Sunday, January 13, 2013

Textual Evidence and Common Core...

As  we all know the Common Core is upon us! For some districts and schools this has been a slow process, for many others you have already started to grab the bull by it's horns. I will admit that for my school we have been a little behind the times and I am still finding my way!

So for the duration of the school year I am making it my business to align EVERYTHING I do to the CCSS as to further build my familiarity! Painstaking task? Of course! But, I'm hoping by next school year I feel more fully integrated and on top of things as they relate to the standards!

While 'aligning' last week I was rummaging around in my closet and found this book; The Reading Detective (a1) by the Critical Thinking Co.! I have had this book for years, BUT when I pulled it out this time it had NEW meaning (don't you just love those moments). The book which asks comprehension questions for various passages also asks students to locate the paragraph or sentence where they found their answer! I love it because it gets the children thinking about finding SOLID evidence to support their claims!

I think I'm going to craft a little mini unit on being a Reading Detective... Could be fun for the kids and REALLY helpful in continuing to hammer home the idea of SUPPORTING what they say with textual evidence!

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4.1 Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.8 Explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.2 Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.

(not the greatest, but it is a START)

1 comment:

  1. I love this! That is exactly why I keep resources forever...haha! I have my students go back and underline where they found an answer (or clues that could lead you to infer the answer) on most multiple choice questions. They write the letter of the question in the margin. I haven't come across a book like this where it says to do so in the directions!
    Fourth Grade Flipper