Monday, May 13, 2013

Having Fun with Common Core: Supporting Points

The main idea of CCSS ELA Reading Informational Text #8 is encouraging kids to notice how authors support their points. While it’s true that writers can state and support their points in a wide variety of ways, one popular strategy in nonfiction picture books is to state it directly on the first spread and then support it with a different example on subsequent spreads.


Integration of Knowledge & Ideas #8

Kindergarten

Grade 1

Grade 2

With prompting and support, identify the reasons an author gives to support points in a text.

Identify the reasons an author gives to support points in a text.

Describe how reasons support specific points the author makes in a text.

Grade 3

Grade 4

Grade 5

Describe the logical connection between particular sentences and paragraphs in a text (e.g., comparison, cause/effect, first/second/third in a sequence).

Explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text.

Explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text, identifying which reasons and evidence support which point(s).

For grades K, you can get kids started with a fun, easy book: Move! by Steve Jenkins & Robin Page.
For grades 1 and 2 try:
A Rainbow of Animals by Melissa Stewart


An Egg is Quiet by Dianna Hutts Aston (illus. Sylvia Long)

A Seed is Sleepy by Dianna Hutts Aston (illus. Sylvia Long)

A Butterfly is Patient by Dianna Hutts Aston (illus. Sylvia Long)


For grade 3, good choices include:

Never Smile at a Monkey by Steve Jenkins & Robin Page
Wings by Sneed Collard


For grades 4-5, I recommend:

Bird Talk by Lita Judge

Born to Be Giants by Lita Judge

How Many Ways Can You Catch a Fly? By Steve Jenkins

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