Sunshine State Standards

             “Teachers must help students become active, engaged, critical readers of their textbooks” (Kane 2007, 65).  A great deal of content area material is learned through the use of a textbook.  Although reading comprehension applies directly to the use of the textbooks, specific standards have also established the importance of reading across the curriculum.  I have included one these benchmark standards from each grade level per content area from the Sunshine State Standards. 


Language Arts


The student will identify advanced word/phrase relationships and their meanings.



The student will use background knowledge of subject and related content areas, prereading strategies, graphic representations, and knowledge of text structure to make and confirm complex predictions of content, purpose, and organization of a reading selection;



The student will use strategies to repair comprehension of grade-appropriate text when self-monitoring indicates confusion, including but not limited to rereading, checking context clues, predicting, note-making, summarizing, using graphic and semantic organizers, questioning, and clarifying by checking other sources.





Solve real-world problems involving multiplication and division of fractions and decimals.


Add, subtract, multiply, and divide integers, fractions, and terminating decimals, and perform exponential operations with rational bases and whole number exponents including solving problems in everyday contexts.



Perform operations on real numbers (including integer exponents, radicals, percents, scientific notation, absolute value, rational numbers, and irrational numbers) using multi-step and real world problems.







Define a problem from the sixth grade curriculum, use appropriate reference materials to support scientific understanding, plan and carry out scientific investigation of various types, such as systematic observations or experiments, identify variables, collect and organize data, interpret data in charts, tables, and graphics, analyze information, make predictions, and defend conclusions.


Identify an instance from the history of science in which scientific knowledge has changed when new evidence or new interpretations are encountered.



Explain that science is one of the processes that can be used to inform decision making the community, state, national, and international levels.

Social Studies

It should be understood that the Florida Sunshine State Standards for Social Studies are


currently under revision.  Thus, these standards are simply grouped as middle grades standards.




The student understand historical perspective and knows the relative value of primary and secondary sources and uses this information to draw conclusions from historical sources such as data in charts, tables, graphs.

SS. B.1.3.1


The student understands the world in spatial terms and uses various map forms (including thematic maps) and other geographic representations, tools, and technologies to acquire, process, and report geographic information including patterns of land use, connections between places, and patterns and processes of migration and diffusion.



The student understands the structure, functions, and purposes of government and how the principles and values of American democracy are reflected in American constitutional  government that are expressed in the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Federalist Papers, and other writings.