Common Core State Standards (CCSS) is an education initiative used to define the skills and knowledge students need to master in grades pre-K through 12th grade. By 2014, forty-five states, the District of Columbia, four territories and the Department of Defense Education adopted CCSS. It’s impact, whether viewed as positive or negative, is far-reaching and long-term.
According to CCSS, the Key Points in Writing Standards are:
- The ability to write logical arguments based on substantive claims, sound reasoning, and relevant evidence is a cornerstone of the writing standards, with opinion writing—a basic form of argument—extending down into the earliest grades.
- Research—both short, focused projects (such as those commonly required in the workplace) and longer term in-depth research —is emphasized throughout the standards but most prominently in the writing strand since a written analysis and presentation of findings is so often critical.
- Annotated samples of student writing accompany the standards and help establish adequate performance levels in writing arguments, informational/explanatory texts, and narratives in the various grades.
Because CCSS places a heavy emphasis on expository, persuasive and argumentative texts, students have few opportunities to write creatively on topics of their choice. Narrative text assignments are frequently driven by dry prompts and tight perimeters which fail to meet the needs of the creative writer. Some schools supplement instruction by offering special writing activities, elective classes or after-school writing clubs.
Where does “Kids are writers” fit in?
I developed “Kids are writers” to support young writers who desire to write creatively outside of school, free from the confines of standards and rubrics. While we place our emphasis on creativity, most activities presented will meet Common Core Standards.
For more information on specific Common Core Writing Standards:
Main website- http://www.corestandards.org
Grades 9-10: http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/W/9-10
Grades 11- 12: http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/W/11-12