By Jennifer Dorman, grade 7-8 English language arts teacher at Skowhegan Area Middle School and the 2014 Somerset County Teacher of the Year and 2015 Maine State Teacher of the Year.
Today’s Common Core Standards require students to comprehend complex text across the curriculum. The standards focus on the need for students to develop a deeper understanding of content knowledge. Likewise, the Common Core Standards demand a heavier emphasis on informational and argument writing.
Students must convey deeper levels of understanding and consequently must be fluent in using evidence from a variety of sources when writing. Unfortunately, writing about content is one of the most significant challenges my students face in language arts class.