The Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects (“the Standards”) are the culmination of an extended, broad-based effort to fulfill the charge issued by the states to create the next generation of K–12 standards in order to help ensure that all students are college and career ready in literacy no later than the end of high school.
Students who meet the Standards readily undertake the close, attentive reading that is at the heart of understanding and enjoying complex works of literature. They habitually perform the critical reading necessary to pick carefully through the staggering amount of information available today in print and digitally. They actively seek the wide, deep, and thoughtful engagement with high-quality literary and informational texts that builds knowledge, enlarges experience, and broadens worldviews. They reflexively demonstrate the cogent reasoning and use of evidence that is essential to both private deliberation and responsible citizenship in a democratic republic. In short, students who meet the Standards develop the skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening that are the foundation for any creative and purposeful expression in language.
With the onset of Common Core, it is suggested that students engage with text selections that provide the following criteria: complexity, quality and range. It is these criteria that ensure students will be college and career ready upon completion of the core standards. Comprised of a blend of Common Core Exemplars as well as various other titles from diverse authors, the collection is the ideal resource to help students think more critically and expand their knowledge of the world around them.
Common Core State Standards suggests the reading experiences students engage in should be more balanced between literary and informational text genres. Within the Kindergarten to fifth grade band, the split between literary and informational text experiences should be balanced half and half. As students move into sixth through twelfth grades, a stronger emphasis is placed on informational text selections. Informational text traditionally incorporates the categories of literary non-fiction, history and science texts, science and technology texts, and multimedia.
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