Common Core Corner


Last week I posed a couple of questions about the Common Core standard CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.1 Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts. The first question was What is this standard asking of a student? My response would be that students would need to identify evidence within their science textual resources that would assist them in mastering the focus of the science benchmark, concept, or essential question they are studying. Remember that these science textual resources can also be hands-on labs, activities, digital simulations, and videos as well as print text. My second question was How does Techbook support this standard? There are many different avenues within Science Techbook that supports this standard but my favorite are the Scientific Explanation templates in K-5, 6-8, and High School courses. These templates are located within the Explain tab of each concept or can be found by doing a keyword search for Scientific Explanation. This template is designed to assist students in identifying and citing evidence for an essential question, developing a scientific claim about the evidence, and then tying the claim and evidence together into a robust scientific explanation. Other resources in Techbook that can be used for this standard include the Model Lesson, Concept Assignments, Mythbusters, and Science Sleuths. Check back next week as we delve into the next Common Core standard CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.2 Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; provide an accurate summary of the text distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.