Orca Curriculum Connections in the Language Arts Classroom

Common Core State Standards (CCSS) provide a framework within which teachers can engage young minds in the dynamics of critical thinking. To meet these standards, the modern adolescent reader, adept in a world of digital immediacy, must practice the skill of thinking critically while attending to vocabulary, syntax, background knowledge and comprehension. What can be a daunting challenge for the middle-school reader can be ameliorated by classroom teachers, media specialists and reading specialists trained in adolescent literacy development.  

This resource supports the CCSS English Language Arts Literacy strands for middle grade using fiction excerpts accompanied by teaching strategies and student exercises. These strategies adhere to CCSS best practices, helping educators develop in students the analytic reading skills and ability to synthesize ideas that will ensure their ongoing academic success. More important, the suggestions in this program will inspire collaborative dialogue in the classroom.