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Common Core State Standards Initiative: English Language Arts-History/Social Studies (2013)

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3rd GRADE: English Language Arts Standards: Reading Informational Text
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.1 Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers. Each Chester Comix title has a headline over each page that is in the form of a question. Teachers Guides for these titles have extensive practice exercises for students to seek the text as the basis for answers. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.2 Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea. Each Chester Comix Teachers Guide has a reproducible Details Umbrella page for students to answer the main idea of a story.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.3 Describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect. All Chester Comix discuss sequence and cause/effect in telling historical events (and relating them to scientific advance when applicable).
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.4 Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 3 topic or subject area. Each Chester Comix Teachers Guide has story vocabulary defined for each story.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.6 Distinguish their own point of view from that of the author of a text. Elementary readers have an easy point-of-reference to compare their own point-of-view to the comix text: the narrator Chester the Crab.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.7 Use information gained from illustrations (e.g., maps, photographs) and the words in a text to demonstrate understanding of the text (e.g., where, when, why, and how key events occur). Every page of every Chester Comix book is about integrating visual and textual information to understand meaning.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.10 By the end of the year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grades 2–3 text complexity band independently and proficiently. The reading level of Chester Comix is 4th-5th grade, so becoming proficient in reading Chester Comix for meaning would help a student read "at the high end of grades 2-3 text complexity."
4th Grade
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.1 Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text. Chester Comix stories are full of details to draw meaning from, and the very structure of comic book narrative promotes inference (the gutters between each panel demand that a reader infer the action that occurs between what is shown in each panel; without a reader's inference, the story does not move forward.)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.2 Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text. Each Chester Comix Teachers Guide has a reproducible Details Umbrella page for students to answer the main idea of a story.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.3 Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text. All Chester Comix discuss sequence and cause/effect in telling historical events (and relating them to scientific advance when applicable).
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.4 Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words or phrases in a text relevant to a grade 4 topic or subject area. Each Chester Comix Teachers Guide has story vocabulary defined for each story, with an emphasis on the grade topic or subject area vocabulary. Most of those vocaulary words are in bold when they appear in the text of the Chester Comix story.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.7 Interpret information presented visually, orally, or quantitatively (e.g., in charts, graphs, diagrams, time lines, animations, or interactive elements on Web pages) and explain how the information contributes to an understanding of the text in which it appears. Chester Comix stories use visuals, timelines and diagrams to deliver information. Students working the activities in each Teachers Guide get practice in interpreting that information from the stories.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.10 By the end of year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, in the grades 4–5 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range. The reading level of Chester Comix is 4th-5th grade, so becoming proficient in reading Chester Comix for meaning would help a student read in the grades 4-5 text complexity.
5th GRADE
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.1 Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text. The very structure of comic book narrative promotes inference (the gutters between each panel demand that a reader infer the action that occurs between what is shown in each panel; without a reader's inference, the story does not move forward.)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.2 Determine two or more main ideas of a text and explain how they are supported by key details; summarize the text. Each Chester Comix Teachers Guide has a reproducible Details Umbrella page for students to answer the main idea of a story and the details that support the main idea.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.3 Explain the relationships or interactions between two or more individuals, events, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text based on specific information in the text. All Chester Comix use sequence to relate individuals, events, ideas and concepts in the telling of historical events (and relating them to scientific advance when applicable).
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.4 Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 5 topic or subject area. Each Chester Comix Teachers Guide has story vocabulary defined for each story, with an emphasis on the grade topic or subject area vocabulary. Most of those vocaulary words are in bold when they appear in the text of the Chester Comix story.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.10 By the end of the year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grades 4–5 text complexity band independently and proficiently. The reading level of Chester Comix is 4th-5th grade, so becoming proficient in reading Chester Comix for meaning would help a student read in the grades 4-5 text complexity.
6th-8th GRADE: English Language Arts Standards: History/Social Studies
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.2 Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions. Each Chester Comix has a headline on each page to ask students to find the central idea of that page of information. Each Teachers Guide has a reproducible Details Umbrella page for students to answer the main idea of a story and the details that support the main idea.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.3 Identify key steps in a text’s description of a process related to history/social studies (e.g., how a bill becomes law, how interest rates are raised or lowered). All Chester Comix use sequence to relate individuals, events, ideas and concepts in the telling of historical events (and relating them to scientific advance when applicable).
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies. Each Chester Comix Teachers Guide has story vocabulary defined for each story, with an emphasis on the grade topic or subject area vocabulary. Most of those vocaulary words are in bold when they appear in the text of the Chester Comix story.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.5 Describe how a text presents information (e.g., sequentially, comparatively, causally).  Chester Comix presents historical stories and information in all three relationships: sequentially, comparatively, causally. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.6 Identify aspects of a text that reveal an author’s point of view or purpose (e.g., loaded language, inclusion or avoidance of particular facts). Readers have an easy point-of-reference to compare their own point-of-view to the author's point-of-view: the narrator Chester the Crab voices the author's viewpoint.
9th-10th GRADE: English Language Arts Standards: History/Social Studies
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.9-10.2 Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop over the course of the text. All Chester Comix use sequence to relate individuals, events, ideas and concepts in the telling of historical events. The very format of comix -- the sequence of blocks of visual/text information -- gives readers an easy structure to follow the development of key events and ideas.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.9-10.3 Analyze in detail a series of events described in a text; determine whether earlier events caused later ones or simply preceded them.  Each Chester Comix emphasizes cause/effect and has a headline on each page to ask students to find the central idea of that page of information. Each Teachers Guide has a reproducible Details Umbrella page for students to answer the main idea of a story and the details that support the main idea.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.9-10.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary describing political, social, or economic aspects of history/social science. Each Chester Comix Teachers Guide has story vocabulary defined for each story, with an emphasis on the grade topic or subject area vocabulary. Most of those vocaulary words are in bold when they appear in the text of the Chester Comix story.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.9-10.5 Analyze how a text uses structure to emphasize key points or advance an explanation or analysis. In the comix art form, the use of structure to emphasize key points or analysis is visually self-evident: larger pictures frame key ideas; text with color and enlarged size conveys importance.

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