Common Core Standards: ELA
Standard 10: By the end of grade 9, read and comprehend literary nonfiction in the grades 9–10 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range. By the end of grade 10, read and comprehend literary nonfiction at the high end of the grades 9–10 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
Breakin’ it Down:
This standard doesn’t mean much unless you have example texts for each complexity level -- and categorizing texts isn’t an exact science. But in the next section, English scholars have compiled a list of texts that you can use as guides when picking your own class readings.
Below are examples of text categories that can help students master the above 9 informational reading standards. Try to pull a wide variety of texts like:
- personal essays
- opinion pieces/ journalism pieces
- essays about art or literature
- biographies/ memoirs
- historical, scientific, technical, or economic accounts (including digital sources) written for a broad audience
Remember: The purpose of this standard is to make sure that students are reading appropriate texts for their grade so that when they get to the advanced English classes, they are ready for the challenging readings they will encounter.
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Using this Standard
- 1984 Teacher Pass
- Narrative of Frederick Douglass Teacher Pass
- Oedipus the King Teacher Pass
- Of Mice and Men Teacher Pass
- Othello Teacher Pass
- The As I Lay Dying Teacher Pass
- The Bluest Eye Teacher Pass
- The Crucible Teacher Pass
- The Iliad Teacher Pass
- The Lottery Teacher Pass
- The Odyssey Teacher Pass
- The Old Man and the Sea Teacher Pass
- The Scarlet Letter Teacher Pass
- The Tell-Tale Heart Teacher Pass
Teacher Feature: Ideas for the classroom
By the end of 10th grade, students should be able to read and answer questions about these texts, or similar texts, without much support from you.
Examples of Informational Texts for 9th-10th grade:
- “Speech to the Second Virginia Convention” by Patrick Henry (1775)
- “Farewell Address” by George Washington (1796)
- “Gettysburg Address” by Abraham Lincoln (1863)
- “State of the Union Address” by Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1941)
- “Letter from Birmingham Jail” by Martin Luther King, Jr. (1964)
- “Hope, Despair and Memory” by Elie Wiesel (1997)
Quiz QuestionsHere's an example of a quiz that could be used to test this standard.
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