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2.1 The Importance of Foundational Literacy Skills

The standards for literacy in the technical subjects focus on reading and writing for grades 6–12. However, in order for students to be prepared to master these standards in secondary education, they must have a strong foundation in K–5. Therefore, it is important for both multi-subject and technical subject teachers to be aware of the ELA standards that students should master in the elementary grades and understand the interrelatedness of those standards to literacy in the technical subjects as they progress through the grades.

Time to Read

To illustrate this learning progression and the interrelatedness of the standards, take a few minutes to look over the CA CCSS for ELA/Literacy in Reading and Writing Informational Text, Speaking and Listening, and Language for K–5*. Choose a few standards to focus on in each document, noting how they increase in complexity as students progress through the grades. Note also how the strands are interconnected and interdependent:

A key shift in the CCSS for ELA/Literacy is an increased focus on balancing informational text with literature. Open the pop up link below to read more about this important change:

Common Core Shifts for English Language Arts/Literacy
(Source Achieve the Core)

Time to Reflect

In your metacognitive journal, reflect on what you learned about the interrelatedness of the CCSS and content standards in the technical subjects:



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