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Welcome to the wiki for Teaching to Exceed the English Language Arts Common Core State Standards

 

This site provides resources for the book, Teaching to Exceed the English Language Arts Common Core State Standards A Critical Inquiry Approach for 6-12 Classrooms, 2nd Edition by Richard Beach, University of Minnesota; Amanda Haertling Thein, University of Iowa; and Allen Webb, Western Michigan University, Routledge Press, December, 2015. Order from Routledge Press. Order from Amazon, including a Kindle e-book version. 

 

The first 6‐12 English language arts methods text to be aligned with the Standards, this text also addresses their limitations--formalist assumptions about literacy learning, limited attention to media/digital literacies, lack of attention to critical literacies, and developmental assumptions about linking standards and text complexity to specific grade levels--and shows how these limitations can be surpassed through adoption of a literacy practices/critical engagement curriculum framework. Specific examples of teachers using this approach to interpreting and translating the Standards bring it to life.

 

To participate in the the virtual case studies in the book

 

To add activities or units to this wiki site

 

See also Richard's related wikis on Digital writingMedia literacyTeaching literatureIdentity-focused ELA Teaching, and Apps for literacy learning