September 2, 2014

The Core of the Common Core, Part 2: The Anchor Standards for Writing

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Once again, we tackle the job of synthesizing the standards to increase our fluency as we think and talk about them. Today we try to label the core of the anchor standards for writing. Again, while distilling the standards down to a few words is an interesting exercise, we don’t intend these standards “lite” to replace the work of reading the complete standards closely.

Text Types and Purposes
1. Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
The “Support Claims” Standard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
The “Convey Complex Ideas” Standard

 

3. Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.
The “Tell Good Stories” Standard

 

Production and distribution of Writing

4. Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
The “Clear and Coherent” Standard

 

5. Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.
The “Writing Process” Standard

 

6. Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others.
The “21st Century Writing” Standard

 

7. Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
The “Research to Understand” Standard

 

8. Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, assess the credibility and accuracy of each source, and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism.
The “Information” Standard

 

9. Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
The “Draw Evidence” Standard

 

Range of Writing
10. Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.
The “Write Routinely” Standard

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post that will summarize the speaking and listening standards.

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