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Rather than seeing the Common Core as leaching time away from other subjects, we need to acknowledge and respond to the central importance that language and reasoning play in every subject. By infusing writing-to-learn activities, reinforcing academic vocabulary, and expecting students to access their own knowledge through content-area independent reading (and helping them

do so), we are enriching education, not diluting it. The accurate use of language sharpens, almost defines, and even creates thinking skills.