Common Core Standards: ELA
Standard 6: Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text in which the rhetoric is particularly effective, analyzing how style and content contribute to the power, persuasiveness, or beauty of the text.
Breakin’ it Down:
This standard asks students to figure out the author’s point of view or purpose for writing the text. In many informational texts, the author directly discusses his or her opinion on the topic and gives plenty of evidence to back it up. But occasionally, when the text is especially tough, students might have to scour the text for critical or judgmental words to discern the author’s attitude.
Sometimes, the author presents a balanced or neutral point of view that may be harder for students to identify. This standard may be especially difficult with regard to scientific texts that present point of view only through their interpretation of data or evidence.
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Using this Standard
- 1984 Teacher Pass
- A Rose For Emily Teacher Pass
- Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Teacher Pass
- Animal Farm Teacher Pass
- Antigone Teacher Pass
- Beowulf Teacher Pass
- Brave New World Teacher Pass
- Death of a Salesman Teacher Pass
- Fahrenheit 451 Teacher Pass
- Fences Teacher Pass
- Frankenstein Teacher Pass
- Grapes Of Wrath Teacher Pass
- Great Expectations Teacher Pass
- Hamlet Teacher Pass
- Julius Caesar Teacher Pass
- King Lear Teacher Pass
- Lord of the Flies Teacher Pass
- Narrative of Frederick Douglass Teacher Pass
- Of Mice and Men Teacher Pass
- Romeo and Juliet Teacher Pass
- The Aeneid Teacher Pass
- The As I Lay Dying Teacher Pass
- The Bluest Eye Teacher Pass
- The Canterbury Tales General Prologue Teacher Pass
- The Canterbury Tales: The Wife of Bath's Prologue Teacher Pass
- The Cask of Amontillado Teacher Pass
- The Catch-22 Teacher Pass
- The Catcher in the Rye Teacher Pass
- The Crucible Teacher Pass
- The Great Gatsby Teacher Pass
- The House on Mango Street Teacher Pass
- The Iliad Teacher Pass
- The Lottery Teacher Pass
- The Metamorphosis Teacher Pass
- The Odyssey Teacher Pass
- The Old Man and the Sea Teacher Pass
- Their Eyes Were Watching God Teacher Pass
- Things Fall Apart Teacher Pass
- To Kill a Mockingbird Teacher Pass
- Twilight Teacher Pass
- Wide Sargasso Sea Teacher Pass
- Wuthering Heights Teacher Pass
Teacher Feature: Ideas for the classroom
1. UNDERSTUDY: Word Wars
Get out those highlighters! As students are reading informational texts, have them highlight words and phrases that indicate judgment or opinion. Then have students use their lists to determine the overall message or tone of the piece.
Note: The nuances of tone can be hard to describe. It may be helpful to review those tone word lists that are suggested by AP exams and other college entrance tests.
2. COLLEGIATE: Messin’ with History
Give students a historical text that is highly judgmental or opinionated (maybe a document on the removal of Native Americans, or a justification for slavery in the colonies.) Have students black out the most opinionated words and phrases and change the wording. Analyze how the substitutions might have changed the message of the piece or even the course of history!
Quiz QuestionsHere's an example of a quiz that could be used to test this standard.
- Teaching Beowulf: Speaking Beowulf
- Teaching Beowulf: Anglo-Saxon Word Hunt
- Teaching Beowulf: Adapting Beowulf
- Teaching Brave New World: Aldous Huxley: Oracle or Alarmist?
- Catch-22: Waiting for Yossarian: Bureaucracy in Catch-22 and in Schools
- Catch-22: Achilles’ Heel: Antiheroes in Catch-22 and the Iliad
- Teaching Death of a Salesman: Selling the American Dream
- Teaching A Rose for Emily: Write an Epitaph
- Teaching A Rose for Emily: Dramatizing "A Rose for Emily"
- Teaching The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Is Mark Twain is the Original Jon Stewart?
- Teaching The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: The N-Word
- Teaching The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Huck Finn vs. Video Games
- Teaching Animal Farm: Don't Wanna Be Your Beast of Burden: Animal Farm Music
- Teaching Antigone: The First Three Letters of Funeral
- As I Lay Dying: Your Mother’s a Fish: Faulkner and Modernist Art
- As I Lay Dying: Telling a Story from All Sides: Experimenting with Multiple-Perspective Narration
- Teaching 1984: This Is Why I Write
- Teaching 1984: It's Not Over Until the Fat Lady Sings
- A Clockwork Orange: It's Living, It's breathing, It's Language!
- Teaching A Farewell to Arms: If Hemingway Edited Hawthorne
- Teaching A Farewell to Arms: Hemingway and ... Yiyun Li?
- Teaching Fahrenheit 451: Burn, Baby, Burn: Censorship 101
- Teaching Fahrenheit 451: Internet Censorship
- Teaching Fences: Singing the Blues
- Teaching Fences: Write an Omitted Scene and a Critical Review
- Teaching Fences: Making a Collage – Bearden Style
- Teaching Frankenstein: Playing with Fire: Frankenstein as Modern Prometheus
- Teaching Frankenstein: Screenplay with a Twist
- Teaching Frankenstein: Breaking News: Stormy Weather Puts the Science Back in Fiction
- Teaching Great Expectations: Somebody, Help Me End This Novel! Create Your Own Ending
- Teaching Great Expectations: Graphic Expectations: Interpreting Dickensian Imagery Through Art
- Teaching Hamlet: Inspired by “Hamlet Goes to the Supreme Court”
- Teaching Heart of Darkness: Is there Darkness at the Heart of John Powell’s “Rhapsodie Negre”?
- Teaching The Lottery: Monstrous Acts
- Teaching The Metamorphosis: Turn and Face the Strange: Transforming The Metamorphosis