I had wine and Cheese with Dr. Tim Shanahan at the SoMIRAC annual conference in early April. I asked Dr. Shanahan where strategy instruction fits within the Common Core. He replied by saying, “the Core doesn’t mention it at all”. Prior to asking him this question, I had already sat down with the ELA standards and looked closely at each one beginning with Grade K. As I progressed through standard 1 and 2, I noticed that strategy-based instruction works best for younger readers (grades Pre-K to 2) who are acquiring literacy skills at the basic level, but it starts to lose ground with intermediate level readers who are in what Dr. Chall called the reading to learn stage and the multiple view points stage (Challs Stages of Reading Development).
See for yourself. I challenge you to download a copy of the CCSS ELA standards and use the Reading Strategy Instruction vs Close Reading comparison chart. At which grade would you say that Strategy Based Instruction loses its robustness?