Unpacking Common Core Standards

For teachers in Florida, the 2014-15 school year is the inaugural launching of the standardized standards, and thankfully there are many states who are much farther ahead than us and have provided many useful resources.  I currently have been diving deeper and deeper into the North Carolina Live Binder.

In addition to this, I have been selected to attend  a series of conferences that address the “How” and “Why” of transitioning from current state standards to the Common Core.  This past Tuesday, the focus was unpacking standards.  The idea is to become familiarized with what the Common Core really expects of our students.  The exercise that we practiced with two of the 6th grade ELA standards was to identify the nouns (concepts) and verbs (skills) within each standard.


Standard:  CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.9 Compare and contrast texts in different forms or genres (e.g., stories and poems; historical novels and fantasy stories) in terms of their approaches to similar themes and topics.

Pink = Skills

Green = Concepts


It was a helpful exercise and at the very least it forced us to really read the new standards.

I am taking this a step further and creating my own chart which includes the CCSS standard for 11th and 12th grade ELA, the Skills, Concepts, AND Product/Assessment/Resources for each.

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I am using this great Bloom’s Taxonomy Verb Chart to help me fill in the Product/Assessment/Resource column:



I am hoping to have the entire set of 11th and 12th grade standards before we get trick-or-treaters at our front door.


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