CCSS R9 Comparing Ideas and Author's Choices

By on April 20, 2014

This week, LiteracyTA has analyzed College and Career Anchor standard R9. 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 R9
This week, we are focusing on R9. 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 Standard R9 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
analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge...
compare the approaches the authors take

Compare and Contrast Graphic Organizer

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

Common Core Standard R9 - Diagram

The College and Career Anchor Standard R9 asks students to compare how two or more texts treat a topic or theme. When doing this analysis, students will want to ask questions like...

  • What type of text I'm I reading? What is the genre? What do I know about this genre?
  • Why did the author chose this genre?
  • How do the ideas in one text compare to the ideas in another?
  • What choices has the author made in the text? How do these choices compare to what other authors have done with this topic?
  • Are the ideas in one text similar or dissimilar to ideas in another on the same topic?
  • How do the two authors I have read communicate the same theme but in different ways?

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 R9, 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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