English Language Arts Standards » Anchor Standards » College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Writing

The grades 6–12 standards on the following pages define what students should understand and be able to do by the end of each grade span. They correspond to the College and Career Readiness (CCR) anchor standards below by number. The CCR and grade-specific standards are necessary complements—the former providing broad standards, the latter providing additional specificity—that together define the skills and understandings that all students must demonstrate.

Text Types and Purposes1

  • 1. Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
  • 2. Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
  • 3. Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details and well-structured event sequences.

Production and Distribution of Writing

  • 4. Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
  • 5. Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.
  • 6. Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others.

Research to Build and Present Knowledge

  • 7. Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
  • 8. Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, assess the credibility and accuracy of each source, and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism.
  • 9. Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

Range of Writing

  • 10. Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.

1 These broad types of writing include many subgenres. See Appendix A for definitions of key writing types.