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Unit 2: Planning Lessons for Informational and Argument Writing

2.1 Planning CCSS-Informed Writing Lessons

As previously discussed, the CCSS for ELA/Literacy bring an increased emphasis on analytical reading and writing. In the face of this transition, educators may ask:

What guidance do the CCSS provide to teachers?

The answer to this question involves an explanation of what the standards are and what they are not. The CCSS are a clear set of shared goals and expectations for the knowledge and skills students need in English language arts and mathematics at each grade level to ultimately be prepared to graduate college and career ready. The standards establish what students need to learn, but they do not dictate how teachers should teach. Teachers will continue to devise lesson plans and tailor instruction to the individual needs of the students in their classrooms (CCSS Initiative, 2010).