Common Core Standards: ELA
Standard 3: Analyze how the author unfolds an analysis or series of ideas or events, including the order in which the points are made, how they are introduced and developed, and the connections that are drawn between them.
Breakin’ it Down:
Students must be able to follow the author’s logic, no matter how many twists and turns the text takes. This standard is about mapping out the author’s main arguments or points.
(This standard is very, very similar to Standard 5, so you can probably smoosh these together as you teach them.)
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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
- 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
- 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 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 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 Lottery Teacher Pass
- The Metamorphosis 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
- 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. HATCHLING: Text mapping
Teaching the art of outlining a text is a great way to approach this standard. Have your students slow down and analyze each small section of a longer work. For each section or paragraph, have students write a one-sentence summary before they move on. It will help them master the standard, and also help you pinpoint the exact point where they misunderstood what they were reading.
2. TAKE FLIGHT: Put the pieces together
Turn this standard into a game of logic! Take a non-fiction text and remove topic sentences or main idea statements from different sections of the reading. Ask students to put the sentences back in their correct places based on the details and clues in the rest of the text.
This is also fun if you can find a technical text with subheadings. Remove the subheadings and challenge students to put them back as quickly as possible. You’ll be training them to pay closer attention to text structure and subtle details of writing.
Quiz QuestionsHere's an example of a quiz that could be used to test this standard.
- Teaching The Scarlet Letter: A 21st Century Take on a 17th Century Scandal
- Teaching The Scarlet Letter: Hester Prynne "In Character"
- The Story of an Hour: One Hour Literary Analysis
- Teaching The Tell-Tale Heart: CSI: Under the Floorboards
- Teaching The Tell-Tale Heart: Stuck in Medias Res with You
- Teaching The Tell-Tale Heart: Law and Disorder: Poe and the Insanity Defense
- Teaching Their Eyes Were Watching God: Animating Janie
- 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: We Need a Montage!
- Teaching To Kill a Mockingbird: Time to Let Mockingbird Fly?
- Teaching To Kill a Mockingbird: A Dream Deferred
- Teaching Twilight: "The Cullen Cars"
- Teaching Twilight: Midnight Sun: Edward’s Version of Twilight
- Teaching Wide Sargasso Sea: Hollywood Needs Your Help! Make a Movie of Wide Sargasso Sea
- Teaching Wide Sargasso Sea: There are Two Hundred Sides to Every Story
- Teaching Wuthering Heights: Timing is Everything
- Teaching Wuthering Heights: Isn't It Byronic?
- Teaching Wuthering Heights: Remix Time on the Moors
- Catch-22: Waiting for Yossarian: Bureaucracy in Catch-22 and in Schools
- Catch-22: Oops, I Satirized It Again
- Catch-22: Achilles’ Heel: Antiheroes in Catch-22 and the Iliad
- Teaching Death of a Salesman: It's Just an Expressionism
- Teaching Death of a Salesman: Selling the American Dream
- Teaching Julius Caesar: John Wilkes Booth: An "American Brutus"?
- Teaching Julius Caesar: Adaptation: From Plutarch's Biography to Shakespeare's Play
- Kaffir Boy: To Ban or Not to Ban?
- Kaffir Boy: Personal Narratives About Race