COMMON CORE BASIS:
The Common Core Standards require students to write open-ended responses to a text passage or multiple text passages in which they develop a claim and support their claim with evidence beginning in 6th grade for both the Common Core ELA and Writing in History, Science, and Technology standards (W.6.1 and WHST.6-8.1). In informational writing, students are to make claims based on what they see in the text and support an analysis of what is there with evidence from the text. For argumentative writing, students are to make claims, cite evidence from multiple texts, and infuse their own interpretations of the topic(s) covered by the text(s).
LESSON USE AND PREPARATION: This resource is more a series of guidelines and strategies that teachers can use to help students understand and meet the Common Core State Standards expectations for argumentative writing. The format of this resource is much like our "Common Core: Teaching wth Tough Texts," which is available for free on TPT. The strategies are appropriate for both informational texts and literature.
Lesson Implementation: Teachers following these strategies and guidelines should not attempt to tackle all of the aspects of tough text reading at once. Rather, select and sequence the strategies to build students ability to tackle tough texts. Eventually, the reading strategies included in this lesson should become reading habits that students transfer into their own independent reading practices.