What is happening to the classroom as a result of the Common Core? If you would like an answer to this question, spend some time with the English Language Arts (ELA) materials on the New York State Education Department (NYSED) website.
On the engageNY homepage, click on the words “Common Core Curriculum & Assessments.” Follow the links until you get to Grade 5 ELA Module 1. Download the 589-page document.
The module is on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). This is a fine topic to discuss in school, though the module does confirm worries that the Common Core could be used to promote a political ideology. My critique here is that this module — despite a disclaimer on the website — is a script, and scripts suck the oxygen out of a classroom.
Here are a few minutes of the script: