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What should I know about the argumentative reading standard?

In today’s information-rich world, it’s important for readers to go beyond consuming nonfiction text. They need to learn to critically read opinion-based informational text. This includes learning to identify an author’s perspective, analyze his reasons and evidence, and ultimately evaluate the strength of the argument.

These critical reading expectations are embedded in the argumentative reading standard which can be found at every grade level and in every collection of academic standards. (For example, CCSS RI 8 and Indiana RN 4.1.) This is the standard that asks primary kids to identify the reasons an author gives to support his points and older readers to trace and evaluate an author’s argument.

When attacking this standard, regardless of the grade level, start by identifying the three facets of any opinion-based text.

Duration: 5:07 | Grades K-12