The New K-12 Common Core State Standards
FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS & LITERACY IN HISTORY/SOCIAL STUDIES, SCIENCE and TECHNICAL SUBJECTS WIZCOMTECH PRODUCT ALIGNMENT BRIEF
The new K-12 Common Core State Standards For English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects, ("The Standards") issued JUNE, 2010 which were developed by the Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and The National Governors Association, have now been adopted by more than three-quarters of states, as a broad-based effort to ensure that all students K-12 are college and career ready in literacy no later than the end of high school.
As specified by CCSSO and NGA, the Standards are (1) research and evidence based, (2) aligned with college and work expectations, (3) rigorous, and (4) internationally benchmarked. The Standards set requirements not only for English Language Arts (ELA) but also for literacy in history/social studies, science and technical subjects. Just as students must learn to read, write, speak, listen and use language effectively in a variety of content areas, so too must the Standards specify the literacy skills and understanding required for college and career readiness in multiple disciplines. Literacy standards for grades 6 and above are predicated on the teachers of ELA, history/social studies, science and technical subjects using their content area expertise to help students meet the particular challenges of reading, writing, speaking, listening and language in their respective fields. Students advancing through the grades are expected to meet the year's grade specific standards, retain or further develop skills and understandings mastered in preceding grades, and work steadily towards meeting the more general expectations described by the College and Career Readiness (CCR) standards.
KEY FEATURES OF NEW COMMON STANDARDS INCLUDE:
Reading: Text complexity and the growth of comprehension.
"The Reading standards place equal emphasis on the sophistication of what students read and the skill with which they read. Standard 10 defines a grade-by-grade "staircase" of increasing text complexity that rises from beginning reading to the college and career readiness level.
Language: Conventions, effective use, and vocabulary
The Language standards include the essential "rules" of standard written and spoken English, but they also approach language as a matter of craft and informed choice among alternatives. The vocabulary standards focus on understanding words and phrases, their relationships, and their nuances and on acquiring new vocabulary, particularly general academic and domain-specific words and phrases.
EXCERPTED SPECIFIC STRAND...
Reading Standards: Foundational Skills (K-5): These standards are directed toward fostering students' understanding and working knowledge of concepts in print, the alphabetic principle, and other basic conventions of the English writing system. These foundational skills are not an end in and of themselves; rather they are necessary and important components of effective, comprehensive reading program designed to develop proficient readers with capacity to comprehend text across a wide range of types and disciplines. Instruction should be differentiated: good readers will need much less practice with the concepts than struggling readers will. The point is to teach students what they need to learn and not what they already know - to discern when particular children or activities warrant more or less attention.
PRINT CONCEPTS: "organization and basic features of print"; PHONOLOGICAL AWARENESS "demonstrating understanding of spoken words, syllables, and sounds (phonemes); PHONICS AND WORD RECOGNITION "know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words"; FLUENCY "read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
HOW WIZCOMTECH PRODUCTS SUPPORT THE NEW COMMON STANDARDS
Wizcomtech products can be used with any text type - core, independent reading or content-area curriculum, books, newspapers, and magazines - providing students with "supported" access to multiple text types - literature, poetry, dramas, myths, informational, historical, scientific and technical -- in an effort to help build and deepen students knowledge base and love of reading for pleasure and understanding.
Wizcomtech READING PEN 2, READING PEN TS and QUICKTIONARY TS PREMIUM can be used with students at every reading level - and can be a quick and effective tool for educators to identify text "readability." With historical look up of last 80 words reviewed - teacher can effectively gauge individual students just-right reading levels and adjust text selections accordingly - yet still allowing critical independent literacy support, for fluency, comprehension support with confidence.
READING FOUNDTIONAL SKILLS
Wizcomtech products enable schools to integrate personal, portable and powerful hand-held assistive technology that unlock the essential components of reading - with powerful literacy supports toimprove phonemic awareness, pronunciation, fluency and comprehension. Specific foundational literacy skills/product alignments are outlined in section III. *
Additional product features that support foundational skills include:
Text-to-Speech Assistive technology supports essential decoding skills, pronunciation, fluency and comprehension.
Instant definitions, synonyms, translations and spelling support help to make reading accessible and automatic.
Displays syllabic division of selected word or phrasal verb.
Direct look up of idioms/phrases, and identification of inflected words and display of their corresponding entries.
Comprehensive translation support offers ELL's the opportunity to participate in general education curriculum with first-and-second language support.