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Admittedly I don't understand all the ins and outs of what the Common Core refers to as text complexity, so I'm in no way attempting to argue the standards. I don't have enough knowledge to do that. On the contrary, I have a lot of respect for the Common Core and what it's attempting to do for education. When I read this quote though, I was reminded of the importance of easy and pleasurable reading. One of my literacy mentors, Janice Sullivan, planted this quote into my teaching pedagogy several years ago.
A lot of easy reading makes reading easy.
This year my grade level team is passionately pursuing the goal of fluent, confident readers for all our kids. I know. Like, duh. That should be a given, right? And yes it is, but we're growing weary of not radically moving the kids who arrive on our doorstep already struggling and indeed improve but not enough. We send them off to the next grade without becoming those fluent, confident readers we were hoping for. We're not entirely quite sure how to pull this off, but I'm pretty sure a lot of easy and pleasurable reading is a key factor.