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Relationship between reading and writing standards

Jan 19, 2013 3:02pm

I have heard that the reading and writing anchor standards when viewed side-by-side have the same structure because they are directly related to one another. Although sometimes I can easily see a relationship between an anchor standard in reading and the one directly across from it in writing, it doesn't seem this is always the case. Could anyone comment on your understanding of this relationship and whether it was intentionally built in?

  • English Language Arts
  • Common Core


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    • Feb 18, 2013 6:42pm


      I have never heard that the anchor standards were built to align to one another, but I can definitely see how there is a connection between the two because they are both based on the higher order thinking skills necessary to be successful in college and/or a student's chosen career. I was researching the standards and the only mention of alignment was, "As specified by CCSSO and NGA, the Standards are (1) research and evidence based, (2) aligned with college and work expectations, (3) rigorous, and (4) internationally benchmarked." Based on that, it doesn't look like the alignment was intentionally built in. I would hope that if it was, they would present them side-by-side more often.

      • Feb 27, 2013 2:29pm

        I agree with Katie. I have not heard of such alignment. The value I see in the CCR anchor standards are the 10,000 feet view they offer. There have been several times, in each of the four strands, when I've sort of shaken my head and wondered about the vertical alignment. But taking a step back and rereading the anchor standard did help me to see connections and the process of growth across the standards.