TEACHING LINKS Common Core State Standards Correlations and Activities for Tinker vs Des Moines

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Book: Be the Judge/Be the Jury: Tinker vs DesMoines
Subject: Social Science/History
Suggested Grade Levels: 7-8

Common Core Links


  • RI.7.3 Analyze the interactions between individuals, events, and ideas in a text (e.g., how ideas influence individuals or events, or how individuals influence ideas or events).
  • RI.8.5 Analyze in detail the structure of a specific paragraph in a text, including the role of particular sentences in developing and refining a key concept.
  • RI.7.9 Analyze how two or more authors writing about the same topic shape their presentations of key information by emphasizing different evidence or advancing different interpretations of facts.


  • W.7.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.
  • W.8.7 Conduct short research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question), drawing on several sources and generating additional related, focused questions that allow for multiple avenues of exploration.
  • W.7.9 Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

Speaking and Listening

  • SL.8.4 Present claims and findings, emphasizing salient points in a focused, coherent manner with relevant evidence, sound valid reasoning, and well-chosen details; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.


  • L.7.4 Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 7 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.

Teaching Links
Ideas to extend the learning with Common Core links:

  • Create a time line to show significant events through the trial. Use pictures and captions to support your thinking.
  • Have students discuss how the different features in the text support meaning. Ask them to work with a partner to analyze a feature from the selection and then create a written response addressing how it helps support learning.
  • Ask students to research several different accounts of this case. Have them create a Venn Diagram, T-chart, or a written narrative to display their findings. Students should use the text as evidence to support their thinking.