Common Core Standards: ELA
ELA: KINDERGARTEN - GRADE 12
LITERACY: GRADES 6 - 12
Standard 7: Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words in order to address a question or solve a problem.
Breakin’ it Down:
This standard is the final stepping-stone to writing college reports or literature reviews. It is extremely important that students have practice synthesizing multiple sources into one common theme or thesis, while noting where authors agree and disagree with one another.
NOTE: Assignments that cover this standard are also a great way to test whether or not students can properly cite information using APA or MLA citation conventions.
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Teaching Guides Using this Standard
- 1984 Teacher Pass
- A Raisin in the Sun Teacher Pass
- A Rose For Emily Teacher Pass
- A View from the Bridge 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
- Heart of Darkness Teacher Pass
- Julius Caesar Teacher Pass
- King Lear Teacher Pass
- Lord of the Flies Teacher Pass
- Macbeth Teacher Pass
- Moby Dick Teacher Pass
- Narrative of Frederick Douglass Teacher Pass
- Oedipus the King Teacher Pass
- Of Mice and Men Teacher Pass
- One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Teacher Pass
- Othello Teacher Pass
- Romeo and Juliet Teacher Pass
- Sula 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 Miller's Tale 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 Metamorphosis Teacher Pass
- The Old Man and the Sea Teacher Pass
- The Scarlet Letter Teacher Pass
- The Tell-Tale Heart 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: Literature-Based Research Writing
Although this is a reading standard, it can be tested at an advanced level with a writing assignment that allows students to synthesize multiple sources on a topic or question. If this seems a little out of place in your literature-intensive curriculum, pick a theme or topic that relates to the literature your class is reading. Researching the historical context or historical perspectives of an issue in conjunction with a fictional work can add extraordinary depth to the understanding of an author’s message.
2. COLLEGIATE: Senior Project or Honors Thesis
Many schools require students to complete a comprehensive writing assignment before graduation. If your school is not one of those, the incorporation of these standards can be a great opportunity to start the tradition! This standard naturally aligns to extensive writing assignments. But the part of this standard that is usually skipped is that of requiring students to interpret non-textual resources like graphs, data tables, and surveys. If possible, include this skill in your criteria for the writing assignment.
Quiz QuestionsHere's an example of a quiz that could be used to test this standard.
- Teaching Romeo and Juliet: What’s Up With the Ending?
- Teaching Romeo and Juliet: Using Music Lyrics to Explore Themes, Imagery, and Symbolism
- Teaching Romeo and Juliet: The Verona Free Press
- Teaching Sula: Interview a Character
- Teaching Sula: Write a Review
- Teaching Sula: Guess the Character
- Teaching To Kill a Mockingbird: Atticus Finch, Number One Dad
- Teaching Twilight: Judging a Book by its Cover
- Teaching Wide Sargasso Sea: Hollywood Needs Your Help! Make a Movie of Wide Sargasso Sea
- Teaching Wuthering Heights: Remix Time on the Moors
- Teaching Their Eyes Were Watching God: Anthropology 101
- Teaching Their Eyes Were Watching God: Getting Readers Hooked on Hurston
- Teaching Things Fall Apart: Things May Fall Apart, but Art Connects
- Teaching Things Fall Apart: Tradition! Tradition! What Do You Hold Onto When Things Fall Apart?
- Teaching Things Fall Apart: Ibo Art and Culture in Things Fall Apart
- Teaching To Kill a Mockingbird: Emmett Till & Tom Robinson
- Teaching To Kill a Mockingbird: We Need a Montage!
- Teaching Fahrenheit 451: Burn, Baby, Burn: Censorship 101
- Teaching Fences: Singing the Blues
- 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: Graphic Expectations: Interpreting Dickensian Imagery Through Art
- Teaching Hamlet: Inspired by “Hamlet Goes to the Supreme Court”
- Teaching Hamlet: John Everett Millais’s painting "Ophelia" (1851–1852)
- Teaching Heart of Darkness: Orson Welles Did It, and So Can You
- Teaching Heart of Darkness: Apocalypse of the Heart? Darkness Now?
- Teaching Julius Caesar: 7 Notorious Backstabs Since the Ides of March
- Teaching Julius Caesar: John Wilkes Booth: An "American Brutus"?
- Teaching Julius Caesar: Drawing Inspiration from Julius Caesar to Create Original Artwork
- Teaching King Lear: Telling the Story of King Lear Through Art
- Teaching King Lear: What Would King James I Think of King Lear?
- Teaching King Lear: What's Up With the Ending?
- Teaching Life of Pi: Cast Away