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Unit 1: Understanding and Teaching the Common Core Writing Standards

1.4.2 Building Knowledge through Research

How does the emphasis on using research to build knowledge play out by grade level in the CA CCSS for ELA/Literacy?

Time to Read

To address this question, let's take a look at California's writing standards 7–9 (7 and 8 in K–3) that appear in the category, "Research to Build and Present Knowledge." Select the link below to view how the standards increase in complexity as students move through the grades.

CA CCSS for ELA/Literacy: Writing

Research to Build and Present Knowledge (Standards 7–9)
Time to Try

Now download a copy of the California standards at your grade level span using the links below:

Writing Standards K–5 (pages 15–20)
Writing Standards 6–12 (pages 50–58)

Review your own grade level standards in the category of “Research to Build and Present Knowledge.” Compare them to the standards for the grades immediately preceding and following your current grade level.

Time to Reflect

Reflect upon the following questions:



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