Spark Courageous Thinking

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

Introduce
Read Closely
Write
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 narrator’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

Big Drinks, In or Out

Policy and Debate
CCSS.RI.6.1
Writing Prompt

Should the government ban large, sugary drinks?

CCSS.W.6.1

California Lawmaker Proposes Adding Health Warning Labels to Sodas

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

Making Arguments About Central Ideas

CCSS.RI.7.2

The Teenaged 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

Self-driving Cars Inch Closer to Mainstream Availability

CCSS.CCRA.R.6
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
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Grade 11

Making Arguments about Multiple Perspectives

CCSS.RI.11-12.6

The Cartes de Visite Craze

Catlysts 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

Developing and Using Models

CCSS.RST.11-12.9

Electrolytes and Homeostasis: In First Place

Environment and Nature
CCSS.RST.11-12.3
Writing Prompt

How do electrolytes help the human body maintain homeostasis?

CCSS.WHST.11-12.2

Caffeine May Help You Forget Less, Study Says

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 & 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