The New Schools Venture Fund hosted a conference on Common Core and included a session titled, Teaching Literacy in the New World of CCSS (video linked here). At minute 4:11 Doug Lemov, managing director of Uncommon Schools and author of Teach Like a Champion, describes the “4 Common Core Imperatives” that must be addressed to boost reading achievement. They are:
- Read harder texts
- Read more nonfiction
- Do close reading and
- Writing directly from text
Harder text is described in detail at 9:56 with Lemov noting that absent opportunities to work with grade level text, students will not be prepared for work in the subsequent grades. He continues that reading has been more focused on the questions we ask rather than the books we choose. “The book matters” Lemov argues.
At minute 16:40, Lemov describes the Uncommon Schools’ emphasis on using more information text and uses a baseball example to prove his point. In short, Lemov concludes, “absorption rates” change based on how much background knowledge a child brings to a text.
Lemov finished his presentation with an overview of the implications of close reading at minute 22:10 and writing at minute 27:00. You can access the entire video here.
Bonus: Robert Pondiscio presents immediately after Lemov.