Oregon Department of Education

Common Core State Standards - Samples of Texts, Tasks, & Writing

Text Exemplars and Sample Performance Tasks (Appendix B)

Text Exemplars The text samples exemplify the level of complexity and quality that the Standards require all students in a given grade band to engage with. They are suggestive of the breadth of texts that students should encounter. The choices should serve as useful guideposts in helping educators select texts of similar complexity, quality, and range for their own classrooms. They expressly do not represent a partial or complete reading list.

Sample Performance Tasks further clarify the meaning of the Standards. These sample tasks illustrate specifically the application of the Standards to texts of sufficient complexity, quality, and range.

Samples of Student Writing (Appendix C)

These student writing samples have been annotated to illustrate the criteria required to meet the Common Core State Standards for particular types of writing—argument, informative/explanatory text, and narrative—in a given grade.

Some of the samples were written in class or as homework; others were written for on-demand assessments; still others were the result of sustained research projects. Where possible, each sample includes information about the circumstances under which it was produced.
Grades K-1 Kindergarten       Grade 1
Grades 2-3 Grade 2               Grade 3
Grades 4-5 Grade 4              Grade 5
Grades 6-8 Grade 6               Grade 7             Grade 8
Grades 9-10 Grade 9               Grade 10
Grades 11-CCR

Grade 11             Grade 12

Excerpted Appendices for Content Teachers

Research Supporting the Standards (Appendix A)

Research Supporting Key Elements of the Standards (Appendix A)
Appendix A: Research Supporting Key Elements of the Standards

Text Exemplars and Sample Performance Tasks (Appendix B)
6-8       9/10       11/12
Appendix A Supplement: New Research on Text Complexity
This document is meant to inform the field of new and relevant research and serve as a clarifying resource to educators and all those tasked with implementing the CCSS for ELA/Literacy.
Samples of Student Writing (Appendix C)
6-8       9-12