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The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) lay out very specific listening requirements by grade, as part of a dedicated strand on speaking and listening skills. The standards also specify the use of ‘other media’ within the strand, e.g., CCSS.ELA-Literacy 3.2 Determine the main ideas and supporting details of a text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally. And for those tempted to just pair audio with visual text, that approach is common and valid with emerging readers, but not what the standards intend.


Listening, on its own, is considered a desired skill for a 21st Century college and career-ready student. The CCSS requires students to read purposefully and listen attentively to gain both general knowledge and discipline-specific expertise, as well as be engaged and open-minded – but discerning – readers and listeners. Students are expected to work diligently to understand precisely what an author or speaker is saying, but also question an author or speaker’s assumptions or premises and assess the veracity of claims and the soundness of reasoning. Listening is placed on equal footing with reading, writing and speaking.


The CCSS also requires students to comprehend texts of steadily increasing complexity as they progress through school. The CCSS makes the point that while reading demands in college, workforce training programs and life have generally held steady or increased in the last 50 years, K-12 texts have actually declined in sophistication, leaving a gap between ability upon high school graduation and what is expected in college and beyond. Audio books can act as an important scaffold that allows students to read above their actual reading level.


Click HERE to access CCSS lesson plans from the Learning Resources section of the Tales2Go website.

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