Common Core Standards: Grade 6 Reading Literature and Informational Texts - dummies

Common Core Standards: Grade 6 Reading Literature and Informational Texts

By Jared Myracle

As students progress through school, there are increased expectations in Common Core Standards for reading skills and reading materials. That’s why it’s vital that you do everything possible to support your child as he works to master the standards in each grade.

In Grade 6, students focus on citing evidence to back up conclusions, inferences, and ideas formed about the main point(s) communicated by a text. The standards emphasize a degree of fidelity to the text, as students must separate their own opinions from what is explicitly stated in a piece of text regarding the plot, themes, and characters involved.

In informational text, this includes relying on the details provided about specific events and individuals.

Students continue to work with complex vocabulary, such as figurative language (similes and metaphors, for example) and words that draw meaning from connotation. Words with connotative meanings evoke ideas or feelings beyond their textbook definitions. For example, the word debt is generally accompanied by negative feelings and thus can have a negative connotation.

In Grade 6, students also examine other aspects of the structure of texts, including the organizational structure in which details are presented and the development of the narrator’s or author’s point of view.

They also examine the similarities and differences between the experience of reading a text and listening to and/or watching it be read, along with how a theme is presented in different genres of writing. Students also determine whether specific arguments are backed up with sufficient support in informational texts.

The skills in the grade-by-grade progression for anchor standard eight in the reading standards are only used with informational texts, not with literature. Standard eight deals with specific claims, arguments, and evidence presented in texts.