The Common Core: New standards, new teaching

Smith, Michael W.; Wilhelm, Jeffrey D.; Fredricksen, James
May 2013
Phi Delta Kappan;May2013, Vol. 94 Issue 8, p45
The article discusses writing as part of the common core state standards, and presents advice for teachers on instructional methods for student writing in order to meet the standards. Different types of composition which the author states students must master including practice writing, writing to plan, first-draft composition, and final-draft composition are explored, and an "inquiry square" writing exercise is presented. The common core's emphasis on the ability of students to write convincing arguments, clear informational texts, and strong narratives is also examined.


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