TEACHING LINKS Common Core State Standards Correlations and Activities for The Sacco-Vanzetti Trial

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Book: Be the Judge/Be the Jury: The Sacco-Vanzetti Trial
Subject: Social Science/History
Suggested Grade Levels: 7-8

Common Core Links


  • RI.7.2 Determine two or more central ideas in a text and analyze their development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text.
  • RI.8.6 Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text and analyze how the author acknowledges and responds to conflicting evidence or viewpoints.
  • RI.8.8 Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, assessing whether the reasoning is sound and the evidence is relevant and sufficient; recognize when irrelevant evidence is introduced.


  • W.8.1 Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence
  • W.8.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. (Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in standards 1–3 above.)
  • W.7.9 Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

Speaking and Listening

  • SL.8.2 Analyze the purpose of information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and evaluate the motives (e.g., social, commercial, political) behind its presentation.


  • 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:

  • Select key words from the selection that are essential to understanding the content. Write each one on a separate sticky note. Arrange the notes in an order that allows you to create a powerful summary. Share the summary orally with a partner or use the key words to create a written summary.
  • Have students create a written argument for a strength of this book. The argument should include a statement of opinion, followed by a series of statements offering support and citing specific reference to the text or the visuals. The argument should end with a restatement of the opinion as a conclusion.
  • Consider the author’s purpose and the techniques used to ensure this purpose is met. How does the author make his or her opinions clear in this selection?