Spark Courageous Thinking

Build students’ close reading, writing, and critical thinking skills across subjects.
Provide the essentials for standards-based, differentiated instruction for Grades 3-12.
Personalize learning to help students find their own powerful voices.

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Introduce
Read Closely
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Practice Reading
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Grade 4

The Writing Process

CCSS.W.4.1

A Calculated Risk

Risk and Gain
CCSS.RI.4.2
Writing Prompt

Why does Jonas Salk's risk make him a great American hero?

CCSS.W.4.2

Canine Hero

CCSS.CCRA.R.8
Grades 3-5
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Grade 5

Summarizing

CCSS.RI.5.2

"Fear" by Gary Soto

Overcoming Adversity
CCSS.RI.5.3
Writing Prompt

How does the reader’s view of Frankie change throughout the narrative?

CCSS.W.5.1

An Experiment in Discrimination

CCSS.CCRA.R.8
Grades 3-5
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Grade 6

Claims

CCSS.W.6.1

Could Driverless Cars Solve Distracted Driving?

Policy and Debate
CCSS.RI.6.1
Writing Prompt

Are driverless cars the solution to distracted driving?

CCSS.W.6.1

Self-driving Cars Inch Closer to Mainstream Availability

CCSS.CCRA.R.6
Grades 6-8
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Grade 7

Making Arguments About Central Ideas

CCSS.RI.7.2

The Teenage Brain

Risk and Gain
CCSS.RI.7.2
Writing Prompt

Does teenage brain development influence risk-taking behavior?

CCSS.W.7.2

Attempts at Flight Before the Wright Brothers

CCSS.CCRA.R.8
Grades 6-8
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Grade 8

Reasoning

CCSS.RI.8.8

Can Machines Learn Morality?

Policy and Debate
CCSS.RI.8.2
Writing Prompt

Do machines have the ability to be moral?

CCSS.W.8.2

Ethics Report Could Help NASA Weigh Risks of Long-Term Space Travel

CCSS.CCRA.R.8
Grades 6-8
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Grade 9

Counterarguments

CCSS.RI.9-10.6

The Most Dangerous Game

Overcoming Adversity
CCSS.RI.9-10.3
Writing Prompt

Is Rainsford driven by terror or his own desire to dominate Zaroff? Analyze his motivations throughout the story and support your claim with evidence from the text.

CCSS.W.9-10.1

Primate Brains May Explain Humans’ Fear of Snakes

CCSS.CCRA.R.8
Grades 9-10
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Grade 10

Audience

CCSS.RI.9-10.4

At Airports, a Misplaced Faith in Body Language

Communication
CCSS.RI.9-10.3
Writing Prompt

What does the author warn about relying on nonverbal cues in order to detect lying?

CCSS.W.9-10.2

Social Media: It's So 1st Century BC

CCSS.CCRA.R.8
Grades 9-10
View Grade 11 Sample

Grade 11

How to Write a DBQ

CCSS.RH.9-10.1

The Cartes de Visite Craze

Catalysts for Change
CCSS.RI.11-12.7
Writing Prompt

How did the small, personal photographs called cartes de visite help change the way people saw the Civil War?

CCSS.W.11-12.1

World War I Let Artists Show How It Changed Our Lives

CCSS.CCRA.R.8
Grades 11-12
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Grade 12

Analyzing and Interpreting Data

CCSS.RST.11-12.9

New Genetic Clue to Anorexia

Environment and Nature
CCSS.RST.11-12.4
Writing Prompt

What are the key findings of the study at the Scripps Research Institute with regards to the causes of anorexia?

CCSS.WHST.11-12.2

Who Should Own DNA? All of Us

CCSS.CCRA.R.8
Grades 11-12

How Teachers Use ThinkCERCA

SCHOOLWIDE LITERACY COLLABORATION

"ThinkCERCA really takes the students through the process of how to create a good argument of having a claim, using evidence and supporting it with reasoning. They are starting to apply the CERCA pattern in other subjects… I've had other teachers say they are seeing it as well!"
- Dan L, Sauganash Elementary School, 8th Grade ELA Teacher

RIGOR FOR COLLEGE AND CAREER READINESS

"My students are already 2 steps ahead of where they need to be since incorporating ThinkCERCA. ThinkCERCA really prepares my students for the assessments they need to take by teaching them how to support their claim and argument and stay on task."
- Nick C and Deborah C, Arthur A Libby Elementary School, 8th Grade Teachers

DIFFERENTIATED INSTRUCTION

"Last year, I had such a hard time searching for texts that I want my students to be reading and here it is -- all in one program. A variety of readings, leveled so I can reach my ELL and special ed students."
- Julie K, Lyman A Budlong Elementary, 7th Grade ELA Teacher