Common core short on recommended reading for middle grades

12/27/2012 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

A student's emotional maturity determines what they are ready to read, but the Common Core State Standards offer little guidance for middle-grades educators in this area, middle-grades English teacher Claire Needell Hollander writes in this commentary. Sixth-graders are not ready to question human goodness, but eighth-graders can handle works such as "Macbeth" that address "hard truths," she writes. "The developers of the Common Core also need to grapple with difficult questions, and to engage in a public debate about what middle grade students need to read."

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