Story Map Index for the 10 Common Core Reading Standards
Reading and thinking are skills that we expect students to master and hone throughout their education careers and beyond. Good readers and thinkers are lifelong learners. As a former English teacher, I appreciate the pressure on educators tied to testing and standards alignment. I have been on the front lines with my students. As a curriculum writer, I realize we must utilize a myriad of tools to garner the most student engagement as well as content uptake. I love the versatility of GIS with any subject. How interesting that a tool which displays points, lines and polygons (boundaries) does such a beautiful job with helping curricular content boundaries dissolve!
Esri has a wonderful set of pre-designed Story Maps (http://storymaps.esri.com). One day while admiring them, I discovered some excellent ties to what’s being called the “rigor of common core.” I don’t think the rigor of reading and writing class has dramatically changed; however, the emphasis on purposefully utilizing a variety of reading content has certainly made the education headlines and has many curriculum departments giving their practices and methodologies a second look.
I submit that you can use several of these story maps and the accompanying analysis to suit the Common Core Reading Standards quite nicely (and those writing standards too). I even created some sample activities for you to show how I would use these strategies in my own classroom. Explore the Common Core with a new perspective! http://www.barbareeduke.com/commoncore