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Agroup of high schoolstudents stares intently atthe famous crop-dustersequence from AlfredHitchcock’sNorth byNorthwest.Cary Grant is standing aloneat the side of a deserted highway. Asfilm buffs know, Grant isn’t alone forlong; a mysterious crop-duster planesoon appears out of nowhere and beginsdive-bombing him, chasing him downthe road until he is forced to take coverin a cornfield. As the students watchthe film, they look for moments whenediting cuts have been made by the filmeditor. Each time an edit occurs (whenone shot switches to another), theyclap their hands. The students’ clapsbecome closer and closer together, andit becomes evident that as the scenepicks up in intensity, Hitchcock and hisfilm editor have also picked up the paceof the cuts.This activity is just one of many thatI’ve seen over the last 15 years as I’veobserved teachers around the worldexperimenting with a variety of new(and old) media in their classrooms.1More recently, I’ve also witnessed theserious work going on in the UnitedStates to implement the Common CoreState Standards by 2013–14. I’ve beenstruck by how many learning activitiesand assignments that include someform of the new literacies are perfectlyaligned with these new standards.It makes sense that an emphasison new ways of reading and writingfits easily within the Common Coreumbrella. After all, a primary thrust ofthe new standards is college and careerreadiness. How can we hope to prepareour young people to thrive in today’ssociety—in which people are connected24 hours a day by media and coworkersmay well live in different countries—and the Common CoreNewLiteraciesThe Common Core State Standards recognize that to thrive in the newlywired world, students need to master new ways of reading and writing.William Kist38ED U C A T I O N A LLE A D E R S H I P/ MA R C H2013
ASCD /W W W.A S C D.O R G39without giving them some practice withnew media at school?And it’s more than just anemployment issue; it’s also a quality-of-life issue. Sharing recipes or sportsscores with a Canadian or British friendon Pinterest has become as easy asopening the door and leaning on thebackyard fence to chat with a next-door neighbor. As people increasinglyinteract with the world online, a typicalAmerican’s daily newspaper might bethe online English version ofLe Monde.The teachers I have studied take thepreparation of students to participate ina wired world seriously, and much ofthis preparation involves making surethat students are able to navigate newways of reading and writing. Here arefour strategies that can help—each oneclosely related to one or more of theCommon Core standards in English lan-guage arts and literacy.

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