts.
The key here is “texts worthy of instruction.” Finding these texts will involve educators collaborating in PLCs and across sites. It will take time but the effort will align practice to the CCSS, the SBAC Claims and assist students in reaching College and Career Readiness.