Academic standards list

Grades 6 - 8 — English Language Arts & Literacy

Introduction

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Reading in History/Social Studies

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH
 
Key Ideas and Details
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior
Identify key steps in a text's description of a process related to history/social studies (e.g., how a bill becomes law, how interest rates are
 
Craft and Structure
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.
Describe how a text presents information (e.g., sequentially, comparatively, causally).
 
Identify aspects of a text that reveal an author's point of view or purpose (e.g., loaded language, inclusion or avoidance of particular facts).
Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.
Distinguish among fact, opinion, and reasoned judgment in a text.
 
Analyze the relationship between a primary and secondary source on the same topic.
 
Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity
By the end of grade 8, read and comprehend history/social studies texts in the grades 6-8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
 

Reading in Science & Technical Subjects

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST
 
Key Ideas and Details
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts.
Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; provide an accurate summary of the text distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
Follow precisely a multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks.
 
Craft and Structure
Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical
Analyze the structure an author uses to organize a text, including how the major sections contribute to the whole and to an understanding of the
 
Analyze the author's purpose in providing an explanation, describing a procedure, or discussing an experiment in a text.
Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
Integrate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text with a version of that information expressed visually (e.g., in a
Distinguish among facts, reasoned judgment based on research findings, and speculation in a text.
Compare and contrast the information gained from experiments, simulations, video, or multimedia sources with that gained from reading a text on
Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity
By the end of grade 8, read and comprehend science/technical texts in the grades 6-8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
 

Writing in History/Social Studies, Science, & Technical Subjects

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.WHST
 
Text Types and Purposes
Write arguments focused on discipline-specific content.
     There are 5 components within this standard.
Write informative/explanatory texts, including the narration of historical events, scientific procedures/ experiments, or technical processes.
     There are 6 components within this standard.
(See note; not applicable as a separate requirement)
 
Production and Distribution of Writing
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
With some guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or
 
Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and present the relationships between information and ideas clearly and
 
Research to Build and Present Knowledge
Conduct short research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question), drawing on several sources and generating additional
Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, using search terms effectively; assess the credibility and accuracy of each
 
Draw evidence from informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
Range of Writing
Write routinely over extended time frames (time for reflection and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a
 
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