Common Core Standards: ELA
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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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.
- Cyrano de Bergerac: Romanticism: What's Love Got To Do With It?
- Teaching Death of a Salesman: It's Just an Expressionism
- Teaching Death of a Salesman: Selling the American Dream
- Teaching A View from the Bridge: Playbill
- Teaching The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Is Mark Twain is the Original Jon Stewart?
- Teaching Animal Farm: Don't Wanna Be Your Beast of Burden: Animal Farm Music
- Teaching Antigone: On the Hunt for Civil Disobedience
- Teaching Antigone: The First Three Letters of Funeral
- As I Lay Dying: Dysfunction Junction: Somebody, Help These Bundrens!
- Teaching Beowulf: Adapting Beowulf
- Teaching Brave New World: Our Ford, Who art in ... Detroit?
- Catch-22: Waiting for Yossarian: Bureaucracy in Catch-22 and in Schools
- Catch-22: Oops, I Satirized It Again
- A Clockwork Orange: It's Living, It's breathing, It's Language!
- Teaching A Farewell to Arms: Touring the Novel
- Teaching A Raisin in the Sun: Dream Collage
- Teaching A Raisin in the Sun: Costume Design
- Teaching A Raisin in the Sun: Newsletter
- Teaching A Rose for Emily: Comparing Song to Text
- Teaching A Rose for Emily: Put Miss Emily On Trial
- Teaching A Rose for Emily: Dramatizing "A Rose for Emily"
- A Separate Peace: Real History in Made-Up Devon
- Teaching Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: Poetry Inspired by Douglass’s Narrative
- Teaching Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: What Would Douglass Say Today?
- Night: Virtual Field Trip
- Night: Tragedy Times Two
- Night: Survivors Unite
- Teaching Oedipus the King: Music Video
- Teaching Of Mice and Men: Becoming Slim (or Curley, or Candy, or Lennie, or George, or Crooks, or ...)
- Teaching Of Mice and Men: New American Dream
- On the Road: Who you calling a Beatnik?
- Teaching One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest: "Like a cartoon world": Psychedelic Cartoons from the Psych Ward
- Teaching One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest: Law and Order in the Cuckoo’s Nest
- Teaching One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest: 19th Nervous Breakdown: Music, Poetry, or Fiction Inspired by Cuckoo’s Nest
- Teaching Othello: Othello Rap