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Under the Common Core, students must develop reading stamina
THURSDAY, MAY 03, 2012 16:38 PM

Every now and then, a book series comes along and hooks readers young and old. It happened with "Harry Potter" and "Twilight," and now it continues with "The Hunger Games." While this is good news for the authors who penned these stories, it is even better for teachers across the nation because it means their students are not only reading, but also enjoying it.

This is important, as reading skills will only become more vital once schools implement the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), Donna Main, coordinator of instruction for English/language arts for Maryland’s Worcester County Public Schools, wrote in The Daily Times. In a world filled with digital distractions, the need for highly skilled readers is greater than ever before.

The implementation of the CCSS will mean many changes in the ways in which reading is taught in Worcester County’s classrooms, according to Main. Something students will be required to develop is what is being referred to as reading stamina. This will allow them to read difficult texts with less background information for longer periods of time.

According to the CCSS’ website, the texts students are required to read throughout their academic career will become increasingly complex. This will ensure that they are prepared to read at the college-level by the end of high school.