Shifting to the Common Core provides you with classroom strategies and activities to help your students achieve greater depths of knowledge and succeed on the new assessments. Your students will learn strategies to sort out what they read, see, and hear; judge information and test it for reliability; and create effective writing.
Rubrics, standards correlations, and model responses help you assess your students’ comprehension of these important deeper-thinking skills.
Students in grades 6–8 will learn to . . .
- use close-reading strategies to capture the meaning of complex texts;
- quickly outline complex texts, summarizing main points;
- cite textual evidence in a variety of forms;
- use STRAP analysis to fully understand writing prompts;
- evaluate and critique logical arguments within texts;
- weigh the effectiveness of support;
- evaluate the use of literary devices;
- evaluate arguments and sources of information;
- construct logical arguments, drawing evidence from texts;
- synthesize information from multiple sources to build meaning;
- create effective informational and persuasive writing;
- write effective responses to on-demand prompts.
By developing these deeper-thinking skills, your students will improve their comprehension across the curriculum, raise their grades, and increase their success on Common Core assessments.