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Chapter 6: Aiming for Complex Interpretation How to be Street Smart about Choosing Complex Texts

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Aiming for Complex Interpretation How to be Street Smart about Choosing Complex Texts
Aiming for complex interpretation: How to be street smart about choosing complex texts

We've heard a number of disquieting stories about how schools and districts are using the grade-level lists of text exemplars that are included in Appendix B of the CCSS document as curriculum guides (see National Governors Association Center for Best Practices/Council of Chief State School Officers [NGA Centers/CCSSO], 2010b). For example, at a recent panel discussion among inservice teachers that Deborah arranged for her preser-vice teachers, one major theme was the inservice teachers’ worry that they would lose the chance to choose texts they thought would be most enjoyable and useful to their students and ones most in line ...

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