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March 2012, Volume 4, Issue 3

Continuing Education Alert

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Featured e-Resources of the Month
Support Common Core literacy with electronic resources

Featured e-Resources of the Month


Support Common Core literacy with electronic resources

What’s the key to Common Core standards? Reading—the heart of every library. Whether your library is public, school, or academic, you can help students become college and career ready and help teachers implement Common Core standards by using State Library electronic resources.

Common Core English Language Arts is comprised of six strands. In this column, we’ll address the top three. We’ve made some connections between the strands and State Library electronic resources. What other connections can you make?

  1. Reading for Foundational Skills

    The emphasis is on learning to read, especially kindergarten through second grades. World Book Kids promotes foundational reading with large font, images and videos, read aloud and reading games.

  2. Reading for Literature

    This strand emphasizes reading for different purposes and in different formats.

    All World Book modules, SIRS Discoverer and SIRS Issues Researcher give Lexiles to help readers find the right article for their reading level. SIRS Discoverer contains short fiction stories for grades K-9 from popular children’s magazines such as Highlights.

  3. Reading for Informational Text

    This strand emphasizes the special skills needed when reading for factual information, whether for school or personal interest, in all formats.

    World Book offers help in this area by providing read aloud, videos, and article subheadings to help readers stay on track. Articles also give links to other articles or supplemental material if readers want more information. SIRS Discoverer, SIRS Issues Researcher, and ProQuest provide informational articles about a broad variety of topics. Issues Researcher has read aloud and research tools to help students process what they read, especially “My Analysis” and “Note Organizer.” Special features in Discoverer and Issues Researcher include maps and interactive websites. ProQuest helps researchers narrow their topics by suggesting topics and giving limiters such as date and format. Gale Virtual Reference Library has read aloud in many languages.

Let State Library e-resources at help your patrons meet Common Core standards and enhance learning for all ages.

For more information on Common Core, see the SD Department of Education website at




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