Common Core

Common Core Curriculum Standards

The Educational Touring Theatre and the Common Core Standards


The Educational Touring Theatre's unique science theatre presentations can  help schools meet their Common Core goals in cross-disciplinary literary learning.


Combining live, informational based, theatre performances and hands-on science workshops, ETT promotes integrated learning across multiple subject areas.  Along with providing key curriculum based scientific content and historical and social context within an artistic framework, these presentations provide a springboard for student research and writing opportunities.


Educational Touring Theatre performances, workshops, and study materials (provided on-line) are designed for students in the fourth to eighth grades. They help address the following Common Core State Standards:


Please Note: When a standard is shared by several grade levels, the text for earliest grade level standard has been provided. Please review the Common Core Standards to see text for more advanced grades.



English Language Arts - Speaking and Listening


Comprehension and Collaboration:


Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.

Come to discussions prepared, having read or studied required material; explicitly draw on that preparation and other information known about the topic to explore ideas under discussion.

Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions and carry out assigned roles.

Pose and respond to specific questions to clarify or follow up on information, and make comments that contribute to the discussion and link to the remarks of others.

Review the key ideas expressed and explain their own ideas and understanding in light of the discussion.

Paraphrase portions of a text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.

Identify the reasons and evidence a speaker provides to support particular points.


English Language Arts - Informational Text (Presentation)


Key Ideas and Details:


Refer to details and examples in a text (presentation) when explaining what the text (presentation) says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text (presentation).

Determine the main idea of a text (presentation) and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text (presentation).

Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text (presentation), including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text(presentation).

Analyze in detail how a key individual, event, or idea is introduced, illustrated, and elaborated in a text (presentation) (e.g., through examples or anecdotes).


Craft and Structure:


Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words or phrases in a text (presentation).

Describe the overall structure (e.g., chronology, comparison, cause/effect, problem/solution) of events, ideas, concepts, or information in a text (presentation) or part of a text (presentation) .

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


Integration of Knowledge and Ideas:


Interpret information presented visually, orally, or quantitatively (e.g., in charts, graphs, diagrams, time lines, animations, or interactive elements on Web pages) and explain how the information contributes to an understanding of the text (presentation) in which it appears.

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.


Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of using different mediums (e.g., print or digital text, video, multimedia) to present a particular topic or idea.


Explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text (presentation).


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.


English Language Arts -Science & Technical Subjects


Key Ideas and Details:


Cite specific textual (presentational) evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts (presentation).


Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text (presentation); provide an accurate summary of the text (presentation) distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.

Follow precisely a multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks.

Craft and Structure:


Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context .

Analyze the structure an author uses to organize a text (presentation), including how the major sections contribute to the whole and to an understanding of the topic.

Analyze the author's purpose in providing an explanation, describing a procedure, or discussing an experiment in a text (presentation).


Integration of Knowledge and Ideas:


Distinguish among facts, reasoned judgment based on research findings, and speculation in a text (presentation).

Compare and contrast the information gained from experiments, simulations, video, or multimedia sources with that gained from reading a text on the same topic.


English Language Arts - History/Social Studies


Craft and Structure:


Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text (presentation), including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.

Describe how a text (presentation) presents information (e.g., sequentially, comparatively, causally).

Identify aspects of a text (presentation) that reveal an author's point of view or purpose (e.g., loaded language, inclusion or avoidance of particular facts).

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas:


Distinguish among fact, opinion, and reasoned judgment in a text (presentation).





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