Enduring Understandings and Overarching Essential Questions for Reading

  • KEY IDEAS AND DETAILS


    Common Core Anchor Reading Standards

    1. Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
    2. Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
    3. Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.

    K-8 Program Enduring Understandings

    • Readers support their conclusions (inferences and interpretations) by citing appropriate details within the text. 
    • Readers summarize key details and ideas. 
    • Readers construct meaning from texts.
    • Authors don't always say things directly or literally; sometimes they convey their ideas indirectly. 

    K-8 Program Overarching Essential Questions

    • How do readers use evidence from the text to support their understanding of what they read?
    • What is this text really about?
    • How do enduring themes develop across the text(s)?
    • How do events, characters, and ideas change within the text?

    CRAFT AND STRUCTURE


    Common Core Anchor Reading Standards

    1. Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
    2. Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text (e.g., a section, chapter, scene, or stanza) relate to each other and the whole. 
    3. Assess how point of view or purpose shapes the content and style of a text.

    K-8 Program Enduring Understandings

    • Authors choose words with intention. 
    • Readers consider an author's point of view or choice of narrator to better interpret and explain the text. 
    • Readers identify a text’s organizational structure to help analyze and comprehend the text. 

    K-8 Program Overarching Essential Questions

    • How and why do authors choose language and stylistic elements to convey meaning, and shape the tone of the text? 
    • How and why do authors use text structure (a section, chapter, scene, or stanza, information text structure) to enhance meaning?
    • How does point of view influence the author's message and reader's interpretation?
    • How does the type of text influence how I should read it? 

    INTEGRATION OF KNOWLEDGE AND IDEAS


    Common Core Anchor Reading Standards

    1. Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.
    2. Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, including the validity of the reasoning as well as the relevance and sufficiency of the evidence.
    3. Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take.

    K-8 Program Enduring Understandings

    • Readers use appropriate strategies to integrate and evaluate content that appears in a variety of media and contexts. 
    • Readers understand that an effective argument contains clear claims, logical reasoning, and supportive evidence. 
    • By comparing texts, readers often gain greater insight into those texts. 

    K-8 Program Overarching Essential Questions

    • How do readers use strategies to comprehend content in various formats?
    • How do readers evaluate a text?
    • How do readers find the information they need? 
    • How do readers identify credible sources?
    • How do readers evaluate an argument? 
    • What can readers learn by comparing two (or more) texts?

    RANGE OF READING AND LEVEL TEXT COMPLEXITY


    Common Core Anchor Reading Standards

    1.  Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.

    K-8 Program Enduring Understandings

    • Readers use strategies to construct meaning from texts.
    • Readers choose different strategies depending on the types of text they are reading.

    K-8 Program Overarching Essential Questions

    • What strategies can readers apply to understand complex texts?
    • How do readers determine the strategies they use for reading different types of text (literary and informational texts)?
    • How do readers know if their strategies are working?