Common Core Spotlight

Our favorite Common Core activity in this issue!

Teaching Complex Texts (With Scaffolded Support!)

The Common Core State Standards require that students engage deeply with rigorous texts of high complexity. That’s why we’re so excited about this issue’s challenging cover story, “This Is a Face of War,” which gives students a chance to do just that!

This gripping piece of narrative nonfiction, about an Afghanistan war veteran recovering from devastating burns, is demanding. It addresses sophisticated topics, contains challenging structures, and introduces content-area vocabulary. Plus, we’ve packaged it with two amazing (and thematically linked) texts in different genres: a poem and a short profile. The three pieces work together beautifully for a text-evidence lesson on the themes of sacrifice and healing.

It’s the kind of nonfiction story we love—powerful writing that rewards close reading. To ensure all students can get the most out of it, we’ve created two versions of our featured activity on text evidence: one with more scaffolding than the other. We’ve also created two activities for vocabulary words that appear in the article. Don’t miss these wonderful resources, along with all the other activities we’ve created to support this inspiring story.

Your students will:

Common Core ELA Anchor Standards this activity supports:
R1, R2, R3, R4, R5, R7, R9, R10, W2, W4, W9, SL1, SL2, SL4, L3, L4, L6

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

More Common Core Resources:
To learn how the rest of the November 12, 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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