TheCommon Core State Standardsare hugely influencing school policy and reform especially in regard to curriculum and instruction.Burkins and Yaris (2012) contend that the Common Core State Standards foster critical thinking. They reference the reading anchor standards which can be found here: English Language Arts Anchor Standards. They note A quick scan forces us to notice language like analyze how individuals events and ideas develop and interpret words and phrases and integrate and evaluate content. These wordsanalyze interpret integrate reflect the vernacular of critical thinking suggesting that the intent behind the Common Core isnt simply better scores on a particular test but to impact the lives of students in meaningful long term ways.For your Week One assignment choose one of the following prompts:

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