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ORCA Video Examples of Reading to Synthesize Information on the Internet

Reading to Synthesize tasks (4 items) require students to integrate (across multiple claims within one website) and intertextually (across multiple websites) in their own words, take a position on the issues involved, and use evidence from multiple online sources to support their thinking.

 

CCSS

  • RI 7.2 Key Idea and Details: Determine two or more central ideas and analyze their development over course of text; provide an objective summary of the text.
  • RI 7.4 Craft and Structure: Determine meaning of words and phrases as used in text including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze impact of specific word choice on meaning & tone
  • RI 7.8 Integration of Knowledge and Ideas: Trace and evaluate argument and specific claims in a text, assessing whether reasoning is sound and evidence is relevant and sufficient to support the claims
  • RI/RSTS 7.10 Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity: By the end of the year, read and comprehend non-fiction in grades 6-8 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding needed at the high end of the range
  • RSTS 7.1 Key Ideas and Details: Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts.
  • RSTS 7.2 Key Ideas and Details: Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; provide an accurate summary of the text distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
  • W/WHST 7.1a Text Types and Purposes: Write arguments focused on discipline-specific content that introduces claim(s) about a topic, acknowledges and distinguish claim(s) from alternate or opposing claims, and organize the reasons and evidence logically.
  • W/WHST 7.2 Text Types and Purposes: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content
  • W/WHST 7.4 Production and Distribution of Writing: Produce clear and coherent writing in which development, organization, and style are appropriate to the task, purpose, and audience
  • W/WHST 7.6 Production and Distribution of Writing: Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing, and present the relationship between information and ideas clearly and efficiently.
  • W/WHST 7.7 Research To Build and Present Knowledge: Conduct short research projects to answer a question, drawing on several sources and generating additional related, focused questions that allow for multiple avenues of exploration.  
  • W/WHST 7.8 Research To Build and Present Knowledge: Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, using search terms effectively, assess credibility and accuracy of sources, and quote or paraphrase data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and citing appropriately
  • W/WHST 7.9 Research To Build and Present Knowledge: Draw evidence from informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
  • W/WHST 7.10 Range of Writing: Write routinely over extended time frames (time for reflection and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.

 

Synthesis Skills Demonstrated By Higher Performing Readers

SYNTHESIZE 1: Summarize information from one website

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SYNTHESIZE 2: Synthesize information across two websites

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SYNTHESIZE 3: Synthesize information across a second set of two websites

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SYNTHESIZE 4: Synthesize information across four websites

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Synthesis Skills Demonstrated By Lower Performing Readers

SYNTHESIZE 1: Summarize information from one website

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SYNTHESIZE 2: Synthesize information across two websites

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SYNTHESIZE 3: Synthesize information across a second set of two websites

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SYNTHESIZE 4: Synthesize information across four websites

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