Examining Common Core Anchor Standard W8

By on December 16, 2014

This week, we are breaking down College and Career Readiness Anchor standard W8. We are focusing on the anchor standards because all content area and grade level standards for literacy are "anchored" to these main objective standards.

The purpose of 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 W8. 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
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Here is another way to visually represent the key literacy skills in the standard.

From our analysis, College and Career Anchor Standard W8 asks students to identify and evaluate multiple print and digital sources and incorporate those sources into the flow of ideas. When practicing standard W8, students learn how to directly quote and/or paraphrase ideas from sources. 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 W8, go to our Common Core Writing 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.

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