Common Core Standards: ELA
ELA: KINDERGARTEN - GRADE 12
LITERACY: GRADES 6 - 12
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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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
- 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 Romeo and Juliet: What’s Up With the Ending?
- Teaching Sula: Interview a Character
- Teaching Sula: Write a Review
- Teaching Sula: Guess the Character
- Teaching The Aeneid: Now About that Ending…
- Teaching The Aeneid: Exploring Ekphrasis
- Teaching The Aeneid: Aeneas on Trial
- Teaching The Bluest Eye: Sweet Little Shirley Temple: The Bluest Eye and Hollywood
- Teaching The Bluest Eye: Fun With Dick and Jane?: Children's Books and The Bluest Eye
- Teaching The Bluest Eye: The Bluest Eye and Precious: Bringing Difficult Issues to Light
- Teaching The Canterbury Tales: General Prologue & Frame Story: Portrait of a Pilgrim
- Teaching The Canterbury Tales: General Prologue & Frame Story: Dueling Portraits: The Canterbury Pilgrims in Art
- Teaching The Canterbury Tales: General Prologue & Frame Story: Mapping the Travels of Knight and the Wife of Bath
- Teaching The Canterbury Tales: General Prologue & Frame Story: Chaucer Mini-Bites: Introducing Chaucer's Poetry
- Teaching The Canterbury Tales: The Miller's Tale: Analogues: Boccaccio's Decameron
- Teaching The Canterbury Tales: The Miller's Tale: Facebook in the Middle Ages
- Teaching The Canterbury Tales: The Wife of Bath's Prologue & Tale: Wife of Bath: The Continuing Story
- Teaching The Canterbury Tales: The Wife of Bath's Prologue & Tale: Judging the Knight
- Teaching The Canterbury Tales: The Wife of Bath's Prologue & Tale: Desperately Seeking Mr. Right (again)
- Teaching The Canterbury Tales: The Wife of Bath's Prologue & Tale: "Who Peyntede the Leoun, Tel Me, Who?": Chaucer's Opinion of the Wife
- Teaching The Cask of Amontillado: Buried Alive: Narrative Perspective in Poe's Story
- Teaching The Cask of Amontillado: Who...err, Why Dunnit?
- Teaching The Cask of Amontillado: Visual Reality
- Teaching The Catcher in the Rye: Can Teens Today Relate to Holden?
- Teaching The Catcher in the Rye: Judging a Book by its Cover
- Teaching The Crucible: Dear Abby: Character Advice Columns
- Teaching The Crucible: Closing Time
- The Diary of a Young Girl: Perspectives on a Tragedy
- Teaching The Grapes of Wrath: Haunted By the Ghost of Tom Joad: The Enduring Legacy of a Mythic Character
- Teaching The Grapes of Wrath: Images of the "Grape" Depression: A Picture or a Thousand Words?
- Teaching The Grapes of Wrath: The Grapes of Wrath Part Deux: What Happens in the Sequel?