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Teaching More than Just Literature

Metro West Daily News

Common Core State Standards’ inclusion of more non-fiction texts helps young people build writing and critical thinking skills, writes Curtis Perdue, a Massachusetts teacher. “Students need these skills to be better communicators…Common Core is helping our youth develop into thoughtful, aware citizens.” The Common Core requires students to “analyze complex texts, to weigh evidence, to make clear and effective arguments, and to work with very different views,” David Ruenzel, a former teacher, wrote previously. “It will no longer be enough for youngsters to memorize information or rely on formulas.”

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