Is Amplify Close Reading aligned to the Common Core standards?

The practice of close reading lies at the heart of the Common Core standards for English Language Arts. Instruction in close reading enables students to become attuned to the essential elements of authentic texts: from key ideas and claims to specific details and evidence; from the effects of single words to those of larger textual structures; from the significance of individual texts to the interrelated meanings of entire corpora. These are precisely the skill areas addressed by the Common Core.

The Common Core’s focus on close reading is reflected in the text-dependent questions that populate Common Core-aligned assessments of ELA proficiency. Text-dependent questions address students' understanding of:

  • vocabulary

  • syntax and structure

  • literary and argumentative devices

  • themes and central ideas

Through its instruction and practice, Amplify Close Reading gives students the essential skills and confidence they need to address text-dependent questions and to meet the corresponding standards.

Additionally, each book of The Last Readers emphasizes at least one Common Core reading anchor standard, associated with each of the ELA standards strands:

  • Book 1: KID 1 / C&S 4 / IKI 8

  • Book 2: KID 1, 2, 3 / C&S 4, 5, 6 / IKI 8

  • Book 3: KID 1, 2, 3 / C&S 4, 5, 6 / IKI 6, 7, 8

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