Does the common core encourage students to connect with text?

07/15/2013 | (New York)

The Common Core State Standards does not prohibit students from making personal connections to the material they read, but the method isn't encouraged either, asserts sixth-grade English teacher Meredith Jacks. In this blog post, she writes that students need to connect personally to both fiction and nonfiction works by offering their opinions, going beyond the standards' call for a summary "distinct" from personal reactions. "Truly critical, engaged reading requires a human connection with the text, not just a magnifying glass," she writes.

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