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Unit 1: Understanding and Teaching the Common Core Writing Standards

1.3.1 Text Types and Purposes

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Now let's take a closer look at Anchor Standards 1 through 3. You will notice that the standards ask students to master three basic forms of writing: writing arguments, writing to inform and explain, and writing narratives. The CCSS place increasing emphasis on analytical writing (argument, informing, and explaining) and decreasing emphasis on narrative writing as students advance through the grades.

Take a few minutes to review the key text types and purposes:

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Test your knowledge of these broad text types and purposes:



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For a more detailed explanation and the rationale behind Standards 1 through 3, watch a short video featuring one of the authors of the CCSS for ELA/Literacy.

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