CCSS R8 Assessing Point of View and Purpose

By on April 14, 2014

This week, LiteracyTA has analyzed College and Career Anchor standard R8. 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 R8. 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.  

Common Core R8 Marked

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
delineate (identify and explain) the argument and specific claims in a text, including the validity of the reasoning as well as the relevance and sufficiency of the evidence.
evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, including the validity of the reasoning as well as the relevance and sufficiency of the evidence.

Evaluating Evidence


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

Assessing Point of View

The College and Career Anchor Standard R8 asks students to identify, analyze, and evaluate arguments. Students are expected to carefully read or listen to an argument and identify a speaker/writer's central claim and supporting evidence. After students develop this skill, they are expected to analyze and evaluate the claims and evidence. To prepare for this type of reading, students need multiple opportunities to read, speak, and write about arguments. Learn more about the Common Core argument standards and how to best prepare students for this type of reading and writing task. The reading skills outlined in the table above will help your students meet this standard. 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 R8, 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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Mr. LeMaster Mr. LeMaster 4/28/2014

You're welcome. Be sure to view our whole series on analyzing Common Core's reading standards. Click on "Common Core" in the top navigation bar and click "Reading" in the sub navigation. Then, under each standard you can click "Break it down."

Keep your comments coming. We appreciate your feedback.

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