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My colleague and I have our differences in regards to teaching common core 6.5 -

Apr 24, 2014 6:40am

The standard reads: "Integrate information presented in different media and formats (e.g. visually, quantitatively) as well as in words to develop a coherent understanding of a topic or issue." Any ideas? I'm having a difficult time finding resources/lesson plans for this particular standard. We want our students to write a 5 paragraph essay about a topic related to the civil rights. How specific do we want our students to get? What's the best way to assess this standard? What exactly is the goal of this standard?

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    • May 3, 2014 12:48pm

      The verbs and nouns are jumping out at me: integrate info from multiple formats (video, text, audio clips, interviews, primary sources, etc). I don't think the standard prescribes an essay so long as the students are able to bring all of the material together and demonstrate understanding that is well organized and logical, as stated in other comments. Also, well developed questions are essential from the onset - what are the children trying to prove? Do they need to acknowledge different perspectives? Does your school have a good librarian who is adept at teaching information literacy skills? Reading the strand standards in the grade level below and above yours may also help you see where the kids have been and are going.

      • May 3, 2014 3:45pm

        Our district is doing the SBAC field test and the performance task was related to this standard, I believe. Before taking the test, there was an in-class activity to generate interest and background knowledge about the broad topic. Then Students have to read a couple of articles, listen to an audio presentations,and take notes , and answer 3-4 questions in Part 1. Then in Part 2, they had different writing assignments, from informational article, an essay, and a narrative. All required using information from the different sources. The topics they had to read about all fit under the broad topic, but there were about 5 different sets of non-fiction/informational sources.

        • May 3, 2014 6:35pm

          Check out Engage NY or ELA guidebook 6-12 @ There are sample tasks that may help you develop a task. You can also access Illinois Department of Ed's literacy strategies document and it will give suggestions for reading strategies to help teach and assess the standards in ELA.

          • May 3, 2014 9:02am

            I believe the purpose is to be able to prove a point from multiple texts, much like any collegiate level paper or business report. I like Katie's idea above of including the videos and asking for a minimum of two texts. Can two different sources communicate the same idea? That's the skill I see used in industry everywhere.

            • May 3, 2014 9:05am

              Look at what is being assessed first. Then you will see where they are going. The goal(s) are in the assessments. Or, they better be!

              • May 3, 2014 5:19pm

                I believe that this standard means to bundle resources on one particular topic in order to get in-depth information and comprehension of the topic.For example, I would use teacher tube ,video clips as well as magazine articles and research from Internet. To show understanding of the topic I think students can use a PowerPoint presentation, a photo journal, or an essay.

                • May 4, 2014 8:40am

                  Thanks for this extensive idea to meet the standard. My team and I too struggle with interpretation of the standards, especially if we can see multiple, credible resources for 'what it looks like'. I appreciate your honesty with the word 'topic', since in my district it is a bit 'voodoo' since we should be focusing on the concepts, which is true, but somewhere we have to attach the concepts to resources/topics. Our team have pulled a variety of songs for students to read first, listen to the song and read an article based on the author's message/reasons for creating the song, for example, Eric Clapton's tragic death of a his child. I have encouraged my team to bundle text: Chief Joseph's speech, primary sources around the interaction among two diverse groups, and then have students present in a poem, song, journal or choice the impacts that caused change from the conflicts (CONCEPTS we focus on).