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How audio books help meet CCSS Standards

A follow up to the T&L Webinar

Thank you for attending or registering for the T&L Webinar. Click HERE to view the webinar if you were unable to make the original time. We thought you might like some more information on how audio books help meet Common Core Standards.

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Listening as a skill within the Common Core - and how audio books help meet CCSS standards

The Common Core Standards give special emphasis to listening skills in K-5 literacy. As the above chart from the CCSS ELA Appendix shows, children's listening comprehension outpaces reading comprehension until middle school years (grades 6-8). Specifically, audio books allow children to experience written language without the burden of decoding, granting them access to content that they may not be able to read and understand by themselves.

Also underpinning the standards is the importance of students acquiring a rich and varied vocabulary. It is widely accepted among researchers that the difference in students' vocabulary is a key factor in disparities in academic achievement, yet vocabulary instruction is neither frequent nor systematic in most schools. Audio books provide students with exposure to a great variety of words in context, and with proper pronunciation, dialect and fluency.

Finally, the standards argue that complexity of text matters. Reading demands in college, work and life increased over the last half century, but declined in K12 schools. Audio books help students stretch their reading abilities since they can listen a full two grade levels beyond their current reading level.

The CCSS asks students to read and listen to texts using a variety of media:

  • Kindergarten: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.K.2 Confirm understanding of a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media asking about key details and requesting clarification if something is not understood
  • 2nd Grade: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.2.2 Recount or describe key ideas or details from a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media
  • 4th Grade: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.4.2 Paraphrase portions of a text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively and orally

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