Common Core - Literacy
The Common Core State Standards, in literacy, provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy.
View the grade 6 - 12 literacy standards in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects.
View the literacy standards directly from the ELA common core for science, grades 6 - 12.
There is no common core in science. Click here to explore the Michigan Science Standards.
There is much in the literature about the importance of reading in science, not just pronouncing or decoding words but comprehending informational text. Unlike what students might see in a reading or English class, science resources are not usually written in a story-telling style. Science text often uses headings, subheadings, abstracts, summaries, sidebars, footnotes, specialized vocabulary, and graphics. Students may not realize reading science text can be a slower process than reading a novel or story, and rereading a section is appropriate and even encouraged. Likewise, writing in science is usually purposeful and informative. Get involved in the conversation in the NSTA Blog Community on the topic of Science and Literacy. Please join the conversation.
evaluating science media/publishing
- NSTA Resource: Climbing the Pyramid
- Pyramid Activity Board
- Pyramid Activity Cards
- Pyramid Activity Cards - 1 page letter
- Pyramid Activity Cards
California has developed a professional learning module on science and literacy. The module explores how educators can incorporate literacy strategies of the Common Core into the science classroom. There are classroom videos of various grades implementing the practices as well as a self guided process for the module. Additionally there is a facilitators guide to do this module as a workshop. Read more about it.
Science Informational Text with assessment for grades K-8 The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium
(Smarter Balanced) has developed an interconnected system of initial achievement level descriptors (ALDs) for CCSS English language arts/literacy and mathematics.
Strategy Guides highlight some of the most powerful instructional strategies. Each Strategy Guide provides a description of one of these strategies, an overview of how to teach the strategy with many science texts, and a specific plan for teaching the strategy with a Seeds of Science/Roots of Reading book.