Common Core Standards
Key ideas & details
- Determine what the text says explicitly and make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence to support conclusions.
Craft & structure
- Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings.
- Assess how point of view or purpose shapes the content and style of a text.
Integration of knowledge & ideas
- Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.
- Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, including the validity of the reasoning as well as the relevance and sufficiency of the evidence.
- Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take.
Text types & purposes
- Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant evidence.
- Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
- Write narratives to develop real events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.
Research to build & present knowledge
- Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
- Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, assess the credibility and accuracy of each source, and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism.
- Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
Comprehension & collaboration
- Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
- Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.
- Evaluate a speaker’s point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric.
Vocabulary acquisition & use
- Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases by using context clues, analyzing meaningful word parts, and consulting general and specialized reference materials.
- Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
- Acquire and use accurately a range of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.
1. Civics – The student understands and applies
knowledge of government, law, politics, and the
nation’s fundamental documents to make decisions
about local, national, and international issues and
demonstrates thoughtful, participatory citizenship.
- 1.2 Understands the purposes, organizations,
and function of governments, laws, and
- 1.4 Understands civic involvement.
2. Social studies skills – The student understands and applies reasoning skills to conduct research, deliberate, form, and
evaluate positions through the processes of reading, writing, and communicating.
- 5.1 Uses critical reasoning skills to analyze and evaluate positions.
- 5.1.1 Understands positions on an issue.
- 5.1.2 Evaluates the significance of information used to support positions on an issue or event.
- 5.3 Deliberates public issues.
- 5.3.1 Engages in discussions that clarify and address multiple viewpoints on public issues.
1. The student uses listening and observation skills
and strategies to gain understanding.
- 1.1 Uses listening and observation skills to focus attention and interpret information.
- 1.2 Understands, analyzes, synthesizes, or evaluates information from a variety of sources.
1. The student reads different materials for a variety
- 3.1 Reads to learn new information.
- 3.1.1 Analyzes web-based and other resource materials (including primary sources and secondary sources) for relevance in answering research questions.