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Instruction to Meet the Common Core in Grades 9–12

Align teaching with next-generation standards. To fully address the Common Core State Standards, educators must pair standards-aligned instructional goals with high-quality texts or content. The author underscores the crucial role of selecting, preparing, and incorporating texts in curriculum design and the importance of close reading, rigorous task construction, purposeful classroom discussion, and focused collaboration in literacy instruction.


  • Learn how to align teaching with next-generation standards.
  • Discover how to build an effective text staircase in order to support literacy engagement.
  • Ask questions that can direct brainstorming and development of text sets.
  • Consider examples of inquiry frames, and then match the frames to standards and implement them.
  • Find out what kinds of discussion structures encourage student independence and proficiency.
  • Understand what close reading means, and discover the four known close reading protocols.

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Introduction: The New Standard
Chapter 1: Five Essentials to Teaching With Next-Generation Standards
Chapter 2: Shifting to Complex Texts
Chapter 3: Creating a Long-Term Vision for Complex Texts
Chapter 4: Preparing Texts for Daily Instruction
Chapter 5: Collaborating—Reading to Teach
Chapter 6: Creating Rigorous Tasks
Chapter 7: Teaching Close Reading
Chapter 8: Setting the Standard for High-Quality Talk
Chapter 9: Moving Collaboration to the Core