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Some of the Common Core State Standards for reading comprehension provide separate criteria for literary and informational text. In the information that follows, we address this criteria separately in parallel with the organization of the standards. We focus on differences between literary and informational text only where these types of text are fully distinguished in the standards, and we treat literary and information text together where the literary and informational criteria are essentially the same.

Range and Content of Student Reading

To build a foundation for college and career readiness, students must read widely and deeply from among a broad range of high-quality, increasingly challenging literary and informational texts. Through extensive reading of stories, dramas, poems, and myths from diverse cultures and different time periods, students gain literary and cultural knowledge as well as familiarity with various text structures and elements. By reading texts in history/social studies, science, and other disciplines, students build a foundation of knowledge in these fields that will also give them the background to be better readers in all content areas. Students can only gain this foundation when the curriculum is intentionally and coherently structured to develop rich content knowledge within and across grades. Students also acquire the habits of reading independently and closely, which are essential to their future success.

The following are the Common Core State Standards for reading comprehension:

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