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How can I evaluate what I am reading?
Learn to use your analysis of a text’s content and form to evaluate the text.

Time To Complete 

4-6 hours

Common Core Standards 

  • CCRA.R.1
  • CCRA.R.10

I Can Statements 

  • I can:
    • Use textual evidence, my understanding of a text, and clear criteria to make a reasoned evaluation of a text    
  • I will know my evaluation of a text is of high quality when it:
    • Is grounded in textual evidence and provides considered reasoning for the evaluation

Suggestions for Assessing Student Readiness to Move Forward:

  • Confer with students, asking them to share their evaluations and explain the criteria they used as the basis for the evaluation.
  • Ask students to self-evaluate their work after completing one of the activities below. 


Possible Activities 
  1. Model reading aloud texts of various quality.  As you read, stop occasionally to think aloud about aspects of the form and/or content of the text, and to make evaluations based on these features.  Make sure your evaluations are specific and closely reference the text (e.g., “The characters in this book have feelings and thoughts that I can relate to, and they have both admirable and negative qualities. As a result, I think this author has created very realistic characters.”)

  2. Students should practice evaluating texts. 

  3. After several days of practice and once they have achieved mastery, students should annotate their chosen text with an evaluation

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