The Common Core Curriculum is a set of standards, not curriculum, per se. Standards are the goal and the curriculum is how to get there. There is an emphasis on math, reading, & writing.
Building knowledge through content-rich nonfiction.
Reading, writing & speaking grounded in evidence from text, both literary & informational.
Regular practice with complex text and its academic language.
Beth gives the example of students reading The Diary of Anne Frank. Previously, students would read about World War II and the Holocaust before reading the book. Now students read the book first.
Questions in a book's educational guide should be text dependent. They must take the student back into the text to answer the questions.
For more information visit:
Common Core Standards
Tennessee Department of Education
Student Achievement Partners