Get Started with Common Core Standards and Skills

By on April 20, 2014

Our Skill Library offers over 60 skills to help students read, speak, and write about a wide range of texts. We have many options to help students improve their academic literacy skills. Sometimes classroom teachers need a little help getting started with the skills in our Library. This post provides some simple lists of skills educators can use to get started with Common Core standards and skill-based instruction.  

This first table offers six classroom tested skills that help students comprehend and analyze texts. 

Purpose Reading Comprehension Skills Reading Analysis
Get them focused Writing in the Margins
RI1, RI4
Get them talking Read 1, Speak 2, Write 3
RI1, RI2, SL1, SL6

Investigative Reading
RI1, RI2, RI3, SL1, SL6

Activiate creativity Visual Summary
RI1, RI2

Argument Poster
RI1, RI8, W9, SL1, SL6

Here is another way of looking at our skills. We have identified 5 practical skills for reading and writing. You can use this list of skills to get started with Common Core standards and skill-based instruction. This is a list of skills you can count on all year.

Reading Skills Writing Skills
  1. Pause and Predict

  2. Writing in the Margins

  3. Analyzing Visuals

  4. Marking a Text

  5. Analyzing Text Structure


We have developed a Skill Instruction Pacing Guide to support you as you implement Common Core standards and skill-based instruction. Our pacing guide explicitly calls out effective skill instruction practices that will help students learn and master reading, speaking, and writing skills.

Classroom teachers, departments, and professional teams can use our pacing guide to develop curriculum units and common teaching practices. The goal of our Skill Instruction Pacing Guide is to create predictable skill routines that promote self-directed learners who develop the ability to strategically and independently apply skill knowledge.

Join the conversation and let us know how you are using our skills and Common Core tools and resources.

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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.

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.
Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.
Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and communicative tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.
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