What is Common Core: Writing to Texts?
How can teachers successfully prepare their students for the new text-based writing assessments? Common Core: Writing to Texts titles meets all the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for writing. The series provides rubrics with differentiated instruction to help every student achieve on-grade-level competency in writing.
The series contains six grade-specific titles for Grades 1-6 and can be used in mainstream classrooms, resource rooms, pull-out intervention settings, after-school programs, and at home.
Why is Common Core: Writing to Texts unique?
There are no other grade-specific teacher resource books that cover Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts with a focus on reading complex texts and responding in writing to those texts.
This requirement is a major change to previous state standard requirements, and teachers, parents, and students will need ample support to achieve on-grade-level success.
What are the features and benefits of
Common Core: Writing to Texts?
F: Instant mini-lessons for each category of CCSS required writing.
B: Ready-made lessons teach students how to analyze writing prompts, plan writing, and evaluate student writing models.
F: Practice passages that fall within the CCSS required grade-level text complexity bands.
B: Students learn how to read and analyze passages similar to what will appear on formal Common Core assessments.
F: Text-dependent writing prompts follow each practice passage or paired passages.
B: 60+ opportunities to practice writing Opinion/Argument, Informative/Explanatory, and Narrative texts required by CCSS.
F: Graphic organizers and student writing checklists customized for each specific writing type.
B: Help students plan, evaluate, and revise each form of CCSS-required writing.
F: Includes comprehensive rubrics with differentiated instruction.
B: Evaluate students’ writing with easy-to-use If…Then directives that show how to tailor passages and prompts for students of all levels.
What is included in
Common Core: Writing to Texts?
Each book in this series has over 120+ pages of differentiated instruction to ensure all students meet CCSS. Included in each book are:
- Instant genre mini-lessons
- Reading passages at 3 levels
- Narrative, informational, and opinion texts
- Text-dependent questions
- Graphic organizers and student writing checklists for each writing type
Common Core State Standards?
The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are an initiative by states to establish shared, consistent, and clear expectations of what students are expected to learn. The standards are meant to help teachers and parents know what they need to do to help students.
The CCSS are designed to be rigorous and pertinent to the real world. They reflect the knowledge and skills that young people will eventually need for success in college and in the workforce.
What do the Common Core State Standards say specifically about writing to texts?
One of the most important instructional shifts in the Common Core State Standards has been in writing to texts, or sources. How has this changed over the years?
In the past, standardized assessments used reading texts as a springboard to writing. The required writing might not be dependent on key ideas and details from the assigned text. For instance, a prompt could lead students to write their responses based only on prior knowledge or experience. Students could conceivably complete the writing without any ideas, information, and key vocabulary from the text or without reading the text at all.
But today the Common Core State Standards require students to analyze, clarify, and cite information they read in the text. Students need to perform a close reading in order to elicit ideas, information, and key vocabulary from the text as well as develop their own evidence-based inferences and conclusions. These are all skills that prepare them for continued academic success, college, the workplace, and real-world applications in their adult daily lives.
What is the goal of the CCSS?
The goal of the CCSS is to facilitate the following student competencies. Students should:
- Demonstrate independence.
- Build strong content knowledge.
- Respond to the varying demands of audience, task, purpose, and discipline.
- Comprehend as well as critique.
- Value evidence.
- Use technology and digital media strategically and capably.
- Come to understand other perspectives and cultures.
What does the CCSS mean for you?
If your state has joined the Common Core State Standards Initiative, you must incorporate these standards into lesson plans. Your students may need targeted practice in order to meet grade-level standards and expectations, and thereby be promoted to the next grade.
To see if your state has joined the initiative, visit CoreStandards.org.