Big6™ Skills Aligned with Common Core Standards

Standards describe what students should know and be able to do. The Big6™ Skills is an information problem-solving process that can help students achieve educational standards by giving them strategies to accomplish the “able to do” part of the definition of standards.

Big6™ Skill

College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Writing

Reading Standards for Informational Text
(grade 6)

Applied to History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects
(grades 6-8)

Standards for Mathematical Practice

1. Task Definition

7. Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.

   

1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them:
... plan a solution pathway

4. Model with mathematics:
... apply mathematics to solve problems arising in everyday life

2. Information Seeking Strategies

8. Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, assess the credibility and accuracy of each source, …

6. Determine an author's point of view or purpose in a text and explain how it is conveyed in the text.

8. Trace and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, distinguishing claims that are supported by reasons and evidence from claims that are not.

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). H/SS

8. Distinguish among fact, opinion, and reasoned judgment in a text. H/SS

8. Distinguish among facts, reasoned judgment based on research findings, and speculation in a text. S/TS

1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them:
... use concrete objects or pictures to help conceptualize and solve a problem

3. Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others:
...distinguish correct logic or reasoning from that which is flawed



3. Location and Access

8. Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources,

2. Write informative/explanatory texts … through the effective selection … of content.
   

5. Use appropriate tools strategically:
... identify relevant external resources

4. Use of Information

2. Write informative/explanatory texts … through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.

8. Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources ... and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism .

2. Determine a central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.

4. Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings.

 

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. H/SS

2. Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; provide an accurate summary of the text distinct from prior knowledge or opinions. S/TS

2. Reason abstractly and quantitatively:
... create a coherent representation of the problem at hand

5. Use appropriate tools strategically:
... make sound decisions about when tools might be helpful
... use technological tools

5. Synthesis

1. Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.

2. Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.

4. Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

9. Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

1. Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

7. Integrate information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words to develop a coherent understanding of a topic or issue.

 

1. Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources. H/SS

7. Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts. H/SS

7. Integrate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text with a version of that information expressed visually (e.g., in a flowchart, diagram, model, graph, or table). S/TS

9. Compare and contrast the information gained from experiments, simulations, video, ormultimedia sources with that gained from reading a text on the same topic. S/TS

1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them:
... explain correspondences between equations, verbal descriptions, tables, and graphs

3. Construct viable arguments:
... justify conclusions

6. Attend to precision:
... communicate precisely to others

6. Evaluation

5. Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.

10. Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.
   

1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them:
... monitor and evaluate progress

8. Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning:
... continually evaluate the reasonableness of their immediate results

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“Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects” <http://corestandards.org/assets/CCSSI_ELA%20Standards.pdf>
"Common Core State Standards for Mathematics" <http://corestandards.org/assets/CCSSI_Math%20Standards.pdf>

Compiled by Janet Murray, October, 2011