Common Core Spotlight
Our Favorite Common Core Activity for September
Making Connections Between Fiction and Informational Texts
You’ve probably heard the buzz about the Common Core standards’ emphasis on connecting fiction and informational texts. Well, we’re starting the year off with two exciting texts that will give your students practice making these important connections.
“The Space Rock,” by Roland Smith, is a poignant short story about a meteorite that changes the life of a family living on a struggling farm. “Space Attack,” by Justin O’Neill, is a thrilling informational text about the asteroid that exploded over Russia earlier this year. Together, these texts will challenge your students to compare how authors of nonfiction and fiction approach the same topic (Anchor Standard R9). Students will explore the themes and central ideas of each text (Anchor Standard R2), examine how the two authors use similar literary techniques (Anchor Standard R4), and evaluate how purpose shapes the content and style of the two texts (Anchor R6). See why we love this pairing?
Your students will:
- read and discuss a short story and an informational text with our Close-Reading and Critical-Thinking Questions, which require students to use text evidence and make inferences
- explore the theme of “The Space Rock” with our Understanding Theme activity
- compare and contrast how meteorites are portrayed in the two texts, using our Compare Two Texts activity
- complete a performance task that requires them to demonstrate their deep understanding of both texts
Common Core ELA Anchor Standards this activity supports:
R1, R2, R3, R4, R5, R9, R10, W2, W4, W9, SL1, L4, L6
More Common Core Resources
To learn how the rest of your September 2013 issue supports the Common Core State Standards, see pages T-2 and T-3 of your Teacher’s Guide, or click here.
To learn more about how Scope supports the Common Core, click here.
Have a question or a comment about this activity? E-mail Editor Kristin Lewis at KELewis@scholastic.com.