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Teacher challenges students with Common Core-aligned texts


Students who attend schools that have embraced the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) will notice changes to their English classes as institutions transition to new curricula.

In the area of reading, the Common Core requires schools to teach certain content, such as classic myths and foundational U.S. documents, according to the CCSS’ website. Aside from these critical works, schools are allowed to make their own choices as to what students read in the classroom.

This is the case in Illinois, a state that adopted the CCSS on June 24, 2010, where teachers at several schools are finding creative ways to expand students’ interest in reading.

For instance, at the Academic Academy in Champaign, Illinois, English teacher Ryan O’Conner selects books that are not only aligned with the CCSS, but also push students academically and intellectually, The Oshkosh Northwestern reported.

O’Conner is focused on finding books that will not only appeal to his students, but show them there is a world outside of Champaign, the news source stated. That is why some of his selections have included Hiroshima by John Hersey, and Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut.