One thing I need to emphasize in my crabbing about the Common Core ELA standards (in high school) is simply that people are eventually going to realize that they are drawn in such a way that classic, straightforward, common sense activities in the English Language Arts classroom are now not aligned with our national standards.
Since I've not actually taught English for quite a while now, rather than try to generate examples out of thin air, I'm probably going to jump on examples I come across in my general reading. This is a general disclaimer that these analyses are not meant as critiques of the teacher. The point is, in fact, that the teacher is doing something completely normal and fine, but the standards are tweaked.
That out of the way, I just read this over at Relentless Pursuit of Acronyms:
Kate: Sure. Just a few weeks ago, my students were wrapping up a unit on protest poetry (I teach English 10). The standard I was gearing at was an understanding and ability to analyze an author’s style. I had then analyzing a variety of poems about protest for style, which they were doing well with. The culminating project for the unit was to create their own example of a protest writing and to create and defend their style in the writing. It was the first time I had really upped the level of Blooms skills I was requiring of my students, but they completely soared at the challenge.
Here's the breakdown:
- Reading poems (as part of the range of reading).
- Making an argument (to defend their own choices).
- Presenting information.
- Analyzing an author's style.
- Writing a poem.
- Writing a "protest" other than an argument based on logos.
See how this works?