Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Topic: Reading Standards, K-5.

10-second review: Explicit meaning. Inferences. Textual evidence. Main ideas or themes. Supporting details. Interpret  words and phrases. Technical, connotative and figurative meanings. Structure of texts. Point of view. Purpose. Information in diverse ways. Compare modes. Reasoning, rhetoric. Two or texts on same topic. Authors’ different approaches. Fluency. Concentration. Monitor comprehension. Reread.

Title: “CCSSI (Common Core State Standards Initiative) for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies and Science.” March 10, 2010, p. 7. You will find the standards at

. Determine what the text says explicitly
. Make logical inferences
. Cite specific textural evidence to support conclusions
.Determine central ideas or themes
. Summarize key supporting details and ideas
. Interpret words and phrases
. Determine technical, connotative and figurative meanings
. Determine how specific word choices shape meaning or tone
. Analyze structure of texts
. Assess how point of view or purpose shapes the content and style of the text
. Present information in diverse ways, e.g., through words, images, graphs and videos
. Compare modes of presentation
. Evaluate the reasoning and rhetoric within the text
. Assess whether the evidence is relevant and sufficient to support the text’s claims
. Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics
. Compare the approaches two different authors take
. Read complex texts independently and fluently
. Sustain concentration
. Monitor comprehension
. Determine when it is useful to reread

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