Common Core Standards: Grades 9-10 Reading Literature and Informational Texts
The Common Core Standards require a more rigorous approach to reading literature and informational texts. In Grades 9-10, students use extensive textual evidence and specific details to describe what they’ve read and examine the evolution of the main ideas, the role of complex characters or individuals, and other significant components that contribute to the meaning of a text.
Building on the understanding of types of vocabulary learned in previous grades, students look into the effect of word choice on how a text is understood and perceived. They continue to examine the influence of a text’s structure on its meaning, along with how a writer uses time, including flashbacks and flash-forwards, to evoke certain emotions.
In their reading, students encounter perspectives from different countries and cultures in world literature. Students also take a look into how an author’s point of view impacts what and how he or she writes about certain topics.
They also explore and consider how a specific topic or scene is depicted in different art forms, such as the portrayal of a specific part of the Bible in a drama or of one of William Shakespeare’s plays in a painting.
When students read informational texts, they place more emphasis on the presentation of information in various formats, such as graphical representations or the use of numbers and statistics. Students also look into how an author uses a specific source in his or her writing. When using more than one informational text, students pay attention to how different texts approach the same or related themes.