Making Common Core Standards Achievable

Making Common Core State Standards
Achievable
for ALL Learners

As a teacher of students with learning disabilities, CCSS can seem overwhelming and unachievable for our students.  However, the format of the standards can work to our advantage to modify curriculum and help our students meet those standards.

Below is the eighth grade Reading Informational standard under the cross grade level concept of KEY IDEAS AND DETAIL

Key Ideas and Details:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.8.1

Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysisof what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.8.2

Determine a central idea of a text and analyzeits development over the course of the text, including its relationship to supporting ideas; provide an objective summary of the text.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.8.3

Analyzehow a text makes connections among and distinctions between individuals, ideas, or events (e.g., through comparisons, analogies, or categories).

Key Ideas and Details: 8th grade
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.8.1
Key Ideas and Details: 6th grade
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.6.1
Key Ideas and Details: 4th grade
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.4.1
Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysisof what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text. 

So for a student that has difficulty with the process necessary to analyze, we can use the information in the 4th grade standard to modify (i.e. explain rather than analyze).

We can then bridge the 4th grade and 6th grade standards, by intentionally teaching the skills necessary to analyze: break down the information and find connections to other information. Thisstrategy for modification can be used with all standards.

I have found, as an RSP teacher, that students can achieve CCSS; however, educators must familiarize themselves with the format and then modify/scaffold as necessary to ensure success.

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