Students are experiencing a shift in every grade from narrative reading and writing to evidence-based reading, writing, and argumentation. This white paper reviews current thinking on this topic and provides sample activities for helping students acquire these key skills.
Thanks to the Common Core, an increased emphasis on developing higher-order or critical-thinking skills is occurring to prepare students for K-12 success as well as in higher education and employment. How to help students use these skills to analyze and synthesize information from online articles, primary sources, images, and videos is the subject of this practical white paper. A research overview and cross-disciplinary activities for grades K-12 are also included.