Common Core Standards: Grades 6-8 Reading Comprehension in History/Social Studies - dummies

Common Core Standards: Grades 6-8 Reading Comprehension in History/Social Studies

By Jared Myracle

The Common Core Standards require that students be able to read the complex texts in Social Studies courses. In Grades 6-8, students dive into reading these complex texts, including primary and secondary sources, and analyzing various aspects of texts, such as vocabulary, the organization of information within a text, and the use of pictures and images.

Keep these skills in mind as you get a handle on the standards in this grade band:

  • Use facts, details, and other evidence in summaries and analyses of texts.

  • Identify the main idea(s) or theme(s) of a text.

  • Describe an event or procedure after reading a text (such as how the number of electoral votes for each state is determined).

  • Recognize how an author’s point of view is communicated.

  • Tell the difference between a fact and an opinion.

Although this is just a portion of the skills and concepts addressed in Grades 6-8, they are a good place to start. The best way to support your child in mastering these standards is to put them to practice. Pick out some interesting reading materials for history or other social studies subjects (such as geography or government) and let your child practice one skill at a time when reading.

You don’t want to overwhelm them or take all the fun out of reading interesting materials, so don’t try to do too much at one time.

Students encounter vocabulary words in many of the texts they read. It’s important for them to understand what these words mean so they can comprehend and remember as much of what they read as possible. Keep track of important words by making a list or set of flashcards. Also encourage your child to find the meaning of unfamiliar words when he is reading rather than simply skipping over them.