Common Core Spotlight

Our favorite Common Core activity in this issue!

The Common Core Anchor Standard for Reading 6 requires students to “assess how point of view or purpose shapes the content and style of a text.” We’re thrilled at how this issue’s paired texts offer students the opportunity to do just that with not one, but two texts! The essay “Does Fame Drive You Nuts?” by Justin O’Neill and the poem “Nobody” by Emily Dickinson each provide a take on what it’s like to be relentlessly in the public eye. Neither O’Neill nor Dickinson seems to think it’s too peachy. But it’s up to students to determine how the authors convey this point of view and how that view affects the tone and content of their work. Admittedly, this task isn’t easy! That’s why we’ve also created a fabulous activity sheet to guide students to analyze word choice, determine tone, and consider what information is included or excluded. We’re confident that you’ll love the results, though you may never have another dream about walking the red carpet ever again.

Your students will:

  • determine the central ideas in an article and a poem
  • determine point of view and how it affects the authors’ work
  • complete our Author’s Point of View activity sheet, which will help students analyze word choice, tone, and content
  • cite specific text evidence to respond to our writing prompt, which is carefully designed to support Common Core objectives

Common Core ELA Anchor Standards this activity supports:
R1, R2, R3, R4, R6, R9, W2, W4, W9, SL1, SL4, L4, L5, L6

Find additional activity sheets supporting the Paired Texts on our Quizzes and Activities page.

More Common Core Resources:
To learn how the rest of the October 22, 2012, issue supports the Common Core State Standards, see pages T2–T3 of your Teacher’s Edition, or click here.

To learn more about how Scope aligns with the Common Core and to explore our awesome collection of Common Core resources, click here.

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