CCSS R5 Analyzing Text Structure

By on December 23, 2013

This week, LiteracyTA has analyzed College and Career Anchor standard R5.

The purpose of analyzing the Common Core literacy standards is to distill them down to a workable list of skills that classroom teachers can teach. Our process can empower teachers with a practical way to break down additional state and local standards/learning outcomes.

Common Core Anchor Standard R3
This week, we are focusing on R5. Since this is the anchor standard, it is the same for both fiction and non-fiction texts.

Marking the Standard

To break down a standard, start with the Marking a Text analytical reading skill. Circle the directive verbs in the standard and underlined what those verbs say our students need to know and do.  

Breaking the Standard into Skills

Once we have isolated the key literacy skills that make up the standard, we can organize them in a simple three column table.

Directive Verb What students need to do Literacy Skills in Skill Library
analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions fo the text (e.g., a section, chapter, scene, or stanza) relate to each other and the whole.

 Here is another way to visually represent the key literacy skills in the standard.

The College and Career Anchor Standard R5 asks students to identify text features and analyze how ideas connect and build within a text. Analyzing text structure is an important deep reading skill that can help students speak and write about texts in sophisticated ways. The questions in the diagram provide only a sample of the kinds of questions we can ask our students about various structures authors use to construct meaning. We hope that when we break the standard into manageable parts, it becomes easier to understand and teach.

Common Core Tools

To learn more about teaching standard R5, go to our Common Core Reading section. You can also use our Skill-Based Lesson Planner to plan a lesson that explicitly teaches this standard.

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Literacy Standards In Action

We've mapped our literacy lessons and reading, speaking, and writing skills to state standards, Common Core, and NGSS. The standards are "the what" to teach. Our lessons are "the how" to meet the expectations defined by the standards. Click on the links below to view our quick reference table that maps standards to literacy lessons.

R5
Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and large portions of the text relate to each other and the whole.
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