Teaching to Exceed the English Language Arts Common Core State Standards : A Critical Inquiry Approach for 6-12 Classrooms book cover
2nd Edition

Teaching to Exceed the English Language Arts Common Core State Standards
A Critical Inquiry Approach for 6-12 Classrooms

ISBN 9781138852006
Published December 14, 2015 by Routledge
276 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Timely, thoughtful, and comprehensive, this text directly supports pre-service and in-service teachers in developing curriculum and instruction that both addresses and exceeds the requirements of the Common Core State Standards. Adopting a critical inquiry approach, it demonstrates how the Standards’ highest and best intentions for student success can be implemented from a critical, culturally relevant perspective firmly grounded in current literacy learning theory and research. It provides specific examples of teachers using the critical inquiry curriculum framework of identifying problems and issues, adopting alternative perspectives, and entertaining change in their classrooms to illustrate how the Standards can not only be addressed but also surpassed through engaging instruction.

The Second Edition provides new material on

  • adopting a critical inquiry approach to enhance student engagement and critical thinking
  • planning instruction to effectively implement the CCSS in the classroom
  • fostering critical response to literary and informational texts
  • using YA literature and literature by authors of color
  • integrating drama activities into literature and speaking/listening instruction
  • teaching informational, explanatory, argumentative, and narrative writing
  • working with ELL students to address the language Standards
  • using digital tools and apps to respond to and create digital texts
  • employing formative assessment to provide supportive feedback
  • preparing students for the PARCC and Smarter Balanced assessments
  • using the book’s wiki site http://englishccss.pbworks.com for further resources

Table of Contents


Section I. Theoretical frameworks/foundations of English Language Arts Instruction

  1. Adopting a Critical Inquiry Approach for Implementing the Common Core
  2. Adopting a Critical Inquiry Approach in an English Curriculum Framework
  3. Planning Effective English Language Arts Instruction to Exceed the Common Core State Standards

Section II. Implementing and Exceeding the Common Core State Standards

  1. Reading Nonfiction
  2. Reading Literary Texts
  3. Writing Nonfiction
  4. Writing and Enacting Narratives, Drama, and Poetry
  5. Implementing Digital/Media Literacy Standards
  6. Implementing Speaking and Listening Standards
  7. Implementing Language Standards

Section III: Evaluation, Assessment, and Reflection

  1. Assessing Students’ Work
  2. Fostering Teacher Reflection and Professional Development



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Richard Beach is Professor Emeritus of English Education at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, USA.

Amanda Haertling Thein is Associate Professor of English Education at the University of Iowa, USA.

Allen Webb is Professor of English Education and Postcolonial Studies at Western Michigan University, USA.