This packet includes a sampling of graphic organizers and activities that focus on Common Core Reading Literature Anchor 2. This anchor requires students to determine the central message or theme of a text and to analyze the development of that theme and to summarize the text. The anchor is then wisely broken down into "baby steps" for each grade level, beginning with kindergarten. The organization of the standards in this way helps educators not only to better understand the expectations of each standard, but also assists in differentiating assignments for students with varying needs and abilities. A first grade student reading on a third grade level may be encouraged to complete the third grade graphic organizer instead of the first grade one. This student would still be working on the same skill, determining the central message or theme, but at a deeper level than a typical first grader. This packet includes something for each elementary grade, Kindergarten through grade 5.
The intent of this resource is to support educators as they strive to understand Common Core Anchor RL.2, and as a result, strengthen their instructional practices. Becoming literate is more important now than ever before. Students leaving school today without strong literacy skills will have a difficult time competing for quality jobs. Knowing this fact, Common Core State Standards place a strong emphasis on reading complex texts with a high level of comprehension to strengthen students’ literacy development. Even very young children are asked to analyze stories, note important details, and compare texts, authors, and themes. Since the responsibility for interpreting and effectively implementing these standards rests on the shoulders of teachers and administrators, it is crucial that educators understand them the way they are ntended to be interpreted. These standards can help to provide a context in which students are invited to become lifelong readers and lead rich, literate lives.