A Teacher Created Program matched to Common Core.
THE READING SECTION - Matches the Common Core State Standards for Reading for Literature (RL) and Reading for Information (RI)
Although practice is provided in all areas of reading, emphasis is on evidential texts to accommodate the greater emphasis on the acquisition of knowledge, the natural curiosity of students, and many students’ relative inexperience in handling this type of text. Selections include:
• Nonfiction articles (biography, history, science, technology)
• Fiction selections (fable, historical fiction, mythology, poetry)
• Single stories and Paired stories (fiction and non-fiction) for comparison/contrast
Support for the Reading Selections: High Road to Common Core provides the support students need to successfully read and comprehend the text at hand.
Keys to Comprehension: Preceding each reading selection is a Keys to Comprehension page that provides helpful directions to focus students on the text.
As You Read: Questions at the bottom of each text page encourage students to self-monitor reading comprehension and vocabulary through a series of questions focused on specific aspects of the text.
Ask Yourself: At the beginning of each selection students are asked questions about the story they are going to read.
Recite: At the conclusion of each selection students are asked to orally state either the theme, plot, main idea, or summary of the article.
Tips: Preceding each set of Objective Questions are guides to help students in strategies to successfully answer multiple-choice items.
Check (at the conclusion of each set of Objective Questions): provides a brief means for students to recheck their work for completeness and accuracy.
The Objective Questions
Objective questions are designed to guide students in a careful and systematic examination of the text. Questions are text dependent and lead to an in-depth study of essential details and the drawing of logical conclusions from the evidence.
Objective questions in High Road to Common Core:
• follow a sequential pattern from literal to inferential
• provide practice in evaluation of the text/style
• explore the vocabulary of the text
• require students to return to specific paragraphs or sentences in the text
• require students to cite evidence from the text to support their answers
THE WRITING SECTION - Matches the Common Core State Standards for Writing Conventions and Organization (W) and Language (L)
High Road to Common Core provides instruction and ample practice in both Short Constructed-Response questions and Extended Constructed-Response questions. Each question requires students to demonstrate a clear understanding of the text and to present a response that is narrative, evidential/explanatory, or argument. As with the Objective Questions, the Short Constructed-Response and Extended Constructed-Response questions require students to:
• read inquisitively and carefully
• return to the text to gain greater insight
• cite evidence from the text to support their answers
• present well-developed ideas while demonstrating command of standard written English
Support for the Written Language Section
Keys to Comprehension: Preceding each reading selection is a Keys to Comprehension page that provides helpful directions to focus students on the text. Teachers may choose to use all or part of the skills on this page to meet the needs of their students.
Working with Paired Stories: (grades 4 and up) explores the purpose and skills associated with paired stories.
As You Read: Questions at the bottom of text pages encourage students to self-monitor reading comprehension and vocabulary through a series of questions focused on specific aspects of the text.
The Short Constructed-Response Question:
Answering the Short Constructed-Response Question: a step-by-step approach to effective responses.
Extended Constructed-Response Question:
Answering the Extended Constructed-Response Question: guides the structure of the Extended
Organize Your Extended Constructed-Response: suggests common mistakes to avoid.
Prewriting Graphic Organizer: assists with note taking.
Perfecting Your Skills: provides specific skill instruction and practice for students to upgrade their rough draft.
Revise and Edit: checklist is specific to each assignment.