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NYT Op-Ed piece: "What Should Children Read?"

Posted by Douglas Cronk on 11/26/2013 1:30:00 PM

In her piece from the New York Times ("What Should Children Read?"), Sarah Mosle, a high school English teacher, considers the merits of the CCSLS shift towards greater attention to non-fiction texts. She cites David Coleman, president of the College Board, who observes that "English classes today focus too much on self-expression. 'It is rare in a working environment,' he argues, 'that someone says, 'Johnson, I need a market analysis by Friday but before that I need a compelling account of your childhood.'" It's an interesting article that can start some discussion in the department.


"What common core authors suggest high schoolers should read"

Posted by Douglas Cronk on 11/26/2013 1:30:00 PM

This post from The Post (The Washington Post, that is) uses the exemplar texts listed in the CCLS to start a discussion about what high school students should read. I'm hoping we will begin the same conversation at department meetings, in the cafeteria, and on this blog. Which books do you think WPHS students should read before they graduate? If you'd like to, also consider when (grade level, specific course) and for what purposes (as a model, thematic connections, because it's beautiful) each book best fits. Which books do we most value and want introduce to and share with our students?