Examining Common Core Anchor Standard R1

By on November 11, 2013

Each week, LiteracyTA will examine one College and Career Anchor standard. We are focusing on the anchor standards because they are the same for all content areas and grade levels.

The purpose of this work is to distill the Common Core standards down to a workable list of skills that classroom teachers can teach. We also want to empower teachers by giving them a process that they can use to break down additional state and local standards/learning outcomes.

This week, we are focusing on R1. 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
read closely for main ideas
infer ideas from the text
cite textual evidence to support conclusions

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

From our analysis, it is clear that College and Career Anchor Standard R1 asks students to engage in a number of cognitive and high-level literacy skills, but when we break the standard into manageable parts, it becomes easier to understand and teach.

Common Core Tools

To learn more about teaching standard R1, 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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Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; and cite specific evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
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