Common Core Standards: Grade 7 Reading Literature and Informational Texts - dummies

Common Core Standards: Grade 7 Reading Literature and Informational Texts

By Jared Myracle

Reading becomes increasingly more difficult as students move up in grade level. That’s why, for Common Core Standards success, reading at home is so very important. Here is an overview for Grade 7.

In Grade 7, students begin citing multiple pieces of textual evidence to support their conclusions based on what is read or inferred from literature or informational texts. They’re also expected to identify how an idea evolves within a piece of writing, along with summarizing what they’ve read without interjecting their own opinion.

This underscores the emphasis on textual evidence throughout the reading and writing standards.

They also examine how parts of a story (such as characters, setting, and conflict) influence each other.

As they read various forms of literature, students study the use of alliteration in poetry and look into how the organization of a text impacts its meaning. As they become more analytic readers, students recognize similarities and differences between the points of view of various characters in literatures, and of various authors when reading informational texts.

When listening to and/or viewing an audio or visual representation of a text, students dissect the impact of certain elements such as sound effects, lighting, and camera angles on the presentation and meaning of the original piece of text. Students find similarities and differences between fictional and historically accurate descriptions of the same time period in literature.

When reading informational texts, students examine the method of organizing and presenting information used by different authors who wrote about the same thing.