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Friday, August 9, 2013

Common Core Reading: Informational Text Standard 6

College and Career Readiness Anchor Standard 6 (CCRA.R.6) deals with assessing "how point of view or purpose shapes the content and style of a text." Here's how it shakes out for intermediate grades.

RI.3.6 asks third grade students to "distinguish their own point of view from that of the author of a text." This can be as simple as asking your students, "What does the author think about this topic?" and then "What do you think about this topic?" I didn't find many resources on this standard, but a reasonably priced product with worksheets, activity, and poster for this standard is available from havefunteaching on Teachers pay Teachers.

Fourth (RI.4.4) and fifth (RI.5.4) grade students must read primary and secondary sources then compare and contrast. As you include speeches, music, artwork, diaries, and artifacts in your social studies instruction, you will not only address this standard but also make your class a lot more interesting!

It's easy to bring primary sources into your classroom. American Rhetoric online speech bank holds over 5000 full text, audio, and video versions of speeches. You can find a variety of America's Historical Documents online. (For a more comprehensive search, try Archival Research Catalog.) With the Internet, primary sources are just a click away!

Instruction can begin with a Venn diagram and scaffold to full-blown analysis of perspectives of various primary and secondary sources.


Here are a few additional resources to get your students thinking about the difference between primary and secondary sources:

With the start of a new school year only days away, reviewing this standard gives me new resolve to bring in more primary sources. Not only will I use them in social studies, but I can see possibilities in math, science, and much more! This will be fun.