Baker teacher: Common Core standards require more advanced literacy skills

Roxy Parker

Roxy Parker, Alexis Joiner and Marcus Moore, all 6, read books during story time on Thursday at Baker School. (This photo appears in the Jan. 18, 2014 Crestview Bulletin)

MATTHEW BROWN / News Bulletin
Published: Friday, January 17, 2014 at 02:16 PM.

BAKER — First-grade teacher Kay O'Neal knows students' reading skills have to be sharper than ever.

"There are very rigorous standards with the Common Core (State Standards)," the Baker School teacher said. Students "not only have to read it but (also) understand it, interact with it and compare it with another text."

That's why kindergartners and first-graders must advance their literacy now.

For Literacy Week, O'Neal's class made decorative bookmarks, which will be useful for students' next challenge: chapter books.

Logan Godwin, 6, said he anticipates perusing bigger books.

"I'm looking forward to it very much ... because there are multiple stories within them ... it's an adventure," he said.

Rebecca Logan, 6, said she enjoys sharing that adventure with her two siblings.

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