Compare and Contrast Articles


  • How do the authors utilize statistics to demonstrate teacher and general approval of Common Core? The authors utilizes statistics by using percents and survey tables.
  • What is unique about author one’s approach vs. author two’s approach? The author of article one thinks that Common Core has a negative effect on students compared to the author of article two, which they think has a more positive effect.
  • What data does the first author include to support her claim? What data does the second author include to support her claim? To support her claim, the first author includes that less than half of teachers support Common Core and uses surveys to support her claim. Meanwhile, the second author claims that Common Core will most likely have more support in the future and uses reports and surveys to support her claim.
  • How do the tones differ? The tones differ because the first author has a negative tone on her claim while the second author uses a positive tone on her claim.
  • How did each of the authors think the students would be effected by Common core? The Author of article one thinks that first graders are thrown into math and reading way to fast and should be asking more simple questions than advanced math and poetry. Author two thinks that Common Core helps students more in math proving that it gets higher scores.
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Textual Evidence

Article 1: In 2013, 76 percent of teachers said they were in favor of the Common Core. In the new survey, only 40 percent say the favor Common Core--representing a 36-point drop in two years.

Article 2: But for now it looks like the common core or something very much like them may be seeing happier days ahead.