CCSS R6 Assessing Point of View and Purpose

By on January 6, 2014

This week, LiteracyTA has analyzed College and Career Anchor standard R6.

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 R5
This week, we are focusing on R6. 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
assess how point of view or purpose shapes the content and style of a text

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

The College and Career Anchor Standard R6 asks students to identify and analyze an author's point of view and purpose for writing. The reading skills outlined in the table above will help your students meet this standard. The questions in the diagram provide only a sample of the kinds of questions we can ask our students about an author's point of view and purpose. Use the questions in the diagram and the questions below to help students identify and analyze an author's point of view. 

  • What is motivating the author to write?
  • What is his/her beliefs and attitudes toward the subject?
  • Does the author express other viewpoints in the text? How are those views communicated? Are they represented fairly?
  • What does the author do to advance his/her point of view? What choices does he/she make? Are his/her choices effective?
  • Is the argument convincing? Does the author use effective techniques to communicate ideas? Use examples from the text to support your ideas.

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 R6, 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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