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Unit 1: Examining the CCSS for Reading Literature and Informational Text

1.1.3 Comparing Standards for Literature and for Informational Text

Time to Apply

The numbers used to identify a standard correspond across the CCR Anchor Standards, the  standards for literature, those for informational text, and those for literacy in the content-areas. While Standard 1, about citing evidence, is very similar across these reading standards, Standard 9 varies the most. Examining Standard 9 across the reading standards will help you see the differences between the standards for literature, those for informational text, and those for literacy in the content-areas.

Here is how Standard 9 is expressed in the CCR Anchor Standards for Reading:

Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches authors take."

Returning to the CCSS for ELA/Literacy take a moment to compare how Standard 9 is written in Grade 6 for literature, for informational text, for literacy in history/social studies, and for literacy in science and technical subjects by reviewing the box below.
 

READING STANDARDS FOR LITERATURE GRADE 6
9. Compare and contrast texts in different forms or genres (e.g., stories and poems; historical novels and fantasy stories) in terms of their approaches to similar themes and stories.

READING STANDARDS FOR INFORMATIONAL TEXT GRADE 6
9. Compare and contrast one author's presentation of events with that of another (e.g., a memoir written by and a biography on the same person).

READING STANDARDS FOR LITERACY IN HISTORY/SOCIAL STUDIES GRADES 6–8
9. Analyze the relationship between a primary and secondary source on the same topic.

READING STANDARDS FOR LITERACY IN SCIENCE AND TECHNICAL SUBJECTS GRADES 6–8
9. Compare and contrast the information gained from experiments, simulations, videos, or multimedia sources with that gained from reading a text on the same topic.

 

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Time to Extend

Take a look at another standard for your grade level and compare it across the different standards for reading. This is a great discussion to have with your Professional Learning Communities (i.e., your leadership team, grade-level team, and/or department team).