Examining Common Core Anchor Standard W9

By on October 6, 2014

Last fall, we broke down the Common Core Anchor Standards for Reading. We had a good time learning about the standards and helping teachers all over the country implement them with confidence. Our work on the standards was well received, so we will shift our focus this fall to the Common Core Anchor Standards for Writing.

Each week, we will examine one College and Career Anchor standard for writing. 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.

W9
This week, we are focusing on W9. 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
draw  evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research. 

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

From our analysis, College and Career Anchor Standard W9 asks students to support ideas with evidence from written and spoken texts. 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 W9, 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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Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
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