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Laying the Foundation: An Overview
Laying the foundation: An overview
What Are the CCSS in ELA?

The fundamental importance of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English Language Arts (ELA) is that for the first time in U.S. history, states are in agreement regarding what it means to be literate in the 21st century. Furthermore, the CCSS in ELA outline the literacy skills and understandings that students are expected to demonstrate in order to be college and career ready. Specifically, students read complex works of literature for comprehension and enjoyment; they read print and digital texts deeply and critically; they engage with high-quality literary and informational texts to broaden their knowledge base, experiences, and worldviews (National Governors Association Center for Best Practices [NGA Center]/Council of Chief ...

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