Oregon Department of Education

Common Core State Standards - Literacy in Science

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English Language Arts (ELA) & Literacy are the foundation of the K-12 Oregon Diploma; the Essential Skills for reading and writing are embedded within the CCSS. Without these skills, students won’t have access to full content in school.

The grades 6–12 standards are divided into two sections, one for ELA and the other for history/social studies, science, and technical subjects. This division reflects the unique, time-honored place of ELA teachers in developing students’ literacy skills while at the same time recognizing that teachers in other areas must have a role in this development as well.


Oregon Science Content Standards

The Oregon Science Content Standards define what students should know and be able to do during science instruction in K-8 and in high school.

CCSS Literacy Standards for Science & Technical Subjects

The CCSS for Literacy in Science and Technical Subjects represent the knowledge and skills students need to meet the challenges of reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language within the sciences and technical disciplines.
2014 Oregon Science Standards
In March 2014 the State Board of Education adopted the Next Generation Science Standards as the new Oregon science standards. The new standards will be phased in so that districts can implement changes in local curriculum, provide appropriate professional development for teachers, and provide students with opportunities to learn the content, practices, and cross-cutting concepts prior to assessment.
Grades 6-8      Word      PDF
2009 Oregon Science Standards
Oregon students will continue to be assessed on Oregon’s current Science Academic Content Standards until a new assessment aligned with the 2014 Science Standards is operational in 2018 - 19.
Grades 9/10    Word      PDF
Grades 11/12  Word      PDF

What Does the Common Core Mean for Me?

Video Excerpts

Learn about what the Common Core State Standards mean for content area teachers and their students with these short, informative videos.

Primers on the Common Core

Read about the Common Core State Standards for Literacy and the shifts that they require.
Content Area Literacy Common Core "Shifts" for English Language Arts & Literacy
Building Knowledge in the Disciplines Appendix A Excerpt: Writing
Academic Vocabulary Appendix A Excerpt: Vocabulary
Rethinking Literacy
Pairing Science and Literacy

Modules for Literacy in Science

CCSS Professional Learning Modules (California)

The module titled "Content Literacy for Science" focuses on the integration of literacy and science in the classroom as well as “real world” application that is required by the CA CCSS for ELA/Literacy. The emphasis of the Content Literacy for Science module is the integration of inquiry-based science, speaking and listening, writing, and reading informational text to: a) support the science learning; and, b) increase literacy skills.

A Deeper Look at the CCSS for Science (Rhode Island Department of Education)

This module developed by the Rhode Island Department of Education is designed to help participants examine literacy in the science classroom. Faciliator guides and handouts are included.

Improving Student Achievement in Science by Integrating Common Core Literacy Standards

These two videos, taken at the 2012 Summer Assessment Institute, capture the session provided by North Santiam SD that focused on strategies and techniques to incorporate CCSS in Literacy into science curricula and how to use district literacy coaches to minimize fear around teaching literacy skills.
Session 1: Reading and Writing in the Science Classroom (Facilitator's Guide) Literacy In Science Video 1
Consensogram Charts Literacy in Science Video 2
Session 2: The Place of Literacy in the Science Classroom (Facilitator's Guide) Facilitator's Guide for Videos
Lesson/Unit Plan Review Tool

N. Santiam SD PowerPoint from Summer Assessment Institute


Text Exemplars & Sample Performance Tasks

The text samples exemplify the level of complexity and quality that the Standards require all students in a given grade band to engage with. 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
Grades 6-8
Grades 9/10
Grades 11/12

Samples of Student Writing

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.
Grades 6-8
Grades 9-12

Instructional Strategies

The Common Core place more cognitive demand on students. Preparing students for the rigors of finding, synthesizing, and making meaning of information in the digital age will require shifts in instruction. Reading complex texts closely, writing, reflecting, speaking, and producing are vital to student success. The following activities help teachers across all content areas provide a framework for students to develop these skills.

  • Jamie Rumage Email    (503) 947-6504
    Standards and Instructional Support - Education Program Specialist